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Programming is a skill that you can study in a school in computer science lessons, on computer science courses at college or university, or with the help of a private tutor. It's a fairly modern skill and academic subject as programming languages have only been around as long as computers.
Let's have a look at the advantages of learning how to code, the challenges you'll face while you learn to code, how private tuition in programming can help, and the best ways to find private programming tutors in Birmingham.
By studying programming, you'll learn how to give computers instructions that they understand. Essentially, programming is writing instructions using a programming language (Python, Java, C++, etc.) and the computer executing those instructions either in the form of a program, app, website, etc. Of course, there's far more to it than that but giving a computer a set of simple instructions is probably the first thing you'll do on programming courses. Aside from the programming skills that you'll develop, there are also plenty of transferrable skills that you can get from studying how to code.
For one, as powerful and clever as computers may seem, they only really understand these instructions when they're written perfectly. Any mistakes in your code can cause unforeseen results or your program not to work. Learning to code will teach you to be meticulous, pay attention to detail, and be patient.
You'll also learn more about working with others and working on your own. On larger projects, teams and groups of individuals will come together to ensure their code, program, or modules work together. However, for large portions of the project, it'll just be you and your code and you'll need to be motivated and able to spend hours working on your own.
There are also lots of jobs that you can get with programming and in the future, there'll be even more jobs that require an advanced understanding of coding and how computers work. A lot of the most common jobs in the future probably don't even exist yet!
As we mentioned, when you code, you need you to get almost everything right, which means it can be incredibly frustrating when you don't. Programming will challenge you and sometimes, for seemingly no reason, your code won't work. When this happens, changing the lines of code that are causing your problems can lead to other parts of your code no longer working.
Programming is also one of these skills that can be very unrewarding at the beginning due to the time required to learn even some of the most basic skills. Much like learning real languages, it can take years of training before you're able to show off your skills. In the meantime, you just have to get your head down and study and practise.
When computers first hit the scene, the only thing students in school would learn was how to use them. While this is still true, most students in schools in Birmingham will have grown up with computers and technology so mightn't need to study GCSE IT at school. If this is the case and they're more interested in making computers work than learning how to use them, they'll probably want to study computer science.
To give you a better idea of what can be learnt on a computer science GCSE, we've looked at the AQA exam. While there will be some differences between exam boards, most of the core topics and skills will be there so this is representative of what students can learn.
Students will learn about algorithms, programming constructs, programming techniques, programming languages, and data representation. On their GCSE, they'll also study the theory behind computers and coding for them and learn about computer systems, memory and storage, computing fundamentals, networks, topologies, protocols, and cybersecurity.
While a computer science GCSE isn't essential as you can always pick it up at A Level or university, it's probably still a good idea to choose it if the course is offered as it'll give you an idea if computer science is for you.
We've mentioned just how tough learning to program can be, and even if you're also studying it at school, college, or university, you might need some help. Thanks to private tuition, you can learn coding skills from private tutors whether you're studying how to code elsewhere or not.
In schools, teachers are often tasked with teaching students of different levels and it's almost impossible for them to tailor each session to every pupil. This can cause some students to struggle and fall behind or others to never reach their full potential. Of course, this isn't necessarily the fault of the teacher but rather just a drawback to having lessons taught in this way. It's a good way to teach several students at once, but it isn't the most effective way to teach every individual student on the course.
With a private tutor, the lessons will be structured around the student, their level, experience, and preferred learning styles, allowing them to study what they want to learn in a way that works for them.
A tutor can also help you decide which programming language you'll need to learn. After all, Python is better suited to certain applications than Java, for example, and the type of software development you want to do will dictate what you should be learning in your lessons.
If you've decided to hire a private programming tutor for you or your child, have a look at the Superprof website. There are plenty of programming tutors in and around Birmingham who can help teach coding, web, app, or software development, or even provide academic support to students studying computer science or IT at school, college, or university.
You can view each tutor's profile, read reviews left by their other students, see what experience they have, and check to see if they offer the first lesson for free. A free session is a good opportunity to essentially interview the tutor, see how they can help, and sort out the finer details of the lesson such as where and when it takes place, how much it'll cost, and what will be on the course.
If you can't find any suitable tutors around Birmingham, then you can always look for online tutors. As long as you have a decent internet connection and a webcam, you can study almost any subject with a private online tutor. As the tutors don't need to travel to their lessons, they tend to charge less per hour too!
Group lessons are also good for those on a budget as you can share the cost of each hour with the other students. Of course, these lessons will suffer similar problems to lessons at school, college, or university, but if you and a few friends, colleagues, or family members are interested in learning more about coding, software development, web design, etc., it can be a good way to get started!
No matter what type of tutoring you're after, you can search for many different subjects and skills on Superprof!
The average price of programming lessons in Birmingham is £16.
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Programming is difficult to learn. Many students struggle with programming throughout the learning journey, whether at a beginner level, intermediate or advanced level. This is why additional coding tuition is so highly sought after.
With the help of a coding teacher many students are able to excel in this subject.
All programming private courses with a competent tutor offers you the opportunity to master the different coding concepts more quickly.
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