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Programming as an academic subject is becoming a bigger part of most students' lives. It wasn't taught at all before computers existed as coding software didn't exist either. Nowadays, whether it's part of an IT, computer science, or software engineering course, programming or coding is a skill that's being taught almost everywhere.
Let's look at why it's important that you study programming, the challenges you'll face, what you can learn about it at school, and how private online programming tutoring can help.
At its core, programming is a way to learn about how computer software works and by learning more about coding, you'll learn more about programming languages, computers, and technology. But there's more to it than that.
By studying software engineering or computer science, students learn about problem-solving and how to approach problems by breaking them down into their parts. When you study programming, you're going to run into problems that you have to solve.
You also need incredible patience to get code to work. Even programmers with years of experience will write code that doesn't function as intended and on top of learning to be patient enough to fix it, you'll learn to better control your emotions as you deal with the problem.
You'll also learn to work on your own. While a lot of programming projects and lessons will be collaborative and you'll need to come together to exchange ideas and give feedback, there'll also be long periods where it'll be just you and your code. Software engineers need to be able to work in teams and also have the determination to spend hours alone working on their projects.
We've alluded to the fact that programming isn't necessarily easy. Computers can be particularly pedantic when it comes to running software. While humans are more forgiving of typos or minor grammatical errors, a computer isn't. This means that the slightest mistake in your code will cause it to not function as intended or not function at all.
When this happens, it'll be up to you to find where the mistake is and to correct it. In some cases, part of your code will work for a certain function or application but cause problems elsewhere. This means that when you find and fix the problem, it could cause another part of your code to stop working.
Learning how to program can be a slow and laborious process where you spend hours tinkering with a single line of your code just trying to get something that you thought would be easy to work. However, as we said, this will build character, make you more patient, and make you more perseverant.
In the past, the only way students could learn about computers was through their IT lessons. However, IT, as a subject, is more about how to operate computers. Nowadays, if you want to learn more about coding and start working towards a career in software engineering, computer science is probably the subject you should study at school.
With that in mind, let's see what you'll learn during a typical GCSE in computer science. We've taken the AQA exam as an example and while there will be slight changes to the course depending on the exam board, this should give you a better idea of what to expect.
Students studying computer science will learn about algorithms, programming constructs, programming techniques, types of programming languages, and data representation. They'll also study the theory behind all this and look at computer systems, memory and storage, computing fundamentals, networks, topologies, and protocols, and the fundamentals of cybersecurity.
Any students in secondary school considering a career will want to study computer science at GCSE and even A Level. With how important computers are becoming in all aspects of our lives, it's also worthwhile considering whether or not they'll need a good understanding of computers in the line of work they're interested in, too.
As rewarding as learning more about coding can be, it's clear that it's not always easy. In lessons at school, a teacher will have multiple students, often of different levels, all trying to learn in their own way. This means that some students will struggle because the lesson isn't adapted to them or that gifted students won't reach their potential as the class is being taught at a pace slower than what they're capable of.
With a private programming tutor, anyone can learn more about programming and coding in a way that works for them and online tutoring allows you to search for tutors from anywhere in the world.
As these tutors won't have to worry about wasting time and money travelling to each tutorial, they tend to charge less than face-to-face tutors and since programming is a subject that takes place predominantly behind a computer, the student can learn in the same way they would if the tutor was there.
If you're looking for online tutors to help you learn more about programming, check out the experienced and qualified tutors on Superprof. It's free to view each tutor's profile and read the reviews left by their other students.
There are a few different programming languages you could learn (Python, Java, C++, etc.) and if you're not sure about which one you'll need, don't forget that a lot of the tutors on Superprof offer the first lesson for free.
No matter your level, an online programming tutor can help you learn about programming languages, web development, cybersecurity, or even just help you with your computer science exams at school, college, or university.
Generally speaking, the higher the level and the rarer the programming language, the more your tutor will probably charge for the lessons, but as we mentioned, online tutoring is usually cheaper than a face-to-face lesson as the tutor saves time and money on travelling to each private tutorial.
Of course, if you don't feel like the online tutoring experience is right for you, the tutors on Superprof also offer face-to-face private tutorials and group tutorials.
You can discuss directly with your tutor via email or phone. Their contact details are in the left-hand column of the lesson request page. You can then decide with your teacher on the preferred format of classes.
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