How to learn python for beginners?

If you want to learn python, you may have asked yourself: Where should I start learning? Do I need to take any paid courses? And how do I really make progress?

There are tons of information on how to learn python. I show you six useful tips on how to learn python for beginners. And how you can learn fast, easy to build a sustainable knowledge of programming.

It will make so much fun! Let’s get started.

1. Learn the fundamentals of programming

It is no secret that you need to learn the fundamentals of programming. But what does that mean? And where can you learn this? To understand the fundamentals of programming you will need two things: First, you will need to learn the basics. Learn what are variables, if-else statements, e.g. And second is you need to learn how to use them.

You need to understand, that programming is not about a specific language. A language is only the vocabulary you will need. But of course, you will also learn about grammar and how you frame a sentence. Programming is all about breaking complex problems into smaller pieces and manage the complexity of them.

When I started to learn programming, I wasn’t committed to any language. I did my first projects in BASIC and C++. Today there are much more beginner-friendly and powerful languages and tools like Python, Node.js or Go.

If you understood the fundamentals of programming you can use these abilities in any programming language you want. It will be very easy for you to learn a new programming language if you have understood the basics.

2. Where should I start?

2.1. Start with the official documentation

There are very many resources where you can learn python online. Everybody is writing his own tutorial our course. But the official documentation and tutorial actually are very good! If you read the official documentation you know almost everything you need to know about python. There is no hidden secret or complicated hacks that are not documented somewhere for free!

However, if you want a tutorial that really takes you by the hand you can, of course, read other free tutorials as well.

2.2. Free online tutorials I can recommend

The official documentation is fine as a reference, but if you need a step-by-step tutorial on how to learn python for beginners, here are my personal recommendations.

2.3. What about paid courses?

There is no real need to buy a paid course on python. However, it can make sense for some people. If you are searching for paid courses that are coming with a certificate, that can help you to get a job, perfect! But if you just want to learn python for yourself the free courses are completely sufficient.

Note that I will write more blog post about paid courses and recommendations soon!

3. Start your own project

When you start to learn the fundamentals of programming, you probably want to start your own project. Don’t wait until you have finished a course or a tutorial. Start your own project right now! Because, when you don’t use what you learn, you won’t get the experience.

It also makes a lot of fun and can be very exciting. When I started to learn python, I wanted to develop my own discord bot. I have learned so much since I started this project. I needed to learn everything about databases, web development, javascript, and other APIs or interfaces.

But don’t start a project that will be beyond your skills. If you are already familliar with other programming languages you can start a more complex project. But if you are a complete beginner then create something easy.

Always think of something you would also use yourself in your day-to-day work. Start with a simple calculator or a todo list you can use. Be creative and maybe you have an idea that can be interesting to other people as well. Share your project on social media and let people contribute or review it!

4. Read other people’s source code

One of the very best methods to learn something new is to learn it from other people. You will make tremendous progress if you start reading other people’s source code. Good developers use their own best-practices and you can get an idea of how to structure and design your code. Of course, there are a few less good designed source codes as well. But my experience is, that you can learn every time something new when you start to read other people’s code.

So where can you get other people’s source code? If you are not familiar with Git already, you should get started with it! Don’t be afraid if you don’t understand how to use Git the right way. But if you are searching on Github or Gitlab you will find a lot of useful opensource code on the internet.

You can also contribute to projects and work with other people together. Of course, you should have already a good knowledge when you do that. But if you finished the basics and you want to become a much better developer, this is one of the best advice I can give you.

5. Learn to think out-of-the-box

When you really want to become a more advanced developer, you need to think out-of-the-box. As I said already, there is no single language you should only focus on. The same applies to software, tools, and operating systems.

If you want to build more useful applications and software you will come to a point where you need to learn other technologies as well.

For example, you want to store data in a database or build a web application. Then, you will need to learn SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, e.g. to build powerful applications. And if you want to work with multiple people on a single project, you will need to learn source control like Git. Do you want to scale your application? Then you probably need to learn about docker.

So try to not focus on any specific topic. Learn to combine different technologies and focus on the tools that are proven to work and existing already!

6. Keep it going! Try to code regularly

If you start your own project and you don’t work on it regularly, you won’t make any progress. That doesn’t mean you need to code for hours and hours every day. Be patient and try to schedule a few hours per week at least. But If your breaks are too long, you will forget what you’ve done in the last past days.

When I work on a project, I manage my time very carefully. Because I know, when I start to code, I completely forget about the time. I have learned that I make more progress when I code a few hours, for approximately three or four days per week.

You need to find your own rythm!