The web design education industry has exploded from a small niche to a powerful, continually expanding force. Countless people all over the planet are interested in learning about how to build and design websites, and tons of companies are cropping up promising the ultimate solution.
The good news for you is that increased competition in this field is a great thing for customers. You have more options than ever for learning just about anything you want to know concerning web technologies. The big question though is, with so many options available, which is the right one for you? We’ll go over a number of different strategies being used to teach web development and discuss how you can figure out the most appropriate for your unique learning style. We’ll also include some resources to get you started on each available path.
So Many Options!
With some disciplines, the most difficult part of the education process is finding quality learning resources. This is definitely not the case with web design. The web is completely bursting with both free and purchasable information that will teach you all there is to know about web design and development.
The problem then shifts from one of scarcity to overabundance. With so much info available, how can you even know where to begin? Before you answer this question though, I think it’s critically important to discover which learning style is the most effective for you. Once you have this information, you can narrow your resources considerably.
Why Does It Matter?
If you’ve ever tried and failed to learn something, then this lesson should ring true with you. Sometimes you want to pick up a new skill, but there just seems to be some barrier between you and success. How can you overcome it? In a recent article, I introduced you to the freelancer’s secret to learning any new skill, which I firmly believe is a great way to force yourself into learning. However, even if you’ve put yourself in the position suggested by that article, you still have the actual learning process ahead of you.
“Odds are, you’ll find that you personally have more success using some methods than others.”
It often boils down to a question of methodology. Education professionals long ago discovered that people differ in their learning styles. Some people are visual learners, others absorb through reading and some can’t get a feel for something until they dig in with a hands-on experiment. Odds are, you’ll find that you personally have more success using some methods than others.
The key then is to find out which learning style you tend to have the most success with and find resources that focus on teaching through this method. Instead of a random Google search that leads to hours and hours of failed learning attempts, try making an educated go of choosing how you learn web design. Doing so could literally mean the difference between another failed attempt and an exciting new career.