All the ways to Learn Python Programming - Pros & Cons

Hack the learning process and discover the ways to learn Python programming easier with their pros and cons suggested for any level from beginner to professional.

13 ways to learn Python programming
Last Updated 23 July, 2020
Language Developer Python Software Foundation
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01. eBook

eBooks are a great way to start your programming experiense or expand it even more, a mobile and presice way to learn Python programming. There are available in both paid and free, you can find great ebooks for any level.

Pros

Visual Customisation

You can change the font family or adjust it making it bigger or smaller for easier reading.

Electronic

You dont have to carry anything you can access all your ebooks from anywhere.

No light required

Since most of the screens provides their own light, you dont have to find one to study.

Eco Friendly

eBooks are eco friendly no trees where cut down in the process of distribution.

Comes Free too

There are a lots of free eBooks available besides paid eBooks.

Cons

Require electronic device

You should have a PC or a mobile device thats able to read your eBook format (PDF or Epub).

Availability

Not every book has got an eBook version.

Comprehension

Ebooks are harder to absorb than a printed version.

Eye Strain

Reading constantly on a screen can strain your eyes, resulting in red-eyes or itchiness in eyes. Read on well lighted rooms.

Screen Tiring

Staring at a lit screen can be tiring for the eyes and the brain and may disrupt your sleep.

02. Book

Physical books, we've been using them for centuries and for a good reason, with their comprehension ranking up Top we can say its the ideal way for someone to start learning Python programming, lots of great content and it is recommended for any level.

Pros

Comes Free too

There are a lots of free eBooks available besides paid eBooks.

Rare Content

There are a lot of books that are not available as an eBook.

Easier Sleep

Studying a book at night makes it easier to sleep than a screen reader as they suppress melatonin and make it harder to sleep.

Comprehension

Print can be remembered and absorbed better than an eBook.

Less distracting

Printed books are less distracting than an eBook as you dont skim pages.

Cons

No Eco-Friendly

Books are way more harmful to the enviroment than ebooks.

Size

The size of the books can cause you problems from carrying to storing it.

Durability

Books are not as durable an eBook is, you have to preserve it your self in a good condition.

03. Watch Videos

Watching videos is a great way to learn Python programming but the content and the depth of the subjects might be limited, as videos tend to cover parts of programming. Great way for beginner and maybe advanced programmers as you can watch some live programming and reproduce it, but not ideal for professional as the depth and the content is quite limited.

Pros

Comprehension

Watching videos is a very good way to understand the topic at hand depending on the depth of the video.

Cons

Depth

Watching videos may lack depth in some topics or for more advanced coding concepts.

04. Online Courses

Online courses is a great way also for anyone who wants to start Python programming or enchance some skills. The most notable benefits of the online courses is the Customised schedule and their comprehension, making them an excellent way for someone with limited time or a problematic schedule.

Pros

Customised Schedule

You can have your own custom schedule in the courses.

Cons

Cost

Online courses most of the time have a fee, although there a free too.

05. Online Code Editors

Online editors are usefull online tools where you can create, test and debug usually small parts of code in Python. They are also known as fiddle or code pens. They are usually better if you have some prior knowledge.

Pros

Fast test

You can use online editors to fast test a snippet of code, you dont have to setup anything in your system

Cons

Limitations

There are a few limitations in the code you can write and use as is is an online enviroment.

Prerequisities

Some prior knowledge might be required depending on the code and the IDE you are testing on.

06. Official Docs

Official documentation is the Python developer official manual for exlaining the language.

Pros

Depth

Official Docs normally should cover almost all the coding aspects of the Python language.

Cons

Official Dependance

The official documentation is as good as the official developer allowed to, some documentations might be overwhelming or with not clear or up-to-date coding style or examples.

07. Interactive Tutorials

Interactive tutorials is also a great way especialy for starters, because you get the theory along with an interactive example where you can see exactly how is your code working.

Pros

Fast Paced

Interactive tutorials are a fast way to understand coding with their interaction showing both theory and propably a live example where you can explore around.

Comprehension

Interactive tutorials ranks up very good in the comprehension chart, offering you a way to grasp things faster.

Cons

Depth

Interactive tutorials may lack depth for more advanced and complex codes.

08. Coding Games

Pros

Fast Paced

Pretty similar with the interactive tutorials, coding games are a fast way to understand coding with their live interaction.

Cons

Depth

Coding games may lack depth for more advanced and complex codes.

.09 Find a Teacher

Pros

Comprehension

Finding a teacher is propably the best way to understand a topic better, a good teacher is irreplaceable and can fill you up with what ever piece of information you may be missing.

Fast Paced

A teacher will have a standard pace but in general you will absorve more and faster than the other methods.

Cons

Time Limited

A teachers time is precious too, so the time they can teach you is limited but surely worth it.

Cost

Depending on the topic, you might have to pay the teacher, there are a lot of free coding maths around the world.

10. Find a Mentor Online

Pros

Comprehension

Finding a teacher or a mentor is propably the best way to understand a topic better, a good teacher is irreplaceable and can fill you up with what ever piece of information you may be missing.

Fast Paced

A teacher will have a standard pace but in general you will absorve more and faster than the other methods.

Cons

Time Limited

A teachers time is precious too, so the time they can teach you is limited although with online teaching its easier.

Cost

Depending on the topic, you might have to pay the teacher.

11. Research & Play with other people codes

Pros

Fast Paced

Expirementing with other people codes, it saves you the time to type it your self and play around with it to understand its coding concepts better along with other things such as coding architecture.

Depth

You can find lots of complex codes online and research them, even for very advanced coding concepts.

Cons

Coding influnse

Expirementing with other people codes you might inherit some of their "bad coding" too, so watch out for bad coding or outdated habbits.

12. Print your Notes

Another very usefull way to memorise something better is by printing it, either that may be a snippet, code examples, notes or even a whole book. There are a lot of cheatsheets ready that you could print too, but organising the key points you are missing researching them and printing them with a presentation that makes senses to you with examples and snippets or other explanations, makes it easier and faster to understand it, having them posted close to your coding station so you can refer to them fast.

Pros

Comprehension

In terms of comprehension your own notes ranks up in the 1st place, since you are the one that made them.

Visual Customisation

You can change the notes font size and family according to your needs.

Sharing

There are no limits to sharing your own notes, feel free to send it to your friends.

Cons

Require electronic device

You should have a PC or a mobile device to create your notes.

Requires Printer

You should have access or own a printer.

Requires Time

Creating and organising your own notes requires time, but it will worth it.

13. Fake Teaching

Some recent studies have shown that when we get to the story-telling mode our brain functions better and connects the dots faster, so try teaching or even fake it to someone, it will help you memorise them longer.

Pros

Long memory

When fake teaching our "story" is printed better for longer time.

Fast

Story telling's are generally fast paced, so you can refresh your current knowledge set at a fast tempo.

Cons

Prerequisities

To fake teaching you need to have some prior knowledge on the subject to do so.