9 Helpful Tips For Every Computer Science Student
Hello there! In this post, I’m going to share some of the very useful tips that every computer science student should follow. This is not some programming guide but rather these are some general useful tips that you should try to follow if you are a computer science student or if you are planning to learn to program and getting a job in the same. Let’s get started!
1. Don’t rely on college lectures only, but also don’t bunk all the lectures
You are not going to learn every piece of tech from college lectures, so stop relying on lectures and colleges and start learning on your own but by that, I don’t mean that you should bunk lectures. Some of the basics of programming and fundamentals you can learn very well from college lectures. But most of the college syllabus has not been updated for the last 10 years or so and therefore it is not so industry-oriented and doesn’t cover the latest technologies. Therefore, you should learn about the latest technologies and frameworks on your own.
2. Learn how to work with a team
Learn how to communicate with a group of people while building software or working on something. Learn how a project structure is maintained when a bunch of people is working on the same project. Learn version control and git to keep up with the team in a project. Also, learn general communication skills and management skills, it’s very important when you work in corporate culture.
Bonus Tip: Work on projects with new people rather than your friends, it will give you the confidence to put your thoughts forward and will push you out of the comfort zone.
3. Don’t run after learning many languages, learn fundamentals of programming
Learning new programming languages is fun and also a good choice when you are a student because once you start working in a company on a particular project, you won’t get the chance or motivation to learn new programming languages. But don’t rush into learning new languages. Instead, learn the core concepts of programming. Learn Data Structures and Algorithms, Learn problem-solving, Learn how the program works and how the compilers work. If your basics are clear, learning new languages and frameworks is not an uphill battle.
4. A good project speaks louder than a bunch of course certificates in your resume
Build projects. In an interview, it doesn’t matter how many courses you have taken and how many certificates you have but what matters is how many projects you have on your resume. And by project, please don’t misunderstand yourself with the To-Do list app or some game. Build real-world like projects. Build a CRUD(Create, Read, Update, Delete) application. Manage databases, Learn to consume APIs and write codes in such a way that others can also read and understand.
Bonus tip: Deploy your application online. A live working application won’t just speak louder, it will scream for you!
5. Build and maintain GitHub and LinkedIn profiles, Do it now!
THIS IS MUST. If you are looking forward to getting a job after your college or even after a master’s degree, build a good GitHub and LinkedIn profile. GitHub is your portfolio for your projects and LinkedIn helps you to connect with the Companies and fellow programmers, too. Upload and maintain your projects in Github repositories, Contribute to Open Source Projects. Build connections on LinkedIn. It won’t look intimidating at first sight, but it will help you for sure in the long run.
6. Be patient… You can’t learn it all in a day or a week
This is almost, every newbie programmer ever. You can’t be a Data Scientist in a Day, neither can you build a new Netflix or Instagram in a month. Learning takes time. Spend 2 to 3 months in learning and practicing the basics of any new technology or framework. Then, build a project, it will teach many more things than the 2–3 months of basics but to start building a project, you must learn those basics. And don’t just know about the languages and frameworks, Understand it. If you have built a complete project, try to optimize the code that you’ve written and also search for the different approaches that you can try to solve that problem.
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
7. Stay updated with the latest trends and technologies
Google about new trends in the industry, Read and join the discussions on online communities. Learn about upcoming technologies in news and articles. Follow a tech YouTube channel or Facebook Page. Share and discuss these topics with your friends. Also, Participate in online as well as offline Hackathons and coding challenges and meetups. You will meet many fellow programmers and students and will learn a lot from them. Ask them about what they are currently working on and if you find something interesting, learn more about it and share your thoughts on the subjects that you are already familiar with.
For instance, you can follow ByteTales if you want.😉
8. Do internships, Do a lot of internships!!
You can learn a lot more from an internship than any college lecture or online course. Internships will teach you what it is to be a software developer and an employee in the corporate world. By working on a big-scale project, You will gain experience of how things work in real life, how to approach a problem and solve it with the team and sometimes by yourself, too. You will get insights into how user management is done in real-life applications. Internships and Letter Of Recommendation will help you if you in getting into a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Internships are also very helpful in landing jobs, too but more than that it helps you grow as a developer as well as an employee in general.
9. Enjoy the journey!!
And last but not least, enjoy college life and have fun. Future and career are important but to chill is important, too. Hangout with friends, Binge watch Tv shows, Travel a lot and Live your life to the fullest. Don’t waste your precious time doing drugs and getting high, it feels cool and great but eventually, you will regret it.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi
That’s all for now. If you found this post helpful, share it with your friends. #HappyCoding!💻🙌