Python Programming For Beginners - Orientation

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The following video is from an online educational course that teaches the basics of Python programming using mnemonics, metaphors and the science of learning titled “Learn Python: Like a Bee Student” by instructor Dylan Jorgensen

Welcome to our first orientation video and thank’s for your purchase.

I am excited to engage with you, and remember you can D.M. me, post in Q&A boards or leave reviews and I will use that feedback to make this course better.

Summary

In this video we are going to get a high level overview of the unique learning methods the course was constructed around.
Then I will end with a few recommendations to help you get the most out of your time.

The Spacing Effect

Learning is faster when the studying is spread out over time
Cramming for 5 hours is not the same as 1 hour each day M-F

Separating “What and Why” From “How”

This course addresses all topics in two ways: first by having a no-code discussion explaining the “What and the Why”, Then code examples that demonstrate the “How”

Right Brain “Why” Videos: Marked in Blue
These videos are marked in blue and do not contain any code, but instead are entirely english discussions, stories and metaphors. These videos address the same programming topics as the left brain videos but are designed to stimulate your creativity, and help you build an intuition for the what and why of programming.

Left Brain “How” Videos: Marked in Black
The left brain “How” videos are marked in black and contain code examples that I will talk through then demonstrate. The important things you should be looking to take away from these videos are the procedures, syntax, and logic.
Together, the goal of this overall structure is to prevent the right side of the brain from asking “What's the point?” and the left side of your braining saying “It’s too complicated”

The Mnemonic Effect

As humans we are wired to learn real life objects. But learning programming is not hands on or visual.
One problem is that with beginners everything is conceptual. Unlike learning to become a mechanic in an auto shop there is not wrench to look at, nothing to touch or imagine holding.
So we will use mnemonics to give that “real world” sense to the course.

Mnemonic Concepts

Each concept we discuss is connected to a physical object, you have likely interacted with in real life and can imagining seeing, feeling, and interacting with.

These will be presented in the “What & Why” videos during our discussions.

Try to use these objects in the real world to trigger the programming concepts. For example, every time you see a gas pump think about how the way it works in an analogy for function in programming.

The Metaphor Effect

I tried my best to tie each mnemonic to the metaphor that explains some kind of abstract similarity. Admittedly that kind of conversation will always be a work in progress so please post any metaphors or mnemonics you think of in the forums.

Also, we will treat programming as whole as a giant metaphor to writing.It’s weird but even if we're not great writers, most people seem to have a sense for what a writer’s life is like. But the same is not true for programming.

The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace (also known as the palace of loci) is a time-honored technique for memorization.

It works by imagining a place you know well and then putting the physical mnemonics we learned from the other chapter in your spacial memory.

Memory Palace

After the “What and Why” videos you will find bizarre stories that are all told in a single geographical location. The place I chose a fun location is Las Vegas where I also happen to live.

The stories contain the mnemonic objects and hopefully will make it easy for you to walk through the space in mind and remember all of our topics.

The Bizarreness Effect

Bizarreness effect is the tendency of bizarre material to be better remembered than common material.

The stories are purposely designed to make absurd leaps of logic, anthropomorphize objects and generally address bizarre and unrealistic situations.

Let's Get Started!

This belief effect will play out in a lot of way that you might not notice. So just take this time to remind yourself that you are capable, and there is nothing special about people who make a good living as programmers that you can’t achieve.

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