A Smarter Way to Learn HTML & CSS Learn it Faster, Remember it Longer by Mark Myers



Bibliographic Information:
Title: A Smarter Way to Learn HTML & CSS
Editor: Mark Myers
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Unknown Publisher
Length: 322 pages
Size: 3.51 MB
Language: English



If you embrace this method of learning, you’ll get the hang of HTML and CSS in less time than you might expect. And the knowledge will stick.
You’ll catch onto concepts quickly.
You’ll be less bored, and might even be excited. You’ll certainly be motivated.
You’ll feel confident instead of frustrated.
You’ll remember the lessons long after you close the book.
Is all this too much for a book to promise? Yes, it is. Yet I can make these promises and keep them, because this isn’t just a book. It’s a book plus 1,800 interactive online exercises. I’ve done my best to write each chapter so it’s easy for anyone to understand, but it’s the exercises that are going to turn you into a real HTML coder.

Cognitive research shows that reading alone doesn’t buy you much long-term retention. Even if you read a book a second or even a third time, things won’t improve much, according to research.

And forget highlighting or underlining. Marking up a book gives us the illusion that we’re engaging with the material, but studies show that it’s an exercise in self-deception. It doesn’t matter how much yellow you paint on the pages, or how many times you review the highlighted material. By the time you get to Chapter 50, you’ll have forgotten most of what you highlighted in Chapter 1.

This all changes if you read less and do more—if you read a short passage and then immediately put it into practice. Washington University researchers say that being asked to retrieve information increases long-term retention by four hundred percent. That may seem implausible, but by the time you finish this book, I think you’ll believe it.
Practice also makes learning more interesting.
Trying to absorb long passages of technical material puts you to sleep and kills your motivation. Ten minutes of reading followed by twenty minutes of challenging practice keeps you awake and spurs you on. And it keeps you honest. If you only read, it’s easy to kid yourself that you’re learning more than you are. But when you’re challenged to produce the goods, there’s a moment of truth. You know that you know—or that you don’t. When you find out that you’re a little shaky on this point or that, you can review the material, then re-do the exercise. That’s all it takes to master this book from beginning to end.I’ve talked with many readers who say they thought they had a problem understanding technical concepts. But what looked like a comprehension problem was really a retention problem. If you get to Chapter 50 and everything you studied in Chapter 1 has faded from memory, how can you understand Chapter 50, which depends on your knowing Chapter 1 cold? The read-then-practice approach embeds the concepts of each chapter in your long-term memory, so you’re prepared to tackle material in later chapters that builds on top of those concepts. When you’re able to remember what you read, you’ll find that you learn HTML and CSS quite readily. 

I hope you enjoy this learning approach. And then I hope you go on to set the Internet on fire with some terrific webpages.




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