I joined FCC a little over a month ago, with a dual purpose: to learn coding/front end development, and to acquire some knowledge so that I can assist my son as he studies similar material in high school (with plans to follow up in college). Made it through most of the Responsive Web Design material, working a few hours a day over the last month, taking copious notes, etc. to review as needed. Today, began the Responsive Web Design Projects section -and- brick wall.
Set up a CodePen account, started setting up the Tribute page using HTML & CSS, but virtually every line in the user stories is giving me problems. I can recall (either by memory or skimming my notes) most of the specific elements, properties, etc., but I am unable to apply them in a meaningful way in order to set up the Tribute page. It is incredibly frustrating.
I understand how it can be useful to examine the code from the example, or look at Tribute pages created by others, but that seems to defeat the purpose of creating your own code & webpage. Copying work of others does not seem like it will be useful should I ever need to create my own project, from scratch. And in retrospect, many of the challenges encountered during the FCC program seem to default to that approach. They tell you how to change the background color; you follow the instructions, change a word or two, and it is done. On to the next challenge…
I can do the individual challenges without difficulty, but putting the components together in a meaningful application (i.e., the Tribute and upcoming Projects) seems to require a totally different mindset. Has anyone else encountered this problem? Is there some approach that I am not taking into consideration?
Going to take a break for tonight and start fresh another time. Any thoughts would be appreciated.