How to Stick to Your New Year’s Learning Resolutions

With January 2019 officially in the history books, many of us are likely contemplating the New Year’s resolutions we made just a few weeks ago. Whether you aimed to go to the gym seven days a week, get your finances in order, or limit your social media use, there’s a strong statistical likelihood that your earnestly-made resolutions are already looking a little…frayed.

But help is here! When it comes to keeping people focused on building their skills, maintaining focus, and seeing things through to completion, we’d humbly suggest we know a couple things. So here are our tips for creating learning resolutions you’ll actually keep.

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Be clear on your goals

It’s a great instinct to want to be audacious and learn something new. Setting yourself a challenging goal and achieving it is what Udacity is all about. But it’s important to frame ambitious goals properly—you need to think about your motivation to achieve the goal, and you should be clear on the steps you must take to reach it.

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3 Tips on How to Manage Fast-Paced Learning

Prioritizing your time, planning ahead, and relying on your community can help you successfully manage a fast-paced learning experience.

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It’s one thing to know going in that a Nanodegree program is all about focused learning. It’s another thing altogether to actually experience firsthand what fast-paced learning is really like.

When we talk about our programs being compact, efficient, and effective, we mean that every minute of your classroom time is optimized for maximum learning. It’s what makes skills acquisition at this level possible, and it’s why you enrolled. But the realities can be intense. Things move fast, the projects can be difficult, and you are challenged at every point to do your very best work.

When it’s all over and done and you’ve successfully graduated, your skills will be at a whole new level, as will your confidence. But while you’re in progress, you may feel overwhelmed. The following tips can help you successfully contend with a fast-paced learning environment.

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6 Reasons Why Developers Should Learn Kotlin

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Lots of amazing companies, such as Pinterest, Netflix, Lyft, and Capital One (not to mention Udacity!) have embraced Kotlin in their tech stacks. And ever since Google announced official support for Kotlin for Android development, there has been a huge surge of interest in the language. Now Udacity, in partnership with Google, has announced the new Kotlin Bootcamp for Programmers course. This is a free course where you’ll learn the essentials to start building your own Kotlin projects.

But why should developers learn Kotlin? In this article, we’ll look at Kotlin’s benefits and explain why YOU should seriously consider adding it to your skillset.

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What is Artificial Intelligence?

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about AI

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the world’s most exciting frontier for knowledge and technology. Everywhere you look, people are talking about intelligent machines improving our lives. For all of the excitement, many of the concepts and applications are still highly technical, and can be confusing if you’re not familiar with the basics of AI. If you have questions, you certainly aren’t alone!

Read on to learn answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about AI.

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5 Ways To Stay On Track To Achieve Your 2018 Goals

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As we move from January to February, we no longer make mistakes writing the date—we’re comfortable with it being 2018 now. But “comfortable” cuts both ways, and it’s often all too easy to let that New Year’s excitement slip away. Instead of remaining passionate about what we were going to change, we get “comfortable” with things staying the same.

Which makes this the perfect time to redouble your efforts to stick to your 2018 goals! To help you do just that, we’ve assembled a shortlist of tips that will help you stay on track.

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How to Build an App: First Steps

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So you have a brilliant idea for a new smartphone app and want to know how to get started? Great! In this post you’ll find out how to build an app, and start transforming your creative idea into a finished product that people can download from the App Store or the Google Play Store. We’ll help you understand the critical importance of research, and make it clear why you need to be passionate about your app concept. We’ll help you identify the different skills you’ll need to succeed, and explore valuable design concepts that you can use to build the best experience for your future users.

Let’s begin with research.

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Struggling to Find Inspiration on LinkedIn? Look Again!

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When we’re down, feeling unmotivated, and in need of a spark, we often turn to the internet for help. We go looking for those stories that energize and inspire us. We want to be uplifted. But inspiration is not all we go looking for—we seek information as well.  We want knowledge, evidence, facts. We want to know what it takes to succeed, and how to get it.

There was a time when inspiration-seekers would go to LinkedIn for all the above and more.

But today, many people complain of shady recruiting solicitations, and too many self-proclaimed influencers parroting empty clichés. They bemoan a ceaseless parade of pinterest-esque aphorisms about leadership, and smug recitations of how someone hired someone despite their lack of qualifications. Many have taken to LinkedIn to complain about the above, and many others have complained about the complaints.

If these trends have put you off LinkedIn, you’re apparently not alone.

But we encourage you to look again at LinkedIn, because amongst all the noise and chatter, there can still be found powerful stories from hard-working lifelong learners who are accomplishing amazing things in their lives every day.

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