Hey everyone, I was wondering if you were completely new to programming when you went to University, how did you learn to program? I spend a lot of time reading the books my University requires, but it all feels very dense and difficult to follow. I retain little to nothing. I started out with Python and loved it. The simplicity of the language allowed me to focus more on logic and solve problems. However, now, with C++, I am in my 4th week this semester and it's all really overwhelming. There's so much syntax, various data types, the rules feel less intuitive than Python, etc. I'm starting to wonder if reading the text is really kind of pointless in these classes -- which is why I am here. Is there a better way than slogging through the books? I love programming, but the textbook is draining the enjoyment. Especially when I have little recollection of what I read the next day. This is with handwriting notes, writing in the book, highlighting, and typing up the programming examples and studying the logic within them.