would it be a good idea to drop out of university?

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    Right, so I'm currently a second year undergraduate studying computer science and I'm absolutely lost. I'm struggling to learn programming and it's taking me a really long time to understand some of the coding. I don't know why but even after learning something I just feel awful. I've tried getting help from the teachers but they hardly teach anything. They say that a lot of the second year is self study. They've given us a book called "Introduction to java programming by Daniel Liang" and I really hate the book because I find it difficult to learn from lol. The first year of my degree was very easy because the teachers would actually teach and the work load was far less. I just don't know what to do at the moment. I feel like this course isn't for me, I really want to drop it and do an apprenticeship maybe, reason being because I feel that they'd actually teach me how to do something and I'll be able to develop the skills and experience that's needed in a workplace. My parents however are pretty strict on this and say nope you're not going to drop computer science, you've got loans to pay for now and they're going to go to waste.

    To summarise: I'm hating computer science and I regret choosing it now, should I drop out of university for an apprenticeship? or should I carry on studying?

    Hi, I see where you're coming from.

    Sit back a minute, brace yourself, think about your options, then scientifically make a decision. You say you are hating CS, but that appears to me to be because you are not coping. Ask yourself, "If I were to improve my knowledge and skills in CS, would I enjoy it, or would I still hate it?".

    If the answer is you would still hate it, then thinking laterally, I would contact your uni admin (also speak to your personal tutor) and try and shift over to a different course that you do like, either at the same uni or elsewhere.

    If the answer is that you would begin liking CS if your performance improved, I would suggest, take leave of absence for a few months or a year, and brush up on your knowledge of the subjects by:

    a) reading up + coding (NOT ONE OR THE OTHER BUT BOTH! - that's the only way to learn programming)
    b) find a good tutor.
    c) sort out any other problems at uni -e.g. friendships, hobbies, sport, health.

    Then join again refreshed.

    Hope this helps.

    Mukesh (MSc CS)

    I agree with the last post. Take stock and try to sort out your priorities. There is time to recover yet. With regard to learning Java or whatever language you studying, bear in mind that it is horses for courses in terms of material. There are a gazillion and one books out there (and in your uni library) so find the one that suits you. I remember having a Eureka moment when I discovered Stroud's Engineering Mathematics books. Suddenly it all made sense. Also, with regard to programming, do a little every day. Like all skills you can't just read a book and be good. You have to work at it.

    Hang in there. If you really are hell bent on quitting, I seriously consider you put into place a viable plan B rather than leaving and hoping for the best. So find an apprenticeship, then tell your parents. This is what they are fretting about. That you will simply leave and they will be left to pick up the pieces of someone who is low on self-esteem and positivity.

    Good luck!
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