How to learn MERN Stack: A guide
Want to learn MERN stack, but don’t know where to start? You came to the right place because this is where you can look at a glance at all the different methods you can choose to learn MERN stack and choose what fits you best.
There are three main methods to learn MERN Stack. You can either self-study through free resources gathered online, purchase an online course that deals with MERN stack, or join a code academy that teaches you MERN stack and many other skills. We’ll be going through the pros and cons for all of them below:
Self-study through free resources
This one is by far the most economical method. You don’t have to pay for anything, you can learn MERN on your own time, and at your own pace. But (and this is a HUGE but) you have no direction and no guidance. Sure, you can read blogs about it and watch youtube videos about learning MERN on your own, but the resources might be scattered. You will find one youtube channel covering the basics of Node JS really well, but they don’t talk about MongoDB or React. Some content would be in an easy-to-watch video format, but others might come in lengthy E-books without an easy-to-understand video.
The cons of this option outweigh the pros if you are a beginner. It’s harder to find specific topics and useful insights if you aren’t an expert on the material. After all, you don’t want to spend 10 hours searching for a topic only to realize that it isn’t that important when it comes to the practical applicability of MERN stack. Thus, this option is recommended for professionals who know what they want to find and are adept at finding them.
Paid online courses
This option comes as a savior from the self-study method. It promises to compile a course on MERN stack, includes videos and lectures, and puts you at mental ease because you don’t have to do the dirty work of finding resources and compiling them. They do it for you, obviously for a price. Here is the first con of this option.
The second drawback of online courses is a lack of in-depth practical application and guidance. Sure, they can provide you with recorded lectures and give you access to a discussion form, but who’s going to help you when you are stuck at a problem on a Wednesday evening? We all know how dead the discussion forms are and the lack of attention given to a student when they are taking an online course. Furthermore, a course doesn’t guarantee practical experience. It only teaches you the course and theory, not the application. The level of complexity in an online course’s project is very low compared to the complexity an employer’s application might require. Thus, it doesn’t fully prepare you for the employment experience you hope to gain once you complete the course.
Join a code academy like Nerdii
This is a solution that solves all the aforementioned issues and gives you the experience and knowledge you desire. A coding academy or a Bootcamp, like Nerdy, teaches you all the things your future employer would require. Ranging from the languages to the type of projects, it encompasses everything so that you graduate with a solid understanding of theory and rigorous background in its practice. It will cost you the same, or even less if you factor in the number of courses you’ll have to take to be fully proficient in MERN.
But more important than that, it will go an extra step and also prepare you for interviews with employers. After all, your success translates to their success, that’s why they would go the extra mile to make sure you succeed.
If you want to learn more about MERN stack and its uses, check out our earlier article!