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Tips To Prepare For A Ui/Ux Design Course

A UI/UX design course teaches you how to develop user-friendly interfaces. It guides you in creating visually pleasing elements by aligning your creative input with the brand’s vision. It gives you in-depth knowledge of such a specialisation through design thinking, wireframing, user research, etc. Applying for a UI/UX design course is the first step towards a promising career. 

However, it is wise to prepare for the course beforehand. Doing so will get you started. So, refer to the list of tips provided:

  1. Establish the right mindset

The realm of UI/UX design is slightly complex. It involves the use of various software, technological concepts, and tools. Considering this, you may face challenges along your learning journey ahead. But you need not worry, as it is common to feel overwhelmed. To avoid self-doubt, establish a positive mindset before starting the UI/UX course

Keep your goals and view difficulties as learning experiences. Remember to reach out to your mentors if you feel lost. 

  1. Learn about the subjects

Most institutes do not necessitate you to hold prior knowledge or experience to start the course. However, having some information about the topics helps considerably. For example, you can read about the difference between interaction and responsive design, as these are usually covered during the course. 

  1. Work on time management skills

Like other design courses, a UI/UX programme offers two durations: a part-time diploma and a full-time post-graduate diploma. You can choose one based on your educational requirements. However, you should dedicate the necessary time to the course after making a pick. Ideally, a part-time diploma is conducted in the evenings or on the weekends. On the other hand, full-time courses go on throughout the week (Monday-Friday). 

Hence, you should ensure that your time management skills are on point. You want to create a schedule that gives you enough time to study.

  1. Maintain separate notes

Learning about applications like Figma, Adobe XD, Sketch, etc., can seem challenging as there is a lot to learn. To save yourself from confusion, maintain a separate book or file for your notes during your design course. Exercise the habit of mentioning important pointers for future reference or revision.

  1. Have your computer ready

UI/UX design entails using different software. Hence, you should ensure that your computer has the necessary software installed or can support the same when need be. Also, check if your PC has a minimum of 16GB ram and is backed by a stable internet connection. The last thing you want is technical difficulties to hinder your learning experience.

  1. Do not feel shy to reach out for help

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you could feel stuck. In such cases, know that mentors and teachers are always available for guidance. Do not shy away from seeking their help. Remember, learning new skills requires immense foundational knowledge. 

Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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