I. Introduction and requirements:
After reading a few complaints about TOS' thread creating tutorial not being helpful, because some people didn't know how to read tutorials, I decided to create a tutorial that will teach you how to read a tutorial.
So what is a tutorial? Wikipedia
states: "A tutorial is a method of transferring knowledge and may be used as a part of a learning process. More interactive and specific than a book or a lecture; a tutorial seeks to teach by example and supply the information to complete a certain task"; in other words, a tutorial is a text document, video or audio file aiming to teach you how to do something in particular. This tutorial will focus solely on written tutorials, since other tutorials don't require any reading.
In order to read a tutorial you will need the following:
-A tutorial to read.
II. Finding your tutorial:
The first step in reading a tutorial is finding the tutorial you need, tutorials can be about a lot of things, so you must make sure the tutorial you are reading covers the aspects you want to learn. The best placed to find tutorials in this site are the tutorial forum
and the tutorial section
, if you need to read a tutorial in the tutorial forum, all you need to do s click on the tutorial's names and it will open you you; however, if you need to read a tutorial in the tutorial section it's a bit more complicated, since yo fist have to download it by clicking on its name and then open it with an appropiate program: MS Word for .doc files, Notepad for .txt files and Adobe Reader for .pdf files.
Now you know were to find tutorials and how to open them, there's a little problem: with a large variety of tutorials, so how do you find the one you need? In order to find the tutorial you need, you must look at the tutorial's name, since they usually tell you about the contents of the tutorial, for example: if you are looking about how to insert custom sprites, then you will need to find something under a name like "inserting custom sprites" or "how to insert custom sprites", but be careful, as tutorials can also be named after one of the tools you need to use, so a tutorial about inserting custom sprites can also be named "spritetool tutorial". Browsing through the tutorial section/forum can take quite a long time, so you should use ctrl+f and type a keyword so it will take you less time to find what you need, if we return to our sprite tutorial example, some keywords you could type for that would be "sprite" or "spritetool".
III. Reading your tutorial:
Here comes the hard part. You already know what a tutorial is, you know where to find it, how to open it and how to find what you need; so right now, you should have opened the tutorial you wanted, so all you need to learn is how to read it. A tutorial must be read as you would read any other kind of text, this is: from left to right and from the top to the bottom; if the tutorial is divided in several sections, be sure to read the section's title as well, as it will tell you about what that specific section's contents, just like the tutorial's title informed you about what the tutorial's contents. Sometimes tutorials can have a few extra elements, such as images, in this cases you must also look at the images and find a relation between them and the written content.
Reading the tutorial isn't enough, you must also put it into practice. Most tutorials will give you a list of instructions to follow, in this cases you must do everything just as the tutorial says to get the result the tutorial states; if things don't go as they should, try to read the tutorial again more carefully to see if there' anything you missed or ask the author. Take in mind, however, that some tutorials are also meant to be guides instead of instructions, in these cases, you mustn't take the tutorial literally and take it as if it was the absolute truth, instead take it as an advise, but don't lose your creativity and feel free to ignore what the tutorial says if you find it convenient.
So that's all for now, I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any suggestions, or questions about this, feel free to post.