When is the best time to ask for help?
The best time to ask for help is immediately. It's true in all circumstances, no matter what course or project you're working on. It's true no matter how much or how little background you have in a topic. Get an early start, and address issues head-on. From years of experience, I know that seeking EARLY assistance is the single best action any student can take. Being proactive is the first step to mastery!