6 Things On How To Prepare For Coding Boot Camp
Today's digital world needs more programmers
“Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities.” – Richard Branson
1. Define Your Goals
Why do you want to learn to code? Is it for a new career, career transition, expanding your current coding skills, or just personal interest? Write down your goal. Chunk it out into small sub-goals for the 6 months of boot camp. Bring your goal to class with you each day. It will help you to move forward when it gets tough and help you stay focused until you reach it!
2. Prepare your time and money for the next 6 months.
DevX courses are for absolute beginners. The courses are intense, SDET is 6 days a week for 6 months or UX/UI is 5 days a week for 4 months. There is no stopping, resting, or delaying. Set your mindset for “learning by doing”. Learning programming is learning by coding every day. Practice, practice, practice! Programming requires your full attention not only during class hours (3 hours daily) but outside practice as well (additional 3-6 hours daily). We advise you to attend boot camp full time, thus ask you to prepare yourself financially- be ready to dedicate all your time to school and learning.
3. Notify your family and friends.
Learning to code is not easy, but it is possible! Practice makes it perfect, thus coding will require your full attention. Notify your friends and family that you will be studying full time at the very intense course and will be “off the radar” for a while. No partying, no missing classes, no going out and no social media- you’ll want to limit all distractions. Notify them, so they understand and support you in your new journey!
4. Prepare your desk and environment and get comfortable with it!
Studying online and from home can be difficult with all distractions and family around. Set yourself a dedicated workspace for your studies, where you will have a laptop, an additional screen (a monitor), headphones, and a notebook + sticky notes. Have your desk and desktop ready. Get comfortable with your laptop. Practice typing: typing.com and learn keyboard shortcuts on your computer (for mac users, for Windows users).
5. Build a routine.
You are about to enter the world of programming: learn a completely new language and a new way of thinking. Your brain will be working hard during boot camp. Thus you’ll need to have a good sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated, and exercise. Set your schedule for the day: include mini-breaks, healthy snacks, exercises, and short walks daily! Building a routine will help you stay organized and focused!
6. Stay positive.
Some of you will learn faster, some slower! It is important to run at your race. Do not compare yourself to others, leave your ego behind the “boot camp doors”. Be open to learning, ask questions, learn to fail, but get up and continue! Programming is about persistence. Just keep moving forward and stay positive about your journey! DevX course is intense and requires complete attention. However, if you adopt a growth mindset, work hard, and take time to rejuvenate, your DevX boot camp experience is sure to be fantastic!