You’re in. You’ve committed to a coding bootcamp, and now you’re a few weeks away from getting started. So, what’s the best use of your time? Investing in preparation now can lead to a more fruitful experience in the months to come.
We asked Coding Dojo alumni for their advice on how students can get a leg up before a coding bootcamp begins.
Clear your plate
That woodworking project you’ve been working on? Get to whittling and finish it off. That indoor soccer team you play on? Set aside your Cristiano Ronaldo or Alex Morgan aspirations. It’s time to focus on becoming the next Steve Wozniak or Marissa Mayer.
Our alumni agree: getting the most out of the program means clearing your plate so you can focus on your personal growth and spend the next three months hyper-focused on your programming career.
The more time you make available to fully commit to a coding bootcamp, the more results you’ll see.
Expose yourself to code
It’s a no-brainer: the more you expose yourself to code, the more comfortable you’ll be in the early stages of the program.
There’s no shortage of options for learning the basics of programming. Coding Dojo’s Intro to Code workshop sets you on the right track and helps you understand the big picture of web development. You’ll also gain HTML and CSS knowledge so you can build a basic website.
Of the numerous video learning courses available, our students picked out three that were especially helpful for them:
- Udemy is a marketplace for online learning and offers on-demand courses in a number of programming disciplines.
- CS50 on YouTube is Harvard University's introduction to computer science and the art of programming.
An Olympic athlete invests time in training before the games. You should do the same before day one of the program.
Focus on algorithms
Do you know what an algorithm is? Do you know how algorithms work? You’ll need to develop a mastery of algorithms during your journey in becoming a programmer.
Algorithms are the basic building blocks of all computer programming, and the emphasis on them throughout the Dojo program is one of the ways our bootcamp sets itself apart.
The bootcamp program will grow more difficult as it wears on, and the more you can wrap your head around algorithms from the start, the better off you’ll be in the long run.
Try Dojo's Algorithm Platform to master the fundamentals before your bootcamp program begins.
Attitude really is everything
It’s not just a poster at a dentist office.
Remember why you started down this track in the first place. You’ll encounter roadblocks along the way that may frustrate you. You may spend hours upon hours debugging code; but for many of our students, the outcome is a reflection of the process.
Enjoy the process of learning and creating. Those hours of squashing a bug in your code is what makes you a better developer and programmer in the long run.