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There sure is. Founded in 2012, we were actually one of first bootcamps out there. As we evolved, we developed our unique apprenticeship approach to learning.
There are four things that make our teaching philosophy unique:
Mentorship - Whereas some in-person programs have 30 students per instructor, and employ recent alumni as instructors, at Bloc you’ll work one-on-one with a mentor who has on average 9 years of industry experience.
Tailored, Project-based Curriculum - Most people have specific goals, and every student comes in with a different experience level and learning style. We can tailor your Mentor, the projects you tackle, and the pace of course to your experience level and goals. If you’re more advanced, you can breeze through the fundamentals and spend more time on advanced projects. If you’re a complete beginner, get extra help where the learning curve is steepest.
Mastery Learning - In a traditional classroom, the instructor has to keep moving to get the whole class through the curriculum. So those students who don’t get the concept either ask questions and slow down the class, or get left behind. With a one-on-one approach, your mentor can work with you till you master a concept. This is called mastery learning, and it’s proven to be more effective than traditional classroom learning.
Job Prep - We’ll help you create an online portfolio, fix up your resume, and learn how to network with industry professionals. Most importantly, we’ll share example interview questions, conduct three practice interviews, and give you detailed feedback so you ace the technical interview.
In my opinion, Bloc’s “at your own pace” offering is a huge value for its apprentices. They provide mentorship, but in a way that works around the individual’s schedule. Not everyone can afford to surrender 12 weeks of their life to an edu-vacation. Bloc provides a flexible alternative that works in tandem with the student’s personal life.