What You’ll Need To Do To Make The Most of Your Coding Bootcamp

If you’re considering attending a coding bootcamp in Denver like the ones that start next week, you might be wondering what’s involved. Is it something that you can breeze through? How much work is involved? Will you be working with other people? Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to do to make the most of your coding bootcamp at the DaVinci Institute.

Show Up

More than once we’ve talked about the extra time that’s built into your average college course. Most of them are just over an hour and you might meet a couple of times per week. If you miss a class, no big deal. Maybe you’re hungover, maybe the teacher didn’t show up. Hey, it’s college, you’ve got all the time in the world!

That’s not what you’re getting in a coding bootcamp. With programming school you’ll be meeting three times a week for more than three hours at a time, and you’re going to have to pay attention. At the end of 20 weeks you’ve had 60 classes with your dedicated teachers who know you by name and want you to succeed. You’ve got to be there.

Get Involved

The world is finally getting over the idea of coders being “loners in their parents basement.” The truth is, most coders are normal people with a gift for thinking in machine languages, and they’re just as likely to have friends as anyone else. Except their friends are usually a bit richer than the average person, because they’re a coder too!

No single person built the internet, no one person wrote the software for the iPhone. A big part about the coding bootcamps is working with those around you in order to help each other out and create the best projects available. Sure, you’ll be working alone sometimes, but the fact is that nearly every coding job out there will have you working with other people every single day. It’s a skill you’ll have to learn if you’re going to be a viable candidate when the junior coder positions come up.

Study Your Butt Off

Learning to code in Python, JavaScript, or Ruby on Rails is going to be easier for some people that others. Sometimes it has to do with how many other computer languages you know, other times it’s about how your brain works. Either way, you’re going to have a lot of homework. Students can expect to spend between 20 and 40 hours a week outside of class on homework and practicing the skills taught in the previous class.

The fact is, you’re going to be busy for the next 20 weeks. Really busy. But trust us, it’s going to be worth it when you step out and start interviewing for coding jobs.

“Let’s Go To the Replay”

So we told you that you have to be in each class, but what if that taco truck meal you had earlier isn’t sitting well? What if the flu hits you? (Worse, what if it’s both?!) Well, we’re happy to say that each of our coding classes is recorded so that you can access the teachings from your desk...or bathroom…at home.

That’s not the only reason we record the lessons. They also serve as an important refresher if you weren’t able to fully understand what was taught in class. We move quickly, and while you can always talk to the instructor if you don’t understand something, sometimes information doesn’t always stick until morning. When you’ve forgotten how to do something you’ll be able to access the class so that you don’t fall behind.

Why Is It So Intense?

You might wonder why our classes are so intense. Why push each student so hard, only giving them a short time in which to accomplish tasks? To put it simply: it mimics the real world. The coding world is fast paced and deadline driving, and we make our classes as real-world as possible. In this way you’re learning code as well as time management skills that can help you excel once you’re working for pay.

We want you to succeed, and we also want you to know what you’re getting into when you sign up at our coding school. Check out our upcoming classes right here!


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