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Killian Frappart
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Bootcamp Week 0: Let's start by learning how to learn


What do you think of coding bootcamp ? I have been searching through the internet to figure out if it is a good way for learning how to code.

In my opinion there are as many opinions as there are people willing to share it...

After a long period of doubt I finally decided to give it a try. I applied to every coding courses (some are free of charge but most ask for a relatively high amount of money) available near where I live and picked up the one I felt the best with.

I decided to start this training because I can't go back to school for 4 or 5 years and after a couple month learning how to code on my own, I can say that it is possible to learn everything yourself but it is no easy task and really depends on you and your environment.

Next week, I will be starting my training, I am really excited, and I am going to share my journey with you every week ! πŸ˜‡

Learning how to learn

As a prep course, I was asked to write my "Charter for effective learner" where I have to describe a couple best practices depending on my learning profile.

So, I thought it would be interesting to gather some knowledge about how to learn effectively and share it in this post.

1. What kind of learner are you ?

First thing first, I have to identify what is my learner profile.

Reading through this course's provided documentation, I would say I have "the smart" and "the assimilator" profile.
Note: it doesn't mean I am smart at all ! It is described as someone who enjoy learning and feel naturally better alone.

I have a preference for theory over practice, creativity and team work are the skills I have to work on the most.

There are many websites that let you identify your learner profile by answering questions like this one.


2. Good learning practices

Here is a non-exhaustive list of advices to become a better learner.

βœ… Stay motivated

Motivation is the key to success, write down your goals and never forget why you started.

βœ… Understand

It is not about learning by heart! You must understand how things works before you jump on something else.

βœ… Practice

It is not enough to "know how to do something", you should be using the knowledge you gathered through projects and exercises.

βœ… Rest

Work hard and rest when necessary. Sleep, workout, play, ...
Having some free time to disconnect is mandatory for a long run.

βœ… Health

Drink water, eat healthy food and do sport often.

βœ… Organize your time

Set up an agenda, schedule your daily tasks. Your mind is free of thinking every minute about what you have to do today and can focus on learning.

βœ… Obstacles

While learning you encounter obstacles. Do not be scared, fail often and ask questions.

βœ… Confidence

If you don't trust in yourself, who will ? You can handle this, don't worry! ✌️

βœ… Focus

Multitasking is not optimal for learning. Get rid of distractions, turn off your phone and fully focus on what you are doing.

βœ… Notes

Hand wrote notes are the best but consider writing about what you are currently learning with your own words at least on your computer.


3. Personal Charter for effective learner

πŸ”· Healthy lifestyle

Since I experienced it before, I know how positive it is for me to take care of myself. I will promote homemade dishes over fast food and go to the gym at least three times a week.

πŸ”· Social

It might not be super natural for me to share with my peers but it is definitely something I want to work on! I will ask for help and reviews and offer my help to my classmates.

πŸ”· Blog

I recently started blogging here about my learning journey and I love it. It helps me improve my English and I received so much positivity and good advices from everybody!
I plan on publishing a new blog post every week to explain what I learned, what obstacles I encountered or simply how I feel during this training.

πŸ”· Go further

This is all about being ready for a career change. I can't satisfy with the minimum, I will always be looking to go deeper in the theory. Every single projects I work on must represent my personal involvement.

πŸ”· Focus

I really want to take this opportunity to get rid of distractions such as social media, video games, ...
My working laptop will be freed of all non-productive applications and my phone will be turned off while working.

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If anybody wants to share learning tips or personal experience, please go ahead!

Thank you for reading πŸ˜‡

Discussion (4)

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I can highly recommend the Coursera course 'Learning how to learn' by Prof. Barbara Oakly. In a couple of hours you learn the scientific principles of effective learning. Her book is also great.

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Killian Frappart Author

Her work looks fascinating, I will have a look! Thank you :)

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Matt Edwards • Edited

That’s a great article! Best of luck on the bootcamp πŸ’ͺ

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Killian Frappart Author

Thank you!