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Running a successful tech study group (Help)

zaynaib profile image Zaynaib (Ola) Giwa ・1 min read

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone on the platform has any experience cultivating a tech community. I tried to follow a format somewhat similar to Peer 2 Peer University Learning Group. Basically you find a MOOC and invite people to come study with you.

Over the summer I created a Javascript learning group where we just followed the FreeCodeCamp curriculum. I'm glad the people showed up consistently but no one retained knowledge of anything from the curriculum. People were just going through the material and they did not know how to apply it to their own projects. I want to try doing it again this summer. I was hoping anyone could give me advice on how to become a better facilitator/teacher? I guess that's what I'm trying to say.

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Aaron Flowers

This question might be all bases but I really need a tutor right now in JavaScript. I'm doing a pre course for Flatiron bootcamp and my a little stuck. I feel like I'm just going through the motions and I need help on understanding how things work.

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Zaynaib (Ola) Giwa Author

The only advice I can give you is just doing the same problem over and over again. And to also try to teach someone else. Whenever I try to explain a CS concept to someone and it makes me enforce my knowledge. If you don't have anyone to listen then just write a journal. That is what I'm trying to do. It does not have to be perfect. It could be a paragraph or two summarizing what you learned today. Here is an example of my developer journal github.com/zaynaib/100-days-of-cod... . And here is a blog post on how to start one opensource.com/article/19/4/what-d...

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Aaron Flowers

Thank you. I will try that approach.

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José Luis Recio

I think the better way to learn is "Learn by doing". Maybe you can explain some concepts and build something using it.

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Zaynaib (Ola) Giwa Author • Edited

I totally agree. I will try to create mini projects based on the lessons that freecodecamp provides.