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Tips for success in Deep Dive’s FullStack Flex Bootcamp

Blog >>Tips for success in Deep Dive’s FullStack Flex Bootcamp

Treat your education similar to a first or second job:

Each time you are doing a checkpoint, keep in mind that your study is your job. Mindfully choose to show up, engage with the content that’s in front of you, plan and study for assessments, discourses, and tasks. Set and maintain the state of mind of focus and dedication. Envisioning yourself succeeding at the end of your journey and what it would be like to be called a web developer. If necessary, keep a diary of all the new things you are learning.

Consider your online assignments your work tasks. If you set daily goals and reminders for your work-related duties, then try to do the same for your bootcamp tasks. Also, remember that small accomplishments add up to big achievements and they all motivate you to keep going when the times are hard. So treat this journey as a marathon as opposed to a sprint. Practice every day, even if you aren’t able to prepare for 3-4 hours a day as we have recommended. The key is repetition so your new habit sticks.

Create a Study Plan:

Create a study plan! At the beginning of each week, take some time to plan your weekly schedule and allocate specific times to each assignment.
Make adjustments if necessary to stay on track.
Set a study plan that is realistic and achievable. Build into the plan some cushion for the unexpected (e.g., needing to take some time off if you get sick). The most important thing is to stick to the plan you have created!

Manage Time Carefully:

Get an estimation of how much time is needed to complete each checkpoint. Keep in mind that just because someone else finishes a checkpoint in three hours doesn’t mean you will finish it in the same amount of time. Once the schedule is set, if possible, ask your family and friends to not disturb you. We work better in a focused environment.
“What gets measured gets managed”. So the key to Time Management is to constantly check to see if the time you allocated to each task is feasible and realistic. Make changes if necessary.

Have Dedicated Study Blocks:

It is best to study in blocks of time. One popular method for dedicated study blocks is the Pomodoro Technique. For example, you study for 25 minutes without any distraction and then take a 5 minute break. Or, study for 50 minutes and take a 10 minute break. Work out a plan that is the right one for you!
When it is time to take a break, actually TAKE THAT BREAK! If you enjoy surfing the internet, checking your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account, then partake in those activities. Your mind will later thank you for it. Breaks replenish your energy levels and you will be more focused when you resume your studies.

Find a Silent Space:

Find your own “Peaceful Space”. Find a space in your home/school/workplace that can be designated as an area that is completely free of any distractions. Let your family and friends know about your “Quiet Zone” and tell them to please respect your space while you are in that area. Let them know that being able to focus is important for your future academic and professional success.

Eliminate Distractions:

Remove all electronics (other than your computer of course) or at least put them on silent. A distraction-free environment puts you more at ease and helps with concentration.
There will be a number of assignments that require your creative thinking skills. We are generally more creative when we can concentrate. So this is another reason to eliminate any and all distractions.

Consider using ‘FocusMate

Focusmate changes the way you work by connecting you to other professionals who have committed to being accountable for finishing their most important work. You choose a time to work, and Focusmate pairs you with an accountability partner for a live, virtual coworking session that will keep you on task. Research in psychology and behavioral science shows that regular human connection reduces the likelihood that a worker will procrastinate or become distracted.In our most recent internal survey, 95.5% of users reported a significant increase in productivity, and reduced procrastination.

Limit Social Media

Since this is a computer-based learning program, it may be tempting to have all your social media platforms open at the same time as you are completing each checkpoint. However, eliminating social media is highly recommended so you can focus more on your studies or assignments. Don’t worry, your friends’ responses to your most recent vacation photo will still be there when you check them during your breaks. Your study is more important right now.

Using Online Resources

It is almost a certainty that you will get stuck at some point in your coding journey. That is completely okay as that happens to even the most competent developers in the world from time to time. It’s important to know how and where to turn to for help. In addition to your mentor, there is online technical support, as well as popular reference sites such as MDNW3Schools, and StackOverflow.

Breakdown Tasks

Maintain a detailed electronic or physical calendar of what’s already accomplished and the tasks that need to be accomplished in the future.
Whenever feasible, set a goal for each of your study sessions. This tactic gives you a goal to aim for and it is a satisfying feeling when you’ve hit your goal.

Take Notes

Write, highlight, and markdown important points in each checkpoint. Follow the traditional best practices for how to do well in regular classrooms and apply those practices to your studies. Research has shown that taking notes helps with information retention.

Make sure to have a dedicated folder on your Desktop or a specific folder in Google Drive/Dropbox to store all of your notes. When you are organized in this way, finding the vital information for quizzes and assignments will be a breeze. Simply hit “Ctrl” and “F” (on Windows) or “Cmd” and “F” (on Macs) to search for a specific topic.

Be Mentally Engaged

As the curriculum progresses, topics will become increasingly difficult. Some concepts are naturally more advanced than others. If a certain topic does not make sense the first time that you come across it, then spend some extra time learning that topic. That may entail you watching that topic’s video for the second time or do the problem again from the beginning. Curriculum is structured in a way that the materials are built on top of one another. So if something doesn’t make sense half way through the instructional video, then stop the video right there and rewind the video. Rewatch the portion that gave you trouble. Soon enough, with enough practice, difficult concepts will become easier.

In addition to staying off social media while studying, if possible, it is also a good idea to eliminate other means of distraction including television, radio, cell phone, etc. It is once again worth repeating that focused work is the best work.

Try to Beat Deadlines

From our experience, successful students set deadlines for various assignments and they determine a specific date for when to submit the assignments. They then plan their weekly schedules so they can work on the assignment each day of the week. We highly encourage you to try and work on big assignments a bit each day. If an assignment is due on Monday, do not wait until Sunday night to do all of it. Personal situations may suddenly pop up and you are no longer able to work on that assignment. This creates unnecessary stress and anxiety.

As a general rule, we suggest that you plan to finish your bigger assignments two days before the actual deadline. In the event an emergency arises, you still have a 48-hours buffer to submit the completed assignment on time.

Browse Intelligently

To keep your research and notes organized, you can create online flashcards through a site such as Quizlet. This is a quick way to reinforce any learned topics when you have some downtime in the future.

Within the general folder, you have dedicated to the course, you can create subfolders that are grouped by topic. Each flashcard can also contain links that link back to the original source. This method gives you quick access to the source content if you are looking for a full explanation. Most, if not all, online flashcard websites are responsive. This means you can do the flashcard drills while using a tablet or mobile device.

Reward Yourself

Web Development is hard work! Make sure that you also build into your study plan of how you want to be rewarded after completing a particular week’s assignments and/or a big assignment. Make the reward something meaningful so that it is something you look forward to once you are finished with the objectives. Treating yourself is important for maintaining long-term momentum in this journey.