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General Discussion

zhongming li
zhongming li
5,714 Points

suggestion for treehouse

i am new to this treehouse, so far i have enjoy the course and lesson and some lesson exercises, but i also found that i spend quite a bit time to find out some of my lesson exercise correct answer, and i just wondering why treehouse not just give it out the correct answer at the end of the exercises to let the learner checking their exercise's work by themselves and rather then let the learner asking the question and find out the correct answer in the forum ?that really a bit annoying and wasting time. i hope my treehouse staff can take this as a suggestion to improve this.

4 Answers

Josef Coban
Josef Coban
7,260 Points

So far as I've gotten all the answers are pretty blatantly answered in the videos prior to the quizzes/exercises. You shouldn't need to find the answers in the forum if you just pay attention to the video, all the exercises are taken straight from the videos.

zhongming li
zhongming li
5,714 Points

agreed with u josef, but some of the exercises are a bit complex with some older section which we often forget or couldnt remind in time, hence there are still many people question up in the forum for the answer.

I generally agree with Zhongming Li,

For example, when a user gets an answer wrong, there could be a button that clicks to the right place in the video. And the button could be right there, without the need to leave the page, have the computer reload, and start the video from the beginning, drag the video forward...

Every question I've come across is covered in the video prior to the quiz; it may take a while for all the information to sink in but re-watching the video might be the case. I think if they gave out the answers after the quiz, passing every quiz would be easy and i don't think it promotes learning - all you have to do is remember the answer to that question and not work it out; if you can't work out the answer and have found yourself guessing a different answer two or three times, this is probably something you need to revisit to try and get a better understanding.

I think their structure and method is done a great way, the only problem I have is with the wording on some questions that has, in the past, made me click the wrong answer because the preset answers have been quite vague.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

The problem most people have when they come to the forum is how they view Treehouse. They think of it like a video game trying to beat a level. Instead of thinking it like a math problem. You work on sets of math problems until you can consistently get them right.

If you don't yet know why the answer is right without asking on the forum, then you haven't yet learned the material well enough to move on to the next video.

+James Barnett . But.,,,. a reason that people are coming here rather than searching youtube playlists is that the lessons are curated, and we hopeful are saving study time. Even if you are a treehouse fan, there are opportunities..

Sometimes the student has learned 90% of the material in a lesson, but has forgotten a semicolon something similarly trivial, and then spends a frustrated 20 or more minutes to find that one error. In a live mentor situation, the frustration would likely be avoided.

ZhongMing Li raised a valid point, even if we don't 100% support his proposed solution.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

ZhongMing Li raised a valid point, even if we don't 100% support his proposed solution.

My proposed solution is to ask questions as you would of a mentor. Ask clarifying questions about the instructions, or ask to be pointed in the right direction if there's a hole in your knowledge.

If those fail then I'd suggest you email help@teamtreehouse.com with your proposed answer.

zhongming li
zhongming li
5,714 Points

i think my suggestion just give it out to the learner for extra option, which they want to go through for the understanding or just beat the quiz.. i think most people come here to learn and to understand the material, so for me even they give it out the answer , i will only check why my final answer,you know there might be just some capital letter or symbol problem, which is better to just check from the correct answer to save time to correct it, if there are the understanding of the material i will still go through it again for understand it clearly,when i really get stuck or confuse with the answer the next option for me will just go in the forum to ask...

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

i will only check why my final answer,you know there might be just some capital letter or symbol problem, which is better to just check from the correct answer to save time to correct it

In general my view is that a large part of liking coding is enjoying spending the better part of a day hunting for a misplaced semicolon.

I've learned a lot of valuable information from doing something wrong and learning how to fix it. Parsing directions, spotting errors in the instructions as well as typos in your own code are all valuable real-world skills that I use every day, as is puzzling out how something is currently setup when you have no documentation telling you how things are supposed to work.