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Nigel Matheson
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Nigel Matheson
Courses Plus Student 1,166 Points

Thinking of doing a tech degree but if so i'll need a lot of help

Hi I i'm thinking about doing the swift tech degree. I have done a couple of tracks in swift and I really enjoyed it. I have struggled at times and that worries me. Will I get more support on the tech degree because I may need a little help at times.

Garrett Votaw
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Garrett Votaw
iOS Development Techdegree Graduate 15,223 Points

Yea I'm currently in the tech degree and it's great! They offer a custom slack channel just for tech degree students. If you ask a question on there then you will almost certainly get the help you need when you need it! As long as you persevere then you can come out of the tech degree and App developer.

4 Answers

Hi Nigel,

I am currently working through the iOS Development track as it is cheaper than the tech degree yet still covers the same material. Although you will gain a lot more experience in Xcode as you have to complete twelve projects.

To save money, personally I will do the tech degree after I have worked through the track material so I can complete the extra projects. Not only will this save money, but it will also give me a chance to go through material again to further solidify my knowledge whilst providing me with the benefits of the Techdegree.

In terms of your question, you will be apart of an exclusive Slack Channel for iOs tech degree students. However all of the help and answers you need is available in the main Treehouse community. But before asking, it is recommended to try and figure it out yourself, and then read the official Apple documentation, or simply look it up on Google as there is a high chance thousands of people are stuck on the same thing as you. Asking for help is absolutely fine, but doing as mentioned above beforehand, will definitely help you in the long run as you will learn more that way.

Every single developer struggles and gets frustrated at times no matter whether they have been learning for a day, or 10 years. So it is best not to worry at all, and just to enjoy the process of learning instead.

All the best,

Mitch

Dave McFarland
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Dave McFarland
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Hi Nigel Matheson,

The Techdegree provides support in a few ways that the regular Treehouse tracks don't. First, the Slack team provides a private chat room for you and other iOS Techdegree students. There you can ask questions about the Techdegree, iOS Development and the Techdegree projects. Students and Treehouse staff all contribute to the conversation. Because the chat is in real-time, and is specific to Techdegree courses and projects, you may find that you'll get faster responses from people who understand exactly where you are in your learning.

The Techdegree projects are also a great way to reinforce what you are learning at the same time you are learning it. This lets you practice and reinforce your studies from the Treehouse courses. In addition, these projects are all individually graded so you get feedback on your programming. This feedback is a great way to see if you are on the right track and learn how you can improve as an iOS developer.

Finally there are some other features that you'll ONLY find in the Techdegree, like a video series to help you craft a professional resume, build a LinkedIn profile, effectively network, and put together a job search strategy. You also have the opportunity to review other students' projects, which gives you familiarity with reading code as well as exposes you to other ways to solve the same programming challenge. One Techdegree student said that reviewing other students' code was one of the most valuable parts of the program.

If you're serious about becoming an iOS Developer, the Techdegree is a great choice. It offers a lot of support, learning reinforcement and challenge. You can trial the Techdegree for a week, if you'd like to see what it looks like and talk to other students in the Slack team: https://teamtreehouse.com/techdegree

Hope that information helps!

Nigel Matheson
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Nigel Matheson
Courses Plus Student 1,166 Points

guys thank you very much reading through all your responses has helped me make the choice to start the degree.

Dave McFarland
Dave McFarland
Treehouse Teacher

Great! I hope you enjoy it. Have fun and thanks for being a Treehouse student.