Top 5 Emails from Students6:13 with Craig Dennis
In this episode we’ll be talking about the top 5 emails our teachers receive from students like you.
Top 5 questions asked of our Teachers via e-mail
5. What should I learn next?
You should totally check out our Tracks page. We've taken the time to build playlists that you will guide you down a well thought out path.
4. I'm currently learning X from Y should I learn Y?
We try to cover common questions like this on our blog, here's a few that should help!
3. What is the right way to watch the content? Should I follow along?
Since this is an opinion this is a great question for the Community forum.
2. What's up with your beard?
Not only does this come through email, sometimes it shows up on the forum, check this forum post about Jim's beard in React Basics.
1. I'm making a ton of errors... am I not cut out for coding?
What a horrible feeling. Watch this re-enactment of Imposter Syndrome
Recommended additional learning
- Java SE tutorial (wonderful and a great place to start)
- Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftmanship
- Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 with JUnit
- Any talk from Venkat Subramaniam
- Google Style Guide for Java
- Python Crash Course
- Hello Web App
- Two Scoops of Django
- Trey Hunner's Weekly Python Chat
- Weekly LiveCoding streams
- Big Nerd Ranch Guide
- Natasha the Robot (A solid, easily digestible blog full of overviews of various Swift and iOS features.)
- Ray Wenderlich (Perhaps the premier tutorial site for all things Swift, iOS, MacOS, and game development.)
- Andrew Bancroft (A great resource site for Swift and other programming languages)
- KrakenDev (Like Natasha, KrakenDev features a lot of readable and enjoyable material on a wide set of topics regarding iOS features.)
- NSHipster (Their headline describes it best: "...a journal of the overlooked bits in Objective-C, Swift, and Cocoa. Updated weekly.)
[MUSIC] 0:00 In this episode we'll be talking about the top five emails art teachers receive from 0:04 students like you. 0:08 [MUSIC] 0:09 When you complete the course here, most of the time, 0:13 you'll get an email directly from your teacher. 0:15 I remember before I worked here. 0:18 The very first time I got in email from Ben Jack. 0:19 I immediately after I finish one of his android code. 0:22 Now I was like, Ben's emailing me. 0:24 And then, pretty clicky I was like wait a second, 0:27 you just showed me how to make dynamic text. 0:30 I know your tricks. 0:33 You just wrote some code to send me a form letter. 0:34 So, I waited until I completed the next stage and 0:37 sure enough, there was another email from Ben. 0:39 It was actually a pretty great email. 0:42 It made me feel pretty proud of that I'd accomplished, but 0:43 at the same time, I was onto the trick. 0:46 So, being the smart alack that I am, I replied to the email with a snarky, 0:49 thanks a lot, robot. 0:52 And Ben replied. 0:53 It blew my mind. 0:54 And that was when I fully realized how amazing treehouse actually is. 0:56 I was like I can talk to the teacher. 1:00 This is incredible. 1:02 Even when I think about it now, it really is. 1:04 What an amazing perk of being a treehouse student, direct access to your teachers. 1:06 I'm a teacher here so I get to write those congratulations, 1:12 you did it, stage completion emails. 1:14 We teachers put a lot of effort into them and we mean it. 1:16 I love hearing directly from students. 1:20 Look, online education is a bit weird, right? 1:22 It can feel a bit disconnected. 1:25 You're at home, we're here in the studio somewhere and we present our teachings. 1:26 But, we don't really get to feel how you are feeling like in that moment. 1:30 Now, this completion emails are a great way to keep us connected. 1:33 And you totally deserved those compliments. 1:37 You're doing great work and you should be patted on the back or 1:39 given a high five on your progress, just digitally. 1:41 And on other side of things, we, teachers, should know how it's going so 1:45 that we can improve things when we need to. 1:48 I think, too often, students assume the robot theory, just like I did. 1:50 And they think that we won't read their e-mails or won't reply. 1:53 But in reality, as teachers, being able to interact with you all is 1:56 one of our favorite parts of the work that we do. 1:59 We care about you. 2:01 Don't forget, you're literally why we do what we do. 2:03 I send a post out to our treehouse teacher saying, I was going to talk on this show 2:08 about emails and ask what their experience was with receiving emails. 2:11 It turns out we had some overlap in the questions. 2:15 So, I figured I'd do a little top five round up. 2:17 So here they are. 2:20 Number 5, what should I learn next? 2:21 Now, the answer to this question is going to vary. 2:22 But to me, this question leans to the fact that maybe the student who wrote 2:24 the email, or maybe you, too don't realise we 2:28 offer a playlist of sort of workshop and courses, we call them tracks. 2:30 We spend a lot of time thinking about what you should learn next and 2:35 place them in order into tracks. 2:37 You should check them out. 2:40 I have put a link in teachers note of this video. 2:40 Number 4, I'm currently learning X, should I also learn Y too? 2:43 Now most of the time, if you're asking this question it's great news. 2:46 Something has peaked your interest, maybe you're saying technology requirements and 2:50 job post things or maybe you heard about from fellow developers. 2:54 However it happened, 2:57 it means you're looking to learn more if we're all about learning here. 2:58 So, when you will the time is right, the question is, how do you know when? 3:02 Now, if you stick with this field, 3:06 you're going to end up programming in lots of languages. 3:07 Now the good news is, a lot of concepts transfer. 3:10 Most of the time, learning a language actually helps 3:13 firm up your understanding of your original programming language. 3:16 This specific question gets asked enough that we actually turned it into a couple 3:19 of blog post in our blog. 3:23 I dropped links of them in the teacher's notes. 3:24 Make sure to give them a read if you're wondering the same thing. 3:26 Number three, what is the right way to what's the content? 3:28 Should I follow along? 3:31 Now, this is kind of a personal question. 3:32 It's like how should eat the spaghetti? 3:35 Some people put on the spoon they do this elegant twisty thing another just kind of 3:37 slurp it down. 3:41 Both styles get you finished it's just a matter of how you want to consume it. 3:42 I know, that some people like to watch the whole course one through and 3:46 then swing back of all along in a work space. 3:49 Our online code editor. 3:51 I know folks who pause the video and experiment. 3:52 I've seen people take meticulous notes in their code. 3:55 I guess the advice here is that. 3:57 Experiment with what works for you. 3:59 I think this is a great question to propose in the community forum. 4:01 You'll get tons of insights and 4:04 answers from your fellow Do what feels right for you. 4:05 Just remember to tuck that napkin in if you do that slurping option. 4:08 You don't want to ruin your shirt. 4:11 Number two, what's up with your beard? 4:13 There are a lot of beards that grace this set. 4:15 And they seem to be the source of infinite wonder. 4:17 You'd be surprised how many people ask about them. 4:20 Mainly, the beardliest of them all, gets this like once a week. 4:23 Throwing the average number of questions way off. 4:26 If you haven't guessed by now, this is about our Python teacher, Kenneth Love. 4:29 Here, check this out. 4:32 [MUSIC] 4:32 [SOUND] >> And number 1. 4:43 I'm making a ton of errors. 4:45 Am I not cut out for coding? 4:47 This such a horrible feeling, and it happens to just about 4:49 everyone I can think of as they're picking up a new technology. 4:53 I mean, this is so common it even has a syndrome named after it. 4:56 It's called Imposter Syndrome, and it's the overwhelming feeling that 4:59 everyone else can do something that you can't. 5:03 Now, the secret to dealing with this is pretty straightforward and 5:06 I know you can do this. 5:09 When you feel it and I'm pretty sure you're going to sometime in your career, 5:10 I want you to stop and think to yourself, everyone has been here. 5:13 Think about it, we all start somewhere, don't forget that. 5:18 You are not alone in your struggle. 5:21 Those who appear to know it all and are not making mistakes, 5:23 have in reality just made a ton of mistakes that they don't anymore. 5:26 Because of the experience of making those mistakes. 5:30 I've link a several blog post and 5:33 as a special little bonus gift, we even created a little imposter syndrome 5:35 reenactment to help you deal with this, should it come up. 5:38 Check the teachers note, it's pretty fun. 5:41 And there you have it. 5:43 One bonus question now was the runner up and very specific to each topic area is. 5:44 Do you have recommended reading? 5:49 Now we all do, check the teachers notes for more, I have compiled the list. 5:50 So one more time, I want you to think of those course emails as a little 5:54 nudge from us teachers pleading with you to communicate with us. 5:59 Please write us, give us feedback. 6:02 And heck just say hi, we always appreciate the contact. 6:04 Thanks for watching the Treehouse Show. 6:07 To get in touch with the show reach out to me on Twitter. 6:08 Or hit us up in the Treehouse community. 6:11 See you next time. 6:12
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