At CodeYourFuture, we have a very limited amount of time with our students - only one day per week - and so the amount of time that our students spend with teachers is limited. In particular, our teachers time is split between 15-30 students depending on the size of the class meaning it is hard to tailor our lessons to any trainee.
By running weekly Study groups we give the trainee a safe space to explore ideas and work through their coursework in a guided manner. Some of our students can get overwhelmed when working on their homework and so having an experienced, professional developer to help them is a huge benefit.
- To provide support to our trainees during the week outside of classes
- To keep trainees encouraged throughout the week and stop them becoming discouraged
- To provide closer one-on-one mentoring or tutorials or our trainees
- Get to know real developers - many of our trainees have never met one before joining the course!
- Explain the goals of the Homework Club
- We are here to mentor, teach and advise. Not to give answers
- Re-enforce why this is so valuable for the students as they have so little time with professionals
- As the students arrive ask them what they have been working on this week and see if any volunteers feel comfortable with helping them with that topic
- This is to set expectations with the trainee as to the level of help they’ll get
- If we have more students than mentors try to group them together by the task they’re working on
- The students and mentors will take a table together and start to work
- If working online - they can use a Breakout Room
- In this time students and mentors work together
As you reach the end of the session you should
- Bring all the attendees back into the main room and thank the mentors for coming
- Let everyone know that they have fifteen minutes to wrap up
- Mentors should be encouraged to give further reading material
- Remind the mentors to fill in the Tracker