Exercise Tuesday

As discussed in the Journaling at Epicodus lesson, each weekend you'll receive a journaling assignment in addition to your coding homework. You'll then discuss your responses with a partner the following class session.

Journal Response Discussion

This Week's Prompt

You were asked to write responses to the following in your journal over the weekend:

Time flies! You're already beginning your third five-week course here at Epicodus. Similar to the transition from Intro into your Level 2 course, this transition will come with yet another jump in rigor and complexity. This in mind, let's take a momentary break from our exploration of jobs that interest us, to explore how we can make the most out of JavaScript.

  • Looking back on your experience in the previous two courses, what do you think helped you learn tough new concepts the most? (Taking notes while completing homework? Making sure to talk through everything verbally with your partner? Something else?) Jot down anything that comes to mind.

  • Similarly, think back to your most successful pairing experiences. What common traits did they share? (Did you make sure to check periodically to ensure neither partner felt overwhelmed? Talk through everything before making decisions?) Record anything that comes to mind.

  • Determine how can intentionally apply the beneficial tactics and approaches you identified above to this next course. Both in your own learning, and in your pairing experiences. Write down at least three things you can do to maximize your time in JavaScript both for your own learning, and with your partners. Format these as goals, if possible (For example, "I will take notes on every night's homework, even if they're brief", or "I will make a conscious effort to break down concepts by talking through them, since I know that helps me learn best", etc.)

Discussion Questions

Discuss what you recorded in your journal with your partner.

  • Talk about what each partner thinks helped them learn tough concepts from previous courses. Have you tried each other's approaches? Did they work for you? Why or why not.

  • Similarly, discuss what you each identified as factors in successful pairing experiences. Talk through how you can apply these factors to your experience working together in class today, and beyond.

  • Discuss the goals you laid out for your JavaScript course. Is there anything you can do to help eachother remain accountable? Or did your partner identify a goal you think would be beneficial to you, too?