What are we supposed to talk about?
Meeting your mentor is an awesome opportunity to learn about the tech industry and how course concepts tie into real life. Mentors are a great resource for advice and guidance. These guidelines will help facilitate discussion around:
- Getting to know each other
- Your mentor's journey into and experience with the tech
- Course concepts and how they tie into the industry
- Final projects (brainstorming, building, debugging)
- Pair programming (small prompts for weeks 1-4, final project for weeks 5-8)
How does pair programming work?
Pair programming aims to help:
- Assess student progress
- Help students solidify their understanding of the curriculum
- Gain pair programming and soft skills used in the real industry
How will it work?
- Either the student or mentor will “drive” the pair programming session (switch off every week)
- Whoever is driving will give verbal instructions, while the other person works on the project
- If you notice the student is struggling, step in and offer to “drive” or provide guiding assistance to keep the project moving
How should we start each meeting (week 2 onwards)?
- What content did the student learn this week?
- Mentors: Have your student explain concepts to you or help them with any questions they may have
- What is the student's progress on the current curriculum and homework/final project? Are they on track?