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✏️ Journal #10 Discussion

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 at the beginning of the next class session.

Journal Response Discussion

This Section's Prompt

You were asked to write responses to the following in your journal over the weekend, as detailed in the Journal #10 prompt:

In this section, we've reached the halfway point in our coursework. Let's take a momentary break from our exploration of jobs that interest us to explore how we can make the most out of our remaining time here.

  • Looking back on your experience in the previous ten course sections, 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 the rest of your time here. Both in your own learning, and in your pairing experiences. Write down at least three things you can do to maximize your time in both for your own learning and with your partners. Try to format these as goals. 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.")

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. Is there anything you can do to help each other remain accountable? Or did your partner identify a goal you think would be beneficial to you, too?