Time Management Tips to Succeed in LaunchCode's Program

At LaunchCode, we use a flipped classroom model. Instead of just sitting through lectures, you get to dive into the material before coming to class. You go at your own pace. When you're in class, it's not just about listening – you put your knowledge to the test by solving problems and collaborating with others. We want you to be an active part of the class, asking questions and working together. This way, you not only understand things better but also enjoy the learning journey more. The flipped classroom model is like a fresh take on learning, making it more engaging and helping you get the most out of your time at LaunchCode.


1. Keep the "Big Picture" in Mind 
First, understand that you're about to embark on a challenging, but rewarding, journey. Motivate yourself by keeping the end goal in mind: a new career in tech. By aligning your daily homework, weekly class time, and project work into the bigger goal, you can stay focused and motivated.  

2. Create a Realistic Schedule
Everyone's home life looks a little different, but the expectations are the same for each LaunchCode student.  Build a schedule that accommodates your coursework outside of class without overwhelming your daily life. Be realistic about what you need to study 2-3 hours a day, and factor in buffer time for unexpected events.

3. Prioritize Tasks
Not all tasks are created equal. Prioritize your assignments based on deadlines and level of difficulty. Tackling high-priority tasks first ensures that you meet deadlines and have ample time for revisions and improvements.

4. Break Down Assignments
Large projects can be intimidating, leading to procrastination. Break down your assignments into smaller, more manageable tasks. Tackling one function or section at a time will make the overall project seem less daunting and help you make steady progress.

5. Take Breaks 
This program demands immense effort. Remember to take breaks to prevent burnout. Sometimes, stepping away from a tough problem can help you clear your mind. Learning something new can bring emotional ups and downs. It's important to be gentle with yourself. 

6. Minimize Distractions
If you can, create a dedicated study environment free from distractions. Turn off notifications on your phone and computer, and let your family or housemates know when you need focused study time. This will help you make the most of your designated learning periods. If you can't create a quiet spot at home, many local libraries have "quiet rooms", or talk to your CEM about coming into LaunchCode HQ to study outside of class time. 

7. Take Advantage of Resources
Don't hesitate to reach out to your instructor, TA, or classmates when you encounter challenges. Your classmates understand what you're going through, and discussion groups and study sessions can be a game-changer. Use these resources to clarify doubts and gain a deeper understanding of the material.

8. Celebrate Every Achievement! 
Set up a reward system for completing tasks or meeting milestones. Treat yourself to a small break, a favorite snack, or an episode of your favorite TV show. This positive reinforcement can boost motivation and make the learning process more enjoyable.

9. Communicate and Be Open 
If you do fall behind, reach out to your TA and CEM. They are there to help! When you have doubts or disagree, don't be afraid to speak up and voice your concerns. Engaging in conversations may help you to understand the logic and reasoning! 

10. Stay Consistent
Consistency is the cornerstone of effective time management. Stick to your schedule, even when faced with challenges. Building a routine will help make learning coding a habit rather than a sporadic effort. 

Successfully managing your time requires a combination of planning, discipline, and adaptability. By setting clear goals, creating a realistic schedule, and implementing effective strategies to tackle assignments, you can stay on top of deadlines and avoid the pitfalls of procrastination. Remember, the journey through LaunchCode is marathon, not a sprint – pace yourself, stay focused, and celebrate your progress along the way. Happy coding!