This guest post was written by Ron, one of our long time users. [Warning: not for the faint of heart]:
The main issues are that they do not have the students work through projects, and they do not supply sufficient mentorship to help students in understanding the material and problems put before them.
I have learned the hard way that both of these are essential in learning how to code. You need to have a goal to continuously work towards, a site to build or build upon, and you need to have someone answer your questions and correct you where you went wrong.
This is where Wizpert came in and helped me.
I have worked with Code Academy, Code School, Thinkful, Udemy, Udacity, Lynda, Treehouse, PluralSight, Aquent, Gymnasium and a few others. Some are better than others in teaching the core essentials and all have many good points in the sense that they genuinely appear to want to help people learn to code.
Though several sites actually do provide a “mentor,” with whom you meet once a week…this simply. Does. Not. Work. At this day and age, that’s literally no better than me using the US Postal Service to mail someone my code problem and having them mail their answer back to me. I doubt I am alone when I say that when I need help figuring out why my stupid floating divs aren’t floating the way they’re supposed to, I want an answer right g#@damn now. Which is, again, where Wizpert has come in.
They provided me with the essential help at the drop of a hat, 24/7. I cannot be a loud enough cheerleader for them. When Stack Overflow fails to answer one of my questions, Wizpert comes through, every single time.
Go create an account with Stack Overflow and try, just try to ask them a couple of questions. You’ll soon see why they fail in helping the beginner. They’ll send you home crying because you’re asking (god forbid) for someone’s “opinion” on how you should use that new HTML5 semantic [article] and [section] tags that has everyone confused. If there were no opinions in coding then there would be no need for online tutorials or places like Stack Overflow and every program could be nice and neatly packed into one pretty little book. …don’t even get me started. Stack Overflow is definitely NOT for beginners.
And when Google has failed in dredging up an answer to your padding/margin question, Wizpert is there for you at 11:30 at night to also help you center that pesky div or fix the navigation, padding, margin, linking and hover issues of your unorganized list!!
Did Stack Overflow or Google ever help you figure out how to indent that third checkbox, just a few pixels more to the right?? I didn’t think so. It didn’t help me either. Which, again, is where Wizpert comes in. If you need help in understanding why your If/Else isn’t working or why your loop is infinite, crashing your system. Bam! There’s a wizpert right friggin’ there to help right friggin’ now.
The peace of mind of being able to get help right when I need it, any time of the day, has kept me rolling in my learning where I am now no longer getting hung up for hours and hours on one stupid little issue that turned out to be nothing more than an improper relative URL.
Thanks guys. Thanks for being there, saving me an infinite amount of hours. You’ve helped me from giving up.