Published on November 28, 2022
Before a Padawan can become a Jedi Knight, they must pass the Jedi Trials. So too must I now pass a trial. I can't proceed to the next Launch School class until I pass my assessment. (Will there be Jedi Knights and Masters there?)
This is the case after each course at Launch School. The idea is to ensure that you've mastered content from one class before starting the next class. I don't know if every post-course assessment is the same but I do know what the JS101 assessment entails.
The first part is a timed, written assessment. Assuming that I pass that trial, I undergo a live interview with some coding problems. It's akin to a developer job interview, but based solely on the JS101 course materials and concepts.
Luckily, both the coursework and the assessment scheduling is all up to me. There's no timetable to learn at Launch School. So I won't schedule "the Trials" until I feel I'm ready. My preparation plan is a three-fold approach.
First, I'll be re-reviewing all of the course material and my notes from the beginning.
Lastly, I'll complete coding exercises.
I'll probably supplement these exercises with some from external sources. I need to make sure they're relevant to what I learned in JS101 though. Although I understand recursion, having learned the practice in a Java class a few years back, that's not a JS101 concept. So I don't want to add any extra bits that weren't covered in JS101.
Maybe I'll record myself doing some coding exercises to simulate a live-coding environment. The interview part of the assessment will surely entail live coding and I know that's a bit different than coding alone. I might even publish some of these, in case they help others.
All told, I think this approach is a solid one. At least for me. Everyone learns in different ways, of course. And at different speeds.
In hindsight, I really should have spent more hours per week into this course. Had I committed to 15 or 20 hours a week, I probably would have halved the time it took me to get through everything.
I don't want to repeat my lack of a time commitment while preparing for this trial. Nor do I want to rush. The goal is one of preparation combined with consistent effort. So it will take as long as it takes. Let's begin!
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