5 Traits of a Successful Bootcamp Student
Just like any other educational endeavor, learning in a bootcamp will be challenging, but it can help you grow and expand your professional opportunities. Bootcamps will also require a high level of commitment and hard work. With that said, here are some traits that make for successful bootcamp students.
Curiosity can help you go far in any DigitalCrafts bootcamp because this trait is an essential element of learning. Curiosity drives learning because it can help you be more self-motivated. This curiosity will be important as you learn more new concepts, and start practicing those concepts in class. Why? Because having curiosity means you’re engaged in the subject matter
Even if you aren’t naturally curious, it’s a skill that can be developed. How do you develop curiosity? Ask questions. If something’s interesting to you, then dig deeper and follow that interest by learning more. Curiosity also means accepting that there are things you don’t know. Embracing that lack of knowledge can help to make you more successful.
DigitalCrafts bootcamps are challenging. You’re studying a new skill, and will be in a position to accumulate a significant amount of knowledge in just a few short months. Although you’ll have the support of your classmates, instructors, and DigitalCrafts staff, you’ll need the motivation to get through the challenges that come with learning new skills. Achieving success as a bootcamp student means having the willingness to overcome any obstacles that may come your way.
Motivated students often have creative ways to overcome challenges, as well as persistence in pursuit of goals... Motivation is what makes you attend your lectures consistently, complete difficult assignments, and ask questions, even those that seem silly. That motivation is a key trait of successful students.
It takes confidence to explore a new skill, and no matter how smart you may be, there will be times when you fail. Confidence is accepting these failures with grace and each mistake is a lesson learned on the journey to reaching your academic goals. There may be times when you don’t know an answer or do an assignment incorrectly. However, persisting in spite of the fear of failure can help to make you a better student.
Your instructor doesn’t expect you to know everything, in fact, it's quite the opposite. Instructors expect you to struggle with certain concepts and have additional questions. Having the confidence to raise your hand when you need a concept re-explained can make you a more effective learner.
We recognize that whether you’re attending a part-time or full-time bootcamp, life outside of class doesn’t stop. Your job, family, and other obligations will still be there. But understanding your “why” will help you stay the course when these competing priorities make you second guess your path.
Sometimes, you’ll have to sacrifice some fun things in order to study and complete assignments. Regardless of your reason for joining a DigitalCrafts bootcamp, understanding your purpose can help you make the choices that are aligned with your educational goals.
The great thing about joining a DigitalCrafts bootcamp is that you’ll have support from your instructor and DigitalCrafts staff during and after the program. However, it’s up to the student to utilize the resources that are available to them. That means reaching out to your instructor and classmates and leveraging student support resources.
There are also plenty of external resources you can tap into when you need additional help. From websites like YouTube to StackOverflow to W3schools, the internet is full of additional resources to aid in your learning and provide additional context to your studies. Successful learners are willing to utilize the resources available to them to be successful.
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and walks of life but a common trait among them is their commitment to achieving their goals. Through being motivated and purpose-driven, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to succeed in your bootcamp and beyond.
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