Reformat & Iterate
Today when we broke into pods I determined my goal for the next week (which would matter because I was 97% sure I'd just flamed out on our first bi-weekly assessment) would be to write a code snippet of my own for each new lesson using the concept we'd learned in that lesson—similar to what I did here. I was surprised when after telling the teacher my plan later that day he advised me against it, instead recommending I go back and review old exercises and look at previous bits of code that I knew worked. My brain resisted this (probably well-tested) advice at first. I wanted to make new stuff, not review things!
But then, after I brief-ish stop at the pub, I stopped by at C4Q HQ to work with a peer and she suggested we start at the beginning and go from there, re-doing all the exercises from the previous two weeks. For some reason the second time it stuck. We started at the very beginning, variables and logic. It was actually nice to breeze through the simple logic questions, as I'd been exposed to these in high school. Then we moved on to conditionals and switch cases and the lessons seemed to build on themselves in real time. I was able to formulate questions on things I didn't understand. A cohort from the Web Dev team recommended we look up videos to watch, and my iOS peer found a great YouTube channel on Swift and we watched a very helpful video on switch case statements. I felt more confident and was able to formulate even more questions. Some I looked up myself, others I asked the helpful TA who was there late. All and all, it was incredibly helpful review which I plan to continue. Do I wish I'd done it before the assessment? Hell, yes. But you take it as it comes.
Slowly (for some values of slowly, I guess it's actually pretty quick, really), I'm reformatting my study habits and figuring out how to prioritize C4Q in my life (#C4Qownsmylife, thanks Marty). So I probably flunked the assessment. That's OK (she said through gritted teeth). It was the first one of many. I'm figuring out how to bounce back and do better.
Also, at the pub, I voiced aloud for the first time the name of a company I'd like to work or intern for, which makes the desire seem more concrete. So I have something solid to work towards for the next ten months. Let's go!