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A podcast about coding, education, and mastery. We'll interview current Launch School students, employers in the tech sector, and industry veterans to talk about how to succeed on a journey to mastery and becoming a professional software engineer. Conversations will revolve around learning, programming, expertise, study habits and many other topics related to mastery based learning.

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    • 5.0 • 57 Ratings

A podcast about coding, education, and mastery. We'll interview current Launch School students, employers in the tech sector, and industry veterans to talk about how to succeed on a journey to mastery and becoming a professional software engineer. Conversations will revolve around learning, programming, expertise, study habits and many other topics related to mastery based learning.

    S4E6: Programming Essentials Workshops Q&A and Catchup with UK Capstone Graduate Kelvin

    S4E6: Programming Essentials Workshops Q&A and Catchup with UK Capstone Graduate Kelvin

    In this episode Chris and Karis conduct a Q&A session about Launch School's new Programming Essentials Workshops, what they are why new programmers would want to attend. Karis then catches up with Launch School Alumnus Kelvin, who shares his experiences as a UK Capstone student and what it's like working as a software engineer based in the UK. The episode comes to a close with some Launch School announcements and upcoming events.


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    Introduction
    Workshop Q&A: What are Programming Essentials Workshops?
    Workshop Q&A: Who are the workshops for?
    Workshop Q&A: How do workshops differ from study sessions?
    Workshop Q&A: What do I gain from attending a workshop?
    Workshop Q&A: Would I learn anything new if I'm already going through the Prep Courses?
    Workshop Q&A: Is it mandatory to attend a workshop for Launch School Students?
    Workshop Q&A: Will there be a recording of these workshops available?
    Workshop Q&A: More Information
    Interview with UK Capstone Graduate Kelvin
    Annoucements


    Show Notes



    Latest Programming Essentials Workshops
    How to navigate a recession webinar/medium post
    Launch School's Reddit Community
    Do you want to be a TA? Information Post
    Introduction to Programming with JavaScript Book with 78 new video walkthroughs
    Launch School Women's Group October 9th Meetup


    Fill out our form below if you have any questions about anything Launch School related whether its our prep course, Core Program, Capstone and beyond. Your question could be answered in our next episode!



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    • 56 min
    S4E5: Transforming at Launch School

    S4E5: Transforming at Launch School

    In this episode Chris and Karis discuss a recent inspirational talk given by Core graduate student Jake. Chris answers some additional Launch School-related questions including how ISAs work. Karis interviews Capstone graduate and Launch School Alumna Catherine, who shares what life has been like as a software engineer a year and a half on from her studies at Launch School. The episode ends with a few announcements about the latest events.


    Introduction
    Discussion on Jake's Gather Town Talk: Transformation
    Discussion on Jake's Gather Town Talk: Study Checklists
    Discussion on Jake's Gather Town Talk: Good Grades as the Goal
    Question about Technicality versus Personality in a Tech Role
    Question about Income Share Agreements (ISAs) at Lauch School
    Interview with Catherine
    Annoucements


    Show Notes



    Dealing with Failure at Launch School: how to transform from a C to an A student with Jake deVarennes
    Jake's A+ Checklist
    Capstone Program and Launch School's ISA
    Chat to @Catherine on The Launch School Community Slack
    Do you want to be a TA? Information Post
    Chelsea's Blog Posts: Time Out Part 1
    Chelsea's Blog Posts: Time Out Part 2
    Launch School Women's Group August 28th Meetup


    Fill out our form below if you have any questions about anything Launch School related whether its our prep course, Core Program, Capstone and beyond. Your question could be answered in our next episode!



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    S4E4: Capstone Salaries, Recession & The Younger Students of Launch School

    S4E4: Capstone Salaries, Recession & The Younger Students of Launch School

    In this episode Chris discusses the latest 2021 Capstone salaries, and provides some advice for students that have concerns about the recession. Karis catches up with younger students, Ethan and Tyler, and learns how their Launch School studies are already making an impact on their software engineering journey. Karis ends the episode with a few announcements about the latest events at Launch School.


    Introduction
    2021 Capstone Salaries
    Recession
    Question about student impact on Recession
    Question about increasing cost of Core and Capstone
    Question about Capstone Admissions
    Capstone Introduction and Breakdown
    Interview with Ethan
    Interview with Tyler
    Annoucements


    Show Notes



    2021 Capstone Salaries
    Capstone Information Page
    Jason Wang's Article on Building an App during Launch School
    New Practice Problems for RB109 Interview Post
    New Practice Problems for JS109 Interview Post
    New Practice Problems for JS210 Assessment Post
    Cloud9 Support Group Information Post
    Launch School Women's Group August 7th Meetup
    Do you want to be a TA? Information Post
    Excellent Student 175/185 Backend Projects!


    Jason's Project
    Ethan's Project
    Ricky's Project
    Zach's Project

    Student Rich's Article: What Century is After Midnight?


    If you have any questions about anything Launch School related whether its our prep course, Core Program, Capstone and beyond please fill out our form below and your question could be answered in our next episode!



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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S4E3: The Story of Launch School

    S4E3: The Story of Launch School

    In this episode Launch School Student Felicia interviews Chris as he shares the origin story of how Launch School came to be. He also offers his unique perspective on how Launch School approaches learning, coding education and software engineering. The show includes several new announcements that students should be aware of.


    Show Notes



    LS181 Assessment Update
    Launch School Exercises Update
    Capstone Video Recording Presentations
    SPOTs Gather Town Introduction Video
    Women's Group May 15th meetup post


    If you have any questions about anything Launch School related whether its our prep course, Core Program, Capstone and beyond please fill out our form below and your question could be answered in our next episode!



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    • 2 hr 3 min
    S4E2: Latest News, Interviews and Catch-up with Mandy

    S4E2: Latest News, Interviews and Catch-up with Mandy

    This episode Karis and Chris discuss the all the latest Launch School interviews and presentations. Karis also catches up with the co-host from last season Mandy who now works at Mozilla. Finally they leave you with a number of new announcements that students should be aware of.


    Intro
    Agenda
    Felicia's Interview with Chris
    Felicia's Interview with Carolina
    Women's Group Employer Speaker Series
    Rodney's Tech Talk on GatsbyJS
    New Assessment details: RB189/JS189
    Answer your Questions on Air: Core Graduates
    Karis' Interview with previous co-host Mandy
    Reminders & Outro


    Show Notes



    Felicia's Interview with Chris
    Felicia's Interview with Carolina
    Women's Group Employer Speaker Series
    Rodney's Tech Talk on GatsbyJS
    New Assessment details: RB189/JS189 post
    Core Curriculum Results post
    New Practice Problems for RB109 and JS109 Interviews post
    Introduction to Command Line Book exercise videos
    JS239 Interviews are now deprecated post
    Peer-led Seminar: JavaScript Testing
    Capstone Project Presentations Signup Posts:


    QMantis
    Hypha
    Waypost
    Artemis

    SPOTs Gather Town Information
    Women's Group 24th April meetup post


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    S4E1: Welcome to Season 4!

    S4E1: Welcome to Season 4!

    This season Chris kicks off our first episode by introducing Launch Schools new podcast format and new co-host Karis. Together they discuss the latest events happening at Launch School and some quick reminders students should be aware of. Karis also catches up with previous host Callie in a 1 on 1 interview.


    Introduction - 0:00
    Agenda - 4:33
    Buddy System for Female Students - 5:10
    Felicia's Interview with Karis - 8:58
    Chelsea's Article (Lessons From First Half of Core) - 12:25
    Felicia's Video About How She Prepares For Assessments - 14:55
    Katarina's Article (We are Made of Stories) - 16:25
    Ethan's Article (Variable Scope and Access in Ruby) - 19:08
    Importance of Teaching/Explaining Concepts - 19:54
    New Assessment (RB/JS 185) - 21:01
    Update to JS239 (and Why Courses Get Updated) - 24:57
    Peer-Led Professional Git Seminar - 28:28
    Start of Interview with Callie (Her Experience After Capstone) - 31:57
    Callie's Advice for Current Core/Capstone Students - 40:52
    What Callie Misses About Launch School - 43:27
    Callie's Advice for Hosting Launch School Podcast - 45:40
    Reminders & Outro - 48:48


    Show Notes
    Articles and Interviews:



    Felicia’s video: Interview with Karis
    Chelsea’s Article: “Lessons from the first half of Core”
    Felicia’s video: How she prepares for assessments and interviews
    Katarina’s Article: “We are made of Stories”
    Ethan’s Article: “Variable Scope and Access in Ruby”


    New and updated assessment Information:



    New assessment RB185 and JS185
    Update to JS239 assessment


    Professional Git Seminar Post:



    Professional Git Peer-Led Seminar


    Daylight savings notice:



    Daylight Savings Launch School Post


    Next Womens Meetup notice:



    Women’s Group Meetup April 3rd 2022 Post


    If you have any questions about anything Launch School related whether its our prep course, Core Program, Capstone and beyond please fill out our form below and your question could be answered in our next episode!



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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Aryanb9 ,

Top Notch

Great opportunity to get to know more about the philosophy of Launch School and its community.

ethanweiner ,

Another excellent way to engage in the community

As so many others have pointed out, Launch School’s greatness comes from its community. What’s just as great is the variety of options to interact with the community. The podcast offers a compelling way to do so. When I was a prospective student, it gave me a taste for the sort of people present in the community and the principles the community focuses on, and I knew the school was a place meant for me, albeit virtual. The new style of the podcast in season 4 really helps me stay connected without needing to stay super active on Slack, since each episode outlines major happenings at the school, all while being led by charismatic hosts!

troy chance ,

A refreshing approach to learning

The Launch School Podcast was such a gem to stumble upon when I was looking around at coding programs. The focus is on mastery as opposed to just building up credits and squeezing by a subject with a passing grade, so it attracts a certain kind of student who appreciates taking the time to learn. If you suspect you’re not that kind of student or worry that you aren’t at a certain level, the personal interviews with students of varied backgrounds can help you through those doubts. The first steps in the curriculum (free of charge) are getting you excited about the process of learning and selling you on the advantages of mastery; had I not decided to become a student, that exploration alone would have changed my path no matter what I decided upon.

Like much of the study program itself, the podcast is student-directed. It doesn’t attempt to sell you on the school itself as much as the philosophy behind it and the students who form an incredibly supportive culture. My only regret is that I didn’t find this kind of program decades ago.

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