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Helpful Tips For Learning To Code If You Are Neurodivergent

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Are you considering a career in coding and identify as neurodivergent? Starting a new learning journey can be both exciting and challenging, but with the right support and strategies, it is absolutely achievable. At Northcoders, we value an inclusive and supportive learning environment for our bootcamps, so here are some helpful tips specifically tailored for neurodivergent people and which can help you on your coding journey.

1. Find the Right Learning Environment

Choosing the right learning environment is especially important for neurodivergent people. Northcoders’ 13-week bootcamps offer a supportive and inclusive environment that accommodate different learning styles and needs. Our experienced mentors understand neurodivergent conditions and provide support to help you succeed.

2. Understand Your Learning Style

Everyone has their own unique learning style, and it's useful to identify yours early on to make sure the course’s teaching style fits. Whether you're a visual learner, an auditory learner, or a kinesthetics learner, Northcoders’ bootcamp embraces different learning styles, allowing you to approach coding in the way that works best for you. Understanding your learning style will help you make the most of your learning experience.

3. Break Down Concepts

Coding can be complex, but breaking down concepts into smaller, more manageable parts can make it easier to grasp. Take your time to understand the fundamental concepts before moving on to more advanced topics. Our structured curriculum gradually builds upon your knowledge, ensuring you have a solid foundation.

4. Use Online Resources

In addition to the comprehensive curriculum on a Northcoders bootcamp, there is a wealth of online resources available to help you learn. Websites like Codecademy, freeCodeCamp, and Khan Academy offer free tutorials and coding challenges that can boost your learning experience before you start a bootcamp. Take advantage of these resources to reinforce your understanding of coding concepts.

5. Establish a Routine

Consistency is key when learning to code. Establish a routine that works for you and stick to it. The 13-week Northcoders bootcamps provide a structured learning schedule, which can help you establish a routine during your coding experience. All of our bootcamps run Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5pm.

6. Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Learning a new skill can be challenging, so it's important to remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. With Northcoders, you’ll find a supportive community always ready to lend a helping hand. Our mentors and fellow students are there to support you throughout your learning journey.

7. Practice, Practice, Practice

The more you practise, the better you become. Coding is a skill that requires hands-on experience. Northcoders bootcamps will give you lots of coding challenges and projects to practise what you've learned. Repetition will help strengthen your understanding of coding concepts and improve your problem-solving skills.

Learning to code as a neurodivergent individual can be challenging, but with the right strategies and support, it is absolutely doable. Northcoders bootcamps offer a supportive learning environment that is inclusive of neurodivergent coders. If you're ready to embark on your coding journey, we highly recommend checking out our bootcamps! Visit our website to find out more about our coding bootcamps and how we can help you achieve your coding goals.