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App Academy

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App Academy offers immersive web development courses both online and in-person on campuses in San Francisco and New York City. App Academy’s curriculum is largely based on a hands-on approach. Students spend about 90% of their time pair programming and 10% in lectures, encouraging the sharing of knowledge while also making coding more social. App Academy places emphasis on career training to help students land jobs soon after graduation. App Academy's job-search curriculum focuses on algorithms, interview skills, and other technical interview-focused skillsets.

The in-person web development course is 16 weeks-long, and the full stack curriculum covers Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML/CSS, SQL, algorithms, data structures, and React/Redux. Students interested in this intense program should expect to put in 90-100 hours per week. The first 9 weeks of the course are focused on learning web development skills in multiple languages, and the final 3 weeks are a robust job-search curriculum. The online course runs for 24 weeks, and focuses on JavaScript and Python. Students of the online course learn fundamentals, such as JavaScript, Git, and object-oriented programming, and later build on these by learning languages, such as Express, React, HTML & CSS, and more. Like the in-person course, students of the online course create a portfolio that includes individual and group projects. 

Interested applicants should expect to submit an application, complete two coding challenges, complete an interview and receive an admission decision a few days after the interview. Prospective applicants can also enroll in App Academy’s Bootcamp Prep programs to increase their chances of admission from 2% to more than 40%.

App Academy offers a deferred payment plan where students are only required to pay tuition if they secure a job upon graduation. App Academy offers two other pricing models for students as well — a completely upfront model and a hybrid model that is a combination of the deferred and upfront models.

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  • App Academy Open

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$0
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    With App Academy Open you’ll get free access to App Academy’s entire in-person full-stack curriculum, which has placed thousands of people in software development jobs. App Academy is ranked as the #1 coding bootcamp in the US and, since 2016, has placed more software developers at Google than UC Berkeley. On the Free plan you’ll get over 1,500 hours of material (readings, videos, projects), an interactive coding environment and community features like chat to keep you connected with thousands of prospective developers across the globe.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Bootcamp Prep

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    HTML, JavaScript, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time4 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,999
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Bootcamp Prep is a 4 week, part-time course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well assist with your individual bootcamp applications.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Refund / GuaranteeYour full Bootcamp Prep tuition will be subtracted from your initial deposit if accepted into App Academy's full time program under the deferred payment plan.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Bootcamp Prep Online

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    HTML, JavaScript
    OnlinePart Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,795
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Bootcamp Prep is a part-time, online course, guaranteed to get you accepted at the most selective coding schools or your money back. The program will teach you up to an advanced level of JavaScript, and instructors provide you with 1-on-1 mock interviews, as well as assist with your individual bootcamp applications.
    Financing
    DepositNone
    Tuition PlansStandard: $995 Plus: $1795 Premium: $3795
    Refund / GuaranteeMoney back guarantee if you aren't accepted into a top coding bootcamp
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    Minimum Skill LevelNo experience required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • In-Person Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date June 1, 2020
    Cost$17,000
    Class size60
    LocationSan Francisco, New York City
    Over sixteen weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and React/Redux. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.
    Financing
    DepositOnly applicable for the Deferred tuition option, a deposit of $3k will be required.
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    Lending partnership with Climb Credit available for the Upfront tuition option.
    Tuition Plans$17,000 Upfront Plan $23,000 Hybrid Plan ($9k upfront, $13k deferred) $28,000 Deferred Plan (Fully deferred with a $3k deposit)
    Refund / GuaranteeGuaranteed placement under the Deferred tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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  • Online Full Stack Web Development

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    Start Date June 15, 2020
    Cost$20,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Over 24 weeks, you'll learn all the skills needed to begin a career as a web developer. Through hands-on projects, we train you to build web applications with JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, React/Redux, SQL, and HTML/CSS. Prior programming experience isn't required. However, you will need lots of tenacity and a passion for building cool stuff.
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    Deposit$0
    Financing
    Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition Plans- ISA: $0 Upfront. 15% for 3 years with a maximum of $31,000, only after you're hired making over $50,000 - Upfront: $20,000
    Refund / GuaranteeGuaranteed job under ISA tuition option.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer literacy
    Prep WorkProvided at each step by App Academy.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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  • Great course
    - 1/8/2018
    Abigail Hersh • Student
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    Attending App Academy has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I've learned so much more than I thought possible these past three months. It's a huge commitment, so be prepared to spend basically every waking moment thinking about code. You'll be dreaming about it too.

    The course does a great job of making programming accessible to everyone, no matter your background. The staff are extremely supportive and accessible, so there's always help when you need it. You also end up having a wonderful support system from your peers, since you end up spending most of your time with them and you all share the same struggles.

    I would definitely recommend App Academy to anyone who's willing to devote all of their time to code. If you fall behind at all it's really difficult to catch up, so make sure you're ready to dedicate all of your next three months to the program.

  • Matthew • Student
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    There are definitely pros and cons to App Academy. The curriculum covers a ton of stuff, including many computer science topics that many other bootcamps do NOT go over, which definitely helps when looking for a first job and beyond. That being said, the course is not for everyone. It's an extremely rigorous and stressful course, which requires complete dedication to the work and topics being taught. A loss of focus could lead to being dismissed from the course. Overall though, the course has been very rewarding and in the end if you put in the work, it will pay off.

  • Intense(ly cool)
    - 1/6/2018
    Brendan H • Fullstack Developer • Graduate
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    By the end of the course, you'll be coding websites that make you feel like a superhero, especially for those who struggle to understand what OOP is all about. Make no mistake - it is a commitment, it is intense, it will consume your life for twelve weeks, and it is a ton of pressure. AA admits that their course is designed to keep you on the edge of comfortability. But for this student, at least, it works, and I feel ready to jump into the world of web development.

    The weakest part of the course is the written curriculum - it is new, and it suffers towards the end of the course. It can be dense and unforgiving to parse, especially for those with no background in computer science or for those struggling with the course generally. Thankfully, the excellent TAs and instructors will do their best to assist you.

  • Brian S • Student
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    tl;dr: It's 100% difficult and worth it.  I came from an Arts background with 0 tech experience and now I know how to build fully functioning web applications and have the foundation for a career in software development.

    Believe what you've read: App Academy is a very intense and rigorous curriculum that does not ever slow down, but on the other side you discover that you've learned more than you knew there was to learn, and you have the skills you need to start a career in software development.

    Before App Academy, I was a musical theater performer and PR professional.  I had ABSOLUTELY NO TECHNICAL OR MATHEMATICAL BACKGROUND and I felt like a fish-out-of-water.  But, it didn't matter.  It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I committed to the course and the curriculum and App Academy taught me a tremendous amount in a short time: much more than I could have ever taught myself.  Even better: App Academy taught me how to continue learning about software development and new technologies for my future as a developer.

    It cannot be said enough that the curriculum is super intense.  It does not slow down, and you are often moving on to a completely different subject before you feel like you understand what you just learned.  The Assessments are also real and can be very stressful: people do/will get dismissed from failing assessments.  That being said, everything you learn builds on itself and if you can manage your stress, trust in the curriculum (seriously: trust it), and focus 100% of your time and energy for just 12 weeks you will have nothing to worry about.

    Soft skills and pair programming are key.  You will almost never work alone during the course. That might sound uncomfortable or daunting at first, but it can be really valuable to help you absorb all the new information and also to teach you to talk and think out loud about code and programming.

    Be prepared to keep learning once you've finished too.  App Academy will teach you what you need to start a career, but you will probably need to continue studying on your own afterward to make sure you understand everything you need to to find a job and have that career. There's a huge world out there of programming languages, algorithms, and CS concepts, but luckily App Academy teaches you how to learn on your own as well.

    App Academy was a challenging experience, but worth every second.They took a musical theater kid with no tech background and turned him into a software developer. It's intimidating, but don't shy away from it. If you honestly want to make the shift to a career in programming App Academy can help you get there. 

  • Kevin M. • Student
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    App Academy is an investment in your future. With hard work and dedication you can get through the program and be qualified for a fantastic job. I found a job rather quickly after graduation, and although your mileage may vary, there is a very real demand in the computer science field. They will teach you the skills necessary to land a great job. It is a very rigorous 3 months however, so be prepared. If you have the right mindset and a dedicated attitude to learn you will be successfull here. Be prepared to start your day at 9am and end at midnight or close to it every weekday. Take homework seriously as it prepares you for the next day. Weekends don't leave much time for relaxation as you will most likely be studying intensely for an exam (it is very easy to fail an exam even if you understand the material, so don't underestimate them!). Exams are scheduled such that you usually can only study on the weekend right before. Basically you should pretend fun doesnt exist for 3 months - slacking would be dangerous.

     

  • A Great Experience
    - 12/18/2017
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    At first, I was skeptical about Bootcamps in preparing someone to be ready for a Full Stack Development role in 13 weeks. But after the first week, I immediately knew choosing App Academy was the best choice for myself. The entire curriculum was thoroughly thought out, the instructors were excellent and knowledgeable, and the community is inclusive-oriented which made meeting amazing people from all walks of life a breeze. The curriculum is demanding, you will be tested, you will change, and you will find the program to be one of the most satisfying experience.

  • Trung Vu • Graduate
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    I recently graduated from App Academy, and as the title said above, it was an intense but also enjoyable experience.

    Background: I had very little to none coding experience before joining App Academy. I wasn't able to attend the Jump Start either and had to studied by myself with the onilne material they provided before taking the online technical challenge to get it. After that, there was a prep-course that we had to complete online before actually starting the co-hort. All to prepare us for the very intense 12-weeks program.

    The program: Yes, it is intense, very. And no, it's not a scam, people do become "software developer" after the program. How good? It depends. You truly get out of it what you put in. For me, that was 12 weeks of little to none social activities. My daily routine was school at 9, and got home by around 9-10pm, or even later. Most of the time I felt behind, but so did most of my classmates. The reason for that was most of us have no CS background, and the course was very very intense. But we all helped each other to get through it and the TAs did the tremendous jobs of helping and supporting us as well. In short, you can think of it like: being 30lbs over-weight, and signing up for some 12-weeks programs that promise to get you lost that 30lbs + the 6 packs. Imagine the effore and commitment that you have to put in to get that result. Now multiply it by 10. You get the picture.

    Pros: pair programming was one of my favorite experiences in the co-hort. Each day I got to pair with different memember in my class, and it all gave a different experience one way or another. TAs were also very helpful. And the materials were very well instructed.

    Cons: not much, and it's very much personal or opinionated, so I won't lay out too much. But as much as I enjoyed Ruby, I think the industry is steering more toward Python now. The rest of the materials are still good and up-to-date, especially React and Redux.

    Overall: would definitely recommend it to anyone. But if you think this is college-like, you may wanna reconsider. App Academy doesn't teach you everything. It does, however, teach you how to teach yourself everything.

  • Matthew • Graduate
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    Attending App Academy has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had thus far, and I have not even started job hunting yet. If you attend, be prepared to drop pretty much everything else from your life for the duration of the program. Also be prepared that if you don't truly love programming, you may get burnt out during that time.

    I'm truly amazed at how much I have learned in such a short period of time, and how hard I've been able to work to achieve that goal. As cheesy as it sounds, now that I've made it through the program, I feel as if any goals I have are achievable if I can muster this kind of work ethic.

    There are certainly things about this program that could be improved. However i do like that as the course went on, and especially now in the job search curriculum, you become more and more independent as you learn how to teach yourself. Some people may feel they want more hands-on instruction, but I thought they provided a good balance.

    I'll update this review during or after the job search if I feel differently.

     

     

  • T Vu • Student
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    App Academy is an incredible and worthwhile experience.  My background is in Liberal Arts, yet I was able to make it through the main curriculum. Meaning you can too, as long as you are willing to put in the effort and hours.  Expect a challenge like no other, which can be overcome with helpful peers and the attentiveness of the staff.

    I highly recommend this school, and I think you should check it out.

  • Mike Salisbury • Full-stack Web Developer • Student
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    If you are looking to get into web development/coding, look no further than App Academy! 

    The process begins with some very difficult technical coding challenges to even be admitted (I was recently told by some TA's that the coding challenges to get in are harder than those given by many companies!).
    Once accepted, you'll spend a month mastering the prep work to get up to where you need to be for day 1 - THIS IS IMPORTANT!! If you do not have complete mastery of the prep material, you will fall behind!

    Reading reviews and talking to graduates, they'll all tell you to be prepared to spend 100+ hours reading, writing, breathing code - impossible right? The truth is, you'll spend every waking hour dedicated to coding - you'll wish you had more time to prepare for an assessment or to finish a feature on a project. The curriculum is definitely challenging and will bring you to your breaking points - all of this is to push you further and to ensure you know what you're doing. Along the way, you'll meet 80 awesome students all in the same stage as you - and you'll be advised by some really cool and really knowledgeable TA's.

    tl;dr
    If you are looking to change careers and want to get into coding/web dev. make sure App Academy is at the top of your list to apply for - also be prepared to dedicate the entire next 3 months ( don't worry, your future is worth the sacrifice ;) ).

  • Best Decision Ever
    - 12/3/2017
    Joe Tessy • Software Developer • Graduate
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    Choosing to go to app/Academy was the best decision I ever made. Within 7 months, I was able to acquire new skills, and start a new career in something I'm passionate about. a/A was the hardest, but most rewarding thing I've ever done. Thank you!

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    Having just finished App Academy's main curriculum, I can say with confidence that this program is not for everyone. Although I was extremely engaged by the material, had a great time working with the TAs, and have met some great people in my cohort, it's clear that coding bootcamps, especially App Academy, demand a work ethic that not everyone is prepared for.

    Be prepared to spend 12-14 hrs a day working on code (commuting time included). Be prepared to undergo serious pressure as failing assessments can lead to direct expulsion from the program. Be prepared to embrace the fact that there will be some concepts that will stump you into submission. Be prepared to sacrifice your life as you know it to succeed in this program.

    Would I do it again? Definitely.

    I came from a minimal coding background and my skills increased exponentially. I loved the curriculum and being in a pure learning environment--I thought of it like supercharged undergrad (having been on the quarter-system I was used to a faster pace). 

    Why I'm giving 4 stars: there is little to no diversity at all. I could count on two hand ALL students in my cohort who are queer, female, and/or of non-caucasian or non-Asian descent.Having grown up in the East Bay, I was shocked and discouraged by the lack of diversity in the classroom. It also became evident that most students came from educated, middle-class backgrounds and didn't have anything to lose by quitting their jobs to enroll in a coding bootcamp. 

    Coding bootcamps are a business, period. But I personally believe that because they advertise themselves as a sort of trade-school-esque-alternative to college, they should make an effort to market themselves to the communities that statistically enroll less in 4-year colleges: individuals from working-class backgrounds and select minority communities. 

    Bottom-line: the curriculum is fantastic, the people are great. just be prepared for a lot of work and a relatively sterile and uniform social environment for 3+ months.

  • Is it for you?
    - 11/30/2017
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    If you have some coding experience and know that web development is the career for you, then absolutely enroll in a/A!  The curriculum is incredible, and constantly being updated, meaning that when you graduate you’ll be well-positioned to land a job at one of the many companies who want to update their tech stack.

    However, you get out what you put in...  If you’re very motivated, and know that this is the career for you, then chances are you will put in the work and get the results.  On the other hand, I would strongly advise against using a/A to “try out” coding as a career.  You’ll just be taking up a spot that could be filled by someone more likely to succeed.

  • Best life decision!
    - 11/28/2017
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    I have always been interested in development and prior to attending app/Academy I had been reconsidering going back to school. I had worked in many fields and hated most but wanted to make a change, I finally decided it was time for me to pursue my passion, developing apps. Still, I'm no spring chick and going back to school didn't seem like a valid option given time and financial constraints - thus enter app/Academy.

    In my 12 weeks at app/Academy I truly learned more than I thought would be possible. Having gained the knowledge and resources in such a short amount of time has been an invaluable experience. The staff is incredible and super helpful, the curriculum structure is seemingly perfect and the pace is non-stop. When we were warned that it would be challenging they weren't kidding. I will say if you are ready for this, are willing to dedicate your life to it for 3 months, and are excited to make a change, this can also be easily one of the best experiences of your life as well! I am looking forward to my my new career as a software developer, thanks to a/A!

  • Graduated and Hired
    - 11/21/2017
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    I'll start with some background because I remember reading these before I started a/A and wished people gave more thorough backgrounds. I have a B.A. in Chemistry (class of 2015) from a state university and I was working as a Research Assistant before doing a/A, I had little experience in programming before attending the program. I graduated from a/A at the end of August and was given my first offer which I accpeted in early November as a Full Stack Software Engineer in SF.

    I couldn't have accomplished my goals in the time line I did without a/A and the people I met through a/A. The curriculum is great and so are the people that you will meet during your time at a/A, there are a lot of bright aspiring people that are excited to make the change just like you so it provides a great environment for learning. It is an intense course, but thats what you're signing up for, you wouldn't get the same results without it, but its doable.

    The hardest part for me and what I was always worried about was the job search (it sucks... bad). But thats how job searches are, a/A will set you up with a good foundation resume / cover letter and application strategy (and a job fair where a few companies come out every few months) but thats about as good as it gets, its up to you for the most part. Just know from the start there is going to be a lot of rejections (350+ apps, 14 phone screens, 1 onsite / offer for me). You just can't give up, theres a lot of jobs out there, you just have to meet the bar for a company to give you an offer.

    It's ok (and normal IMO) to feel skeptical about bootcamps especially at this time when some have gone out of business. The more technical you are (STEM majors, especially engineering or math majors) the easier it will be to pick up the material and find a job, but if you don't have a STEM degree that doesn't mean it isn't going to work out but its going to be more difficult and stressful.

    All in all, if you know you want to do this, you can, but this is going to be your life for 5-10 months. 

    I'll also say the friends I made helped me a lot through a/A, its a stressful time and having people around to break the stress of the curriculum and job search was essential for me.

     

     

      

     

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    Coming from a non technical background, it was a very tough 12 weeks for me. Thankfully all the Teaching Assistants are passionate about making sure we learn the material and become software engineers. The curriculum is very well rounded, covering Ruby, JS, SQL, and much more. The aspect I like most App Academy is the environment and culture. Everyone wants to learn and is also eager to share the knowledge he/she has. At the end of the 12 weeks I was surprised by how much I have learned grown. But most importantly I made some great friends along the way.

  • You Learn a Lot
    - 11/17/2017
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    The intensity of App Academy is well reported at this point. The reviews you read are mostly true - certain weeks it is reasonable to expect to spend 90+ hours on your computer. That said, you learn a lot and you learn without realizing just how far you've come, which is cool. The staff is excellent and approachable and the curriculum is well thought out. My main complaint with the program is that you are treated like a child, which might be helpful for some but I found irritating. You are required to submit daily reports on your progress with questions like "what did you learn today", which are never responded to unless you appear to be struggling (i.e. failing an assessment). Additionally, you'll have to check in three times a day by clicking a little button you can only access while on the a/A network. These are minor things but they seem like needless added stress to me.

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    I like App Academy and made a lot of great friends. It is hard unless you are fairly natural or have enough previous experience. You will struggle otherwise but it is doable.  People will fail out. They will probably have tried their hardest as well. But even if you fail out it is free so worth the shot.

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    Let me say in advance that I think the program itself is superb. The Teaching Assistants all know what they're talking about, and are very good at answering your questions and clarifying your understanding of things. The course material is all excellent, and by the end of the course, you'll have a strong understanding of vanilla javascript, ruby, rails, and using it all together to create an app or service from scratch. AA does a great job teaching ruby, rails, React + Redux, and putting it all together in a final package.

    However, while the material is all superb, the downside is the extreme pacing and difficulty. You will easily do 12-14 hour days of non-stop coding, studying, etc (with the occasional breaks for sanity, of course). I would only recommend this program if you feel that you are completely prepared for the sheer intensity of the program. You learn a lot, and you have to learn it fast. If you fall behind, material quickly snowballs, and you'll be left behind. I cannot stress enough how important time management, and being prepared for the workload, is for to get the most out of this experience.

    Having a very good grasp of ruby, javascript, and a basic understanding of how the internet works, will help a lot to prepare for what you'll encounter. Prior experience helps a lot. If you aren't good at typing at a decently fast pace, practice. Make sure you're fully prepared before coming in, or else you might be in for a rude awakening.

  • worth
    - 11/7/2017
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    Ultimately, you get out what you put into it. There is not a lot of leeway for slacking off. You spend the time getting prepared and getting ahead. Every day builds on the last, and missing one or more days can easily snowball into a miserable weekend trying to catch up. You do not want to be playing catch-up. Having said that, everyone learns the material at a different pace. Get comfortable with the struggle, but don't get lazy about it.

    Tips: Ask questions. Review the next day's material and get a good grasp of what's coming. Let lecture fill in those holes so you are prepared to tackle the day's projects.

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    I'll try to add something that may or may not have been told by some students. Now the question we all as prospect students are, are all these reviews true? well yes. You will get an outstanding education from a/A and I'm saying this as I have attended a bootcamp a few years ago and graduated without knowing much except building a quick website.

     

    NOW I'm gonna say this hopefully clear, if you don't have that strive to want a job, come out being one of the top students in the industry and that includes putting nearly 15-18 hours a day, including weekends just to get there, then please do yourself a favor and most amazing teachers/possible colleagues a favor and do not apply. This isn't a kids program or for someone who says oh I just want to be able to build a website or two. There are many of those bootcamps that you can go to and have honestly a less stressful time.

     

    BUT for those willing to succeed, put the grit and time to come out as one of the top programmers from a bootcamp, I'll say apply and get ready for a crazy ride called learning. It'll be intensive, you'll have sleepless nights and possibly have an unhealthy diet, but it'll be an amazing experience, one you'll never regret. Looking forward to meeting all of you hopefully one day who makes it till the end.

     
  • My Time at a/A
    - 11/6/2017
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    My experience at App Academy definitely lived up to the intensity that others had described. Be warned, it really is intense. It’s physically and mentally draining. If you have any kind of background related to computer programming you may have a better time. As someone without a background I had to work constantly just to hang in there. Nearly everyday I was confused by what I was learning and that was definitely something hard to get used to. I’d never felt so impotent in my life. I averaged 5-6 hours of sleep at night and was slowly enveloped by a thick fog. The longer I went without sleep the more confusing and difficult things became. It got to the point I could barely remember the conversations I’d just had with people. Luckily I was always able to catch up on some sleep during the weekend and get back to ‘reality’ for a couple of days. If you are planning to take the course you should know that if you want to succeed the course will have to be your life. This is difficult to maintain, but it is possible.

                In hindsight I believe I may have taken somewhat of the wrong approach to the course (although I don’t regret the way I accomplished it). I did everything they told us to do. I did all the readings and all the homeworks every night. This is the reason for my lack of sleep. I tried to do everything, and many of my fellow classmates did not. I think I allowed myself to get so tired that the work I was doing wasn’t helping as much as it was hurting me.

                If you’re looking just to pass the course, I believe it may be pretty easy. All the exams were very very closely related to the given practice exams. If you know how to memorize a practice exam and other topics that may appear on the exam, the exams are easy. You should be able to take the practice exam in half the expected time. If you can do that, I believe you will pass the real exam. There weren’t really any curveballs.

                That said we did lose many classmates from the exams. A student was even sent home on the last exam. I believe we lost a total of 12 people, and started with 62. I believe that those students probably had tried to do too much and weren’t able to effectively learn the practice exams.

                It’s a tough course and it’s important to make good friends throughout the program. Don’t count on being comforted by the staff. It’s required to fill out progress reports every night, but then you are given the impression that no one ever reads them. It’s like shouting into the wind. I was never once approached to discuss my ideas or encouraged to keep up the good work.

                But the community is great and you feel an unspoken bond with everyone in the course. We’re all suffering together.

                You will learn the curriculum that they advertise and you will become a fullstack developer.

                I am about to start the job search curriculum of the program and hope that I will be able to find a job. I do feel that I have learned a lot since I started and look forward to continuing my education.

                The rating is hard for me to give because I am yet to know how effective I will be at securing a job. 

  • Chris Lee • Student
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    Before coming to app academy, I taught myself coding over a period of two years. In that time I used free resources such as Codecademy, FreeCodeCamp, and CS50 EDX. After joining App Academy, I can confidently say that I learned exponentially more in app academy than I did in the two years that I spent with those free resources. App academy provides a curriculum that keeps you engaged and challenges you to reach past what you thought you were capable of and bring more to the table than ever before. While the program is tough, if you stick with the work you will learn a lot and make it through. 

  • Benny • Student
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    Gonig through app academy was definitely one of the most stressful time of my life. But it was also the best learning experience it my life. I would recommend a/A to anyone looking for a career change or looking to get into tech in general.

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    Pros: Good TAs and fast paced curriculum. It's pretty unbelievable how much you'll learn in 9 weeks. If you're a self-starter and enjoy the fast-paced learning, you will get a lot out of the program. 

    Con: Unforgiving pace and schedule. It's easy to fall behind if you don't put in the time/work. The learning style might not be suited for everyone. The near weekly assessments can be stressful  (around ~15% of each cohort ends up getting asked to leave for failing assessments). 

    General tips: Do the prepwork! You're not starting with the assumption that you don't know anything day1. You're expected to be able to do small object-oriented programs from the very beginning, and you definitely don't want to start off behind. It's a big commitment, so don't plan on doing anything except the program for the 3 months. 

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