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Practicum Bootcamp is a family of digital re-skilling products offering 30-46 week, online Software Engineer, Data Analyst, and Data Scientist programs. Practicum Bootcamp helps people with versatile backgrounds learn a new profession online and kickstart a sustainable career in tech. Each bootcamp includes full access to an interactive online platform, real-life projects, tutor support from experienced developers, code reviews, online webinars, and live coding sessions. Practicum Bootcamp stands on the quality of the programs; if a student doesn't secure a position within six months of graduating, Practicum Bootcamp guarantees to refund their money. 

Practicum Bootcamp is open to students of all experience levels. The only requirement is a high school diploma.

More than 5,000 students have already chosen Practicum Bootcamp. Students graduate with professional certificates and portfolios with 6 to 15 projects to show to potential employers. With an average employment rate of 80%, Practicum Bootcamp’s Career Acceleration program provides graduates with the competitive edge they need to succeed. From resume-building to job offer negotiation, Practicum Bootcamps is with their students every step of the way.

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    • Data Analyst

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      Data Analytics , Data Structures, Data Visualization, Python, SQL
      OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week30 Weeks
      Start Date August 18, 2022
      Cost$6,900
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      Over this six-month re-skilling bootcamp for tech newcomers, you will master the skills required to become a data analyst and build a portfolio of 12 projects. Practicum stands on the quality of the programs; if you don't secure a position within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money — guaranteed. Theory and practice will take place on our interactive platform. The projects are based on real data from various industries (e-commerce, taxi services, advertising, and more), and are designed to highlight a range of skills relevant to business analytics, hypothesis testing, and presenting results. A professional data analyst will check each line of your code to make sure it works the way it's supposed to and conforms to industry best practices. In addition to educational projects, you will work on case studies for real companies, and add professional-level projects to your portfolio. Students will have one-to-one sessions with a career coach to develop a job-search strategy, and 4+ free hours of mock interviews to gain the confidence to nail a real one. More than 5,000 students have already chosen Practicum. With your community of peers always accessible via Slack, expert technical assistance, and ongoing emotional support, you'll never feel alone.
      Financing
      DepositN/A
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      Lending partners available, including Upstart
      Tuition PlansUpfront cost: $6,900; Monthly cost: $1,100
      Refund / GuaranteePracticum stands on the quality of the programs; if you don't secure a position within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money — guaranteed.
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelAll you need is a high school education
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
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      August 18, 2022 - Online
    • Data Scientist

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      Start Date August 18, 2022
      Cost$10,900
      Class sizeN/A
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      Over this nine-month bootcamp, for those with prior tech experience, you will master the skills required to become a data scientist and build a portfolio of 15+ projects. Practicum stands on the quality of the programs; if you don't secure a position within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money — guaranteed. Theory and practice will take place on our interactive platform. The projects are based on real data from a range of industries: e-commerce, taxi services, mining, and more. A professional data scientist will check each line of your code to make sure it works the way it's supposed to and conforms to industry best practices. In addition to educational projects, you will work on case studies for real companies, and add professional-level projects to your portfolio. Students will have one-to-one sessions with a career coach to develop a job-search strategy, and 4+ free hours of mock interviews to gain the confidence to nail a real one. More than 5,000 students have already chosen Practicum. With your community of peers always accessible via Slack, expert technical assistance, and ongoing emotional support, you'll never feel alone.
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Financing
      Lending partners available, including Upstart
      Tuition PlansUpfront cost: $10,900; Monthly cost: $1,300
      Refund / GuaranteePracticum stands on the quality of the programs; if you don't secure a position within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money — guaranteed.
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelAll you need is a high school education
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
      More Start Dates
      August 18, 2022 - Online
    • Software Engineer

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      CSS, Front End, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, SQL
      OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week46 Weeks
      Start Date August 18, 2022
      Cost$8,900
      Class sizeN/A
      LocationOnline
      Over this 10-month re-skilling bootcamp for tech field newcomers, you'll acquire the skills you need to become an excellent software engineer. Practicum stands on the quality of the programs; if you don't secure a position within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money — guaranteed. Theory and practice will take place on our interactive platform. You'll work on six real, industry-level projects: a webpage made with HTML & CSS; an adaptive website; an interactive social network; a website built with React, a back-end server using Node.js; and a full-fledged independent web application. A professional software engineer will check each line of your code to make sure it works the way it's supposed to and conforms to industry best practices. In addition to educational projects, you will work on case studies for real companies, and add professional-level projects to your portfolio. Students will have one-to-one sessions with a career coach to develop a job-search strategy, and 4+ free hours of mock interviews to gain the confidence to nail a real one. More than 5,000 students have already chosen Practicum. With your community of peers always accessible via Slack, expert technical assistance, and ongoing emotional support, you'll never feel alone.
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Financing
      Lending partners available, including Upstart
      Tuition PlansUpfront cost: $8,900; Monthly cost: $950
      Refund / GuaranteePracticum stands on the quality of the programs; if you don't secure a position within six months of graduating, we'll refund your money — guaranteed.
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelAll you need is a high school education
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
      More Start Dates
      August 18, 2022 - Online
    • Saumik Barua • Graduate
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      Studying in the ‘Data Analyst’ program conducted by ‘Practicum by Yandex’ was a nice experience for me to learn lots of new things in a sequential and well-organized way.

      A basic introductory course, Python and Basic Data Analysis has been provided for free where anyone can get an idea of the style of the program. Almost everything that is necessary has been included in the mainstream in an organized way and explained in a nice manner so that it has become easier for students from different backgrounds to learn and gain a deep comprehension. It should be mentioned that it's not possible to unlock the next topic without completing the current topic. This approach has given the platform a new dimension so that students are supposed to complete the task with good knowledge. 

      There are several communities of students, support teams, community managers and well-knowledged tutors. All are there to help with any kind of problems; therefore, it has been a nice way to learn and discuss across the time zone. It’s just awesome to see that twelve projects (guided) are also completed within the duration of the original program.

      In a nutshell, theories, tasks, projects, community and platform all contributed to make the program outstanding.  Finishing the course will boost any students’ knowledge, confidence and implementation power as well.

    • Irina • Student • Graduate
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      Well, the first 2 weeks seemed great at Yandex-Practicum, then I discovered that their program is full of bugs which hinders understanding of the practical exercises. You have to message customer support who, in some cases, just give you the answer, and unlock the next lesson for you. So you may not understand the practical tasks because you didn't even get a chance, but you'll need them later, for the project they ask you to submit every 2 weeks.
       
      Lessons are locked, even though they say in their guidelines that they won't prevent you from learning while they review your projects. For example, you can't actually study any of the lessons in a chapter unless you complete today's lesson. Even if you don't understand it and want to tackle a different lesson to not waste time, all other lessons are locked so you're forced to complete today's lesson. In a book, if you have 5 chapters to study and are having a hard time with one of them, you can always study another, so you don't waste time, and get back to the hard one when your mind is clearer or can get some help understanding it. That brings me to another issue: you can't afford to wait or do extra research to understand confusing concepts in any one lesson because the entire course has very strict deadlines so you have to complete the lesson even if you didn't understand any of it.
       
      The time pressure is enourmous and even though they advertise the course as a 20-hour per week course, it's actually not like that. It requires way more time, expecially for beginners who have no prior or very little experience with coding. I spent almost double the time in some instances and seriously thought of hiring someone outside of the course to help me. That while actually paying Yandex to help me learn.
       
      One huge problem is the discrepancy between the level of the lessons and practice (which is very basic, for beginners) and the level of the project required at the end of each sprint (at least intermediate level to advanced). I told one of their reps once: the way you're doing this is like giving me the alfabet of a new, foreign language then asking me to write an award-winning novel. That's how big the discrepancy is. The level of expertise and perfection required for the project exceeds anything taught in the lessons. Not to mention that if you had a lesson with bugs, and customer support just fed you the answer without you even having to figure out the task, you're basically in the dark when you have to incorporate that in the project.
       
      This brings me to another issue: the way they tell you that you need to ask for help for your projects. You're supposed to exhaust all possibilities on your own, then ask your fellow students, and only then contact a tutor. You could spend hours and hours scouring the internet for answers, before you can ask your fellow students. But your fellow students are not allowed to give you the answer either, only to direct you to other resources. If those resources don't work or are incomplete, only then you should contact your tutor. And the tutor doesn't give you the answer, but usually directs you to yet more resources, which then you have to decipher yet again. Every once in a while, you might get the right answer because someone takes pity on you, but very rarely, even when it's obvious you've been running into a wall and tried everything you could think of. This system only promotes waste of time and energy when you could just get straighforward help for some things.
       
      Another huge issue: we're supposed to complete a project every 2-3 weeks, but the instructions contain confusing, inconsistent information, and once you submit the project, it can get rejected at least 4 times, and the next sprint/module starts immediately, in some cases. But the lessons in that next module are not available because Yandex-Practicum keeps them locked until your project gets approved. They have 4 official rejections for your project but they may reject it for some mistakes in the beginning, which doesn't count towards the 4 official rejections. The reviewer almost never gives you a straight answer about what you've done wrong, just that you need to correct '[insert issue]'. He/she only respond once every 24 hours so if your project gets rejected one or two times (without review) because of some mistake, which doesn't count towards the 4 official rejections, then 3 times with review, before your final rejection, that means you've wasted 1-5 days. That's a whole week during which all you can do is wait for the reviewer to decide what else is wrong with your project. In the meantime, you have no acees to the next lessons. And the next sprint starts per the schedule, for which you're not eligible and you can't access because , again, they haven't approved your project. Even though their guidelines say lessons will not be locked while you're waiting for review (as I've mentioned).
       
      The whole review process is messed up. It's almost like a mind game, like a relationship with a toxic partner who tells you that they're upset with you, but they won't tell you what it is. But they're upset so you have to figure out what's wrong and fix it. This is the strategy Practicum employs for projects, which is just not healthy, and it's constantly demoralizing. For every project submission (I've done two), you see your project getting rejected again and again with barely any indication as to why. Then you submit it for the third of 4th time, after trying to figure out what's wrong, knowing that if it doesn't get approved, you'll have to leave your current class and wait to join the next one. Which puts you behind your class and your own deadlines to finish the course. It's in their guidelines: after the 4th rejection, you have to wait for and transfer to the class that started after you until they catch up, while your current class continues advancing.
       
      I'm not a stupid person, but they make it so hard to get your project approved and actually help you feel satisfied that you did a good job. My last project got rejected 3 times, 2 of them because I didn't remove comments in the code, even after I manually removed them all and checked every single line at least twice. No instructions as to how to find all of them or where the elusive comment might be hiding. In the meantime, my code is solid, the website works, but there's one comment or a minuscule character that was part of a comment somewhere, and I'm on the verge of the fourth and final rejection because of that. Which means I'll fall behind again because I'll be demoted to the next class.
       
      They make you have a constant feeling that you're on the verge of falling behind after every sprint, and it makes you miserable. And you have many sprints before the end of the course so living with that all the time, every 2-3 weeks, is just not right. And definitely not necessary. Negative reinforcement much?
       
      They advertise this as a 20-hour per week course, for 10 months. This is grossly misrepresenting the time you have to dedicate to this. It says it's beginner-friendly but it's not. It requires perfection from the students but the organization of the course is a mess, their software has many bugs and the support you receive seems minimal, with very few exceptions, and definitely doesn't bolster confidence in the process. I've never felt so discouraged in my life, after working like crazy and ignoring everything else in my life. Even when I tried to start early, so I get a head start, I still fell behind because of the way the course is structured. When I tried to study harder every day to finish the lessons early, so I can start on the project early, I still fell behind, again because of the way the course is structured. Psychologically, my last 2 months with Yandex-Practicum have put me off learning to code. This is like the worst possible situation to be in when you're learning something. Your growth and development as a student is stunted.
       
      I'm done with the course and I can't actually recommend it to anyone. I feel like it employs some bad teaching techniques which seem akin to toxic mind games, and which make the learning process torturous. Which is not how it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be hard work but not to break you mentally after every sprint. And this was just the beginning sprints, with many saying: it'll get harder. If they make it this hard now, what am I supposed to expect over the next months?
       
      Obviously, this is my opinion, and maybe other students are having an easier time. But like I said, I'm not a stupid person, and I like math and logical thinking so if it's this hard for me, I can't imagine what it's like for others who come from other backgrounds. I guess I'm not willing to put up with the unhealthy system they have. Maybe others are.
       
      Yandex-Practicum has notified me that they're giving me a partial refund.
      Response From: Maria Shchur of Practicum Bootcamp
      Title: Head of Web Guidance Team
      Thursday, Nov 18 2021
      Irina, hi! Thank you for such detailed feedback. We are very sorry that you had an unpleasant experience while studying with us. Our team has read your review and would like to respond to a few of your points: 

      • We will definitely look at the practical tasks you were mentioned, check them, and improve them to deliver a better educational experience for our students. We are also looking into the issue you raised about not being able to access new material until your project has been accepted.
      • Our program has a linear structure, and the tasks gradually increase in complexity, and are designed assuming students have mastered concepts introduced in earlier lessons. This is why students are required to finish a lesson before moving to the next one. 20 hours is the average amount of time our students spend studying per week. Some need more, some need less; the exact amount depends on previous experience, background, and other such factors.
      • There are Slack channels available to all students to post their questions. These channels are monitored by tutors, and there are no restrictions on when or how often you may ask questions. Additionally, our tutors are always ready to provide individual help via 1:1 sessions when students are struggling. We believe the immediately giving straight answers is not an efficient way to become a self-driven web developer. In your career, you'll constantly need to independently research new concepts, and we want to prepare you for this.
      • During code review, professional developers review projects, leaving suggestions and comments throughout the code. They target items to fix and areas of potential improvement. If a reviewer's comments are unclear, our tutors are available to clarify them. We believe code review is a very valuable experience.
      • Finally, we will provide you with a partial refund for the part of the program you did not complete. We are very sorry that our program was not a good fit for you, and we respect your decision to leave. Again, thank you for such comprehensive feedback. We wish you the best of luck in your future studies!

    • Hulya Karakaya • Frontend Engineer • Student
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      Practicum's Web Development program helped me find jobs and increased my skills. I got a job offer while studying and found freelancing jobs along the way. The program helped me think critically and solve problems myself without following tutorials. It really gave me the confidence to tackle and debug the code myself, thanks to the mentors. The mentors are very helpful and show you the way how to approach any bug. Career support is great. They have a dedicated section for career prep, resume revamp, cover letters, social media, and LinkedIn optimization. Their tips hugely affected my job applications. I gave more thought to my applications and got into the interview stage. Overall, great experience!
    • Shraddha • Student
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      Practicum by Yandex's Web Development Curriculum is quite comprehensive and very well structured and updated according to the current technology stack in the market. I have been learning Web development by myself but this bootcamp has given me a proper structure and time-line to my journey. The learning platform does a great job in laying out the theory and hands on. The bootcamp not only trains you on technical stuffs but also supports you with mentors who are professional Web developers themselves and always ready to help you out in projects and even side projects. The bootcamp also have community managers who are like our shock absorbers and a great emotional help. Apart from everything else, I like that the bootcamp promotes healthy learning environment and gives us many opportunities to work in real-world like scenarios through its various initiatives. 

      Pros
       1. Very supportive community of students, mentors and community managers.
       2. The curriculum is comprehensive and always getting updated.
       3. The bootcamp's vision to provide students an exposure to the real world situation, is commendable. 
    • Data Analyst Course
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      The online platform of the course is really great. In each chapter the beginning is learning the theoretical material, in this part there are plenty of examples and code parts to make it practical. Sometimes when the material is really hard, I think they should have add videos which is not so common. But they do refer to extra reading webpages or other explanations. 
      Afterwards, there are projects (first about small portion of material and then integrated). They are awesome tool for studying because you don't only get "Pass" or "Fail", you get some recommendations on things that were not in the theory and can improve your project (inc. visualization, using another methods/ functions ect.). 
      One disadvantage is that the "community" feeling is not so strong, there is a "forum" where anyone can ask questions, but no one answer other students, just the tutors are doing it. In general I would totally recommend the course for lone learners.  
    • Jim • Accountant • Student
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      I've always wanted to break into data analysis because it would be a great boost for my career. I did my research and decided to go with Practicum by Yandex. Going forward, I have no regrets! Currently, I'm in the middle of the Data Analyst program. So far, I like that Practicum has a good and detailed course structure. The material is well-written and easy to understand. There are 12 projects that become part of your portfolio once you finish. I completed 6 projects so far and I found them engaging. Of course, they were challenging, but believe it or not, this is the real deal. I'd also like to highlight the dedicated support team. My cohort is guided by a professional tutor and a very friendly community manager. Also, there's a senior student who makes sure that my questions and queries are answered promptly. I got lucky with my group mates, and it's a great feeling when you can discuss stuff with them. Every two weeks our tutor organizes live coding webinars where upcoming projects are explained and there's a Q&A session as well. At the end of the program, there's going to be the career acceleration part and I'm so excited about that. One thing that I'd like to say though is that the work of the platform could be improved because sometimes it can be slow. But it happens rarely and it gets fixed pretty quickly. The Practicum team are always improving the course and they are very open about the feedback they receive! They are there for you throughout the whole journey, so you won't feel alone! I highly recommend the Practicum by Yandex Data Analyst program if you're looking for new opportunities to kickstart a career in the field of data analysis.
    • Jason • Wood • Graduate
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      I have been teaching high school English since I graduated from my university. A few years ago, I started to think about switching my career and seriously considered coding. The idea of building something from scratch and being beneficial to online businesses at the same time had been stuck in my head for some time. I chose data analysis because I wanted to challenge myself and see how my humanitarian mindset could perform in the analytical field. 
      While researching different boot camps such as GA, Galvanize, Fullstack, I discovered Practicum by Yandex. I was impressed by the curriculum, study approach, and most importantly, the Career Acceleration Program upon graduation. And you get all of that for a very reasonable price. I graduated a month ago and am now taking part in the Career Acceleration program. The study process was great, as I managed to acquire all the needed skills for an entry-level job —Python, SQL, ML, working with databases, and building with them from scratch. In just six months, not only did I obtain those skills, I got to see how they are implemented.
      Currently, I've completed two mock interviews, provided by Practicum's team, and have built my professional portfolio, filled with the projects I had completed throughout the course. In fact, I already have several interviews with companies scheduled for next week, and I am beyond excited about what lies ahead.
      To sum it up, I would highly recommend Practicum to people who want to make a career change. Practicum works with you every step of the way, from helping you understand what coding is and how the industry works, to landing your first position.
    • Andrew Vegter • Student
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      The intro course was very clear, very well made, and even fun. I only encountered one issue with while completing the intro course and the help chat was able to get me set correctly within minutes. 
    • Shradha Jain • Graduate
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      I will be eternally grateful to Practicum for 'launching' me in data science field. Had I not done this bootcamp, I would have never managed to do so many projects, learn about so many different techniques and models which are widely used in the industry and not just data science related stuff but even general coding in python. I started this course because I did my bachelors in statistics so data science was a natural choice for me. Many students get placed in such roles so I thought that having done this bootcamp will give me an edge. And thanks to this course I changed my masters ( graduate degree) from statistics to computer science because I realised that I like coding much more than statistics. During this course we touched down on all aspects, statistics required, business value, working with text, time series, computer vision, sql queries in python, data mining using api and more. The tutors are there to solve your queries  regarding any topic, if life gets in the way and you cannot meet a deadline let your community manager know and they will help you out and also the community, you become a part of, helps you at every step! They also have a career acceleration program where they get you real world projects from companies which you can add to your resume.
    • Luke S • Student
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      All around an amazing class! Highly recommend taking it and taking full advantage of your resources, including the tutor access, hosted events, and network. Practicum's long-form, flexible class structure allows for a work-class-life balance unheard of in most other bootcamps, in person or remote, at least based on the research I've done. While I was taking this course, I was able to land a full time job at a software company which has been amazing so far! 
      My experiences learned from Practicum helped me tremendously with getting that job.
      During the interview, I was able to answer many questions I wouldn't have known the answers to. 
      My job uses a lot of the same systems, programs, and conventions as Practicum and so the course gave me a great introduction to these topics. 
      I was also able to do a mock interview (with a detailed review, and questions answered about software interviews!) with a Practicum employee that gave me a lot of great tips on what to focus on learning. 
      There have been so many good things that I've been able to participate in and learn from because of this course, I recommend it very highly. 100% worth the cost!!
       


      PROS: 
      • Excellent learning platform, curriculum, and pointers to many helpful resources
      • Teaches up-to-date and relevant technologies
      • Responsive, kind, and helpful tutors, admin, and support staff who really care about their students success
      • Extremely flexible scheduling, extremely accommodating when "life stuff happens" (this has been a HUGE plus for many students from what I've seen)
      • Many live group and 1 on 1 discussions with tutors on various topics, and opportunities for Q & A
      • Project-based course keeps the student working on new and useful features consistently
      • Encourages and facilitates networking, group-ups, group events, pair and mob programming, personal and class project review, portfolio review
      • Honest about total cost; no extra material charges or subscriptions were required after initial up-front payment
      • Code review for each submitted project (there are 17 projects including the final project)


      CONS:
      • Interactive lesson platform was sometimes down or buggy (though it worked the majority of the time)
      • Lecture-style teaching and live QA with tutor was only once for an hour every two weeks (not even a con for most people!)
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      I started Practicum's free introductory web developer course as part of the Women Who Code X Practicum by Yandex scholarship and I absolutely loved it! 

      The platform is highly engaging and simulates a real work setting. I like how the theory part is followed immediately by a hands-on coding task as practice. I also like how the platform is linear - you cannot proceed to the next section/topic unless you finish all previous sections. This addressed my problem of unstructured self-study and puts me in a structured roadmap with the correct order of learning.

      I also like the fact that the official program is organized in two-week sprints spanning a total of 10 months, with a  final project at the end of each sprint. I haven't gotten far enough to do any project yet, but knowing that I will be able to receive customized feedback from professional reviewers on my projects further motivates me to treat each project seriously. 

      The best part of my experience is the supportive Slack community and the live coding sessions/webinars hosted by tutors. This complements the self-paced study on the platform. Everyone I have interacted with so far - community managers Ramil and Iuliia, our tutor Nadya, and my fellow cohort-mates -  are absolutely amazing. I am looking forward to learning and becoming friends with everybody :)  
    • Rohit Kumar • Student
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      Before joining Practicum I tried various other platforms for web development and Came to know that entirely video based tutorials are not for me where I was just following along and get a little opportunity to learn. While the Practicum has it's own platform where you can learn and apply. later on you need to make the projects using the information you learned. The platform they are using is user friendly and very well maintained. I am currently a student and it looks promising so far. Their career support and community support is excellent throughout and I like the continuous feedback from members of the team, not to forget the code review process is quick and detailed so you can improve your work. I definitely Practicum recommend to anyone who wants to learn Development from scratch.   

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