When looking for a coding school or coding bootcamp, it’s important to find the right fit—financially, ideal location, suitable schedule, etc. But the right fit doesn’t just mean the school itself; it also means the type and style of the instructor who is facilitating the classes. And in the world of tech training, the two main types of facilitators are teachers and real-life trainers.
A teacher is someone who has acquired knowledge and is passing it along to the students, namely through lectures and presentations. As simple as it sounds, the teacher is sharing knowledge by teaching it to students.
On the other hand, a real-life trainer is someone who is actively working in the industry and is passing along first-hand knowledge through experience, actual case studies, exercises, and suggested readings. In addition, a trainer is instructing while the students are actively employing the information in real-time, and is able to answer questions and provide support immediately.
Coding school is a great application for real-life trainers because of how most of the world learns information. Researchers have narrowed it down to three basic types of retention:
- Visual: These types of learners need to see charts, graphs, and pictures to fully understand and retain the concepts.
- Auditory: These learners retain best when they hear the information.
- Kinesthetic: These types of learners must physically engage in an activity to be able to understand and retain it.
And according to an Inc.com article, 65% of the U.S. population are visual learners. What does that mean? Most people need to see it to understand it. Couple that with the concept of learning by doing. As Ben Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
At Skillspire, all of our instructors are real-life trainers, which we feel is important for a number of reasons. First, the pace of technological change is incredibly rapid, and getting faster all the time. Instructors who are working in the tech industry are on the front lines of change. Who better to answer students’ questions than someone who is living and breathing the information every day?
And second, many of our instructors aren’t just real-life trainers; they are career pivoters just like many of our students. In other words, they had a first career, learned to code through evening and weekend tech classes, and have pivoted or changed their careers to one in the tech industry. Better than anyone, these real-life trainers can understand the unique perspective of our students and, in turn, can help our students thrive.