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Can I choose my coding partner?

As a Sigma School student, you will initially get assigned a coding partner and a support group. Every day, you will have a standup meeting with your support group to set goals for the day, and you will learn with your coding partner by building projects through pair programming.

Even though your support team will most likely be the same during the entire program, your coding partner will probably change. That way, you will have the chance to learn and work with multiple people.

There are occasions where you get to choose and link up with your partner on your own, and sometimes, you will also be randomly paired with another Sigma School student to have a coding session, where you will get to know each other and have fun coding together for an hour.

As you get to the end of the program, you will also do mock interviews with people outside your support group to help you prepare each other for the job interviews.

We believe that learning to collaborate with a diverse group of people will make our students stronger developers, better employees, and, ultimately, more compassionate human beings.

Our learning community reflects the values that we stand by, and we believe in giving everyone equal opportunities regardless of where they come from. Creating an inclusive community where everyone feels encouraged and safe to learn and collaborate is our main priority.

This, by the way, is no different from a real job. Once you start working for a company, you won’t be able to choose who else is in your team, and you will need to learn how to work with all kinds of people and personalities.

In the same way that companies select the people they hire, at Sigma School, we are also very selective with the students who join us. That means that no matter who your coding partner is, they will be incredibly motivated, driven, and also great collaborators, just like you.

Short answer, you get to choose your study buddy, but in some scenarios you don’t get to choose. However, if theres any assigned partners making you uncomfortable, we have a process in place where you get to stay anonymous while pointing out what happened.

Updated on: 14/09/2022

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