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What is a student jumpstarter and how does it work?

Learn all about Student Jumpstarters here.

The Problem



Learning a new skill can be a challenge, yet it's nothing compared to getting a job or monetising the skillset. It is incredibly inefficient and expensive with the current education system. Without innovation to the education system, the talent-skills gap will continue to grow every day. Students will continue to struggle to get jobs, while employers continue to struggle to hire good talents.

🚀 Sigma School is at the forefront of introducing the online peer-to-peer learning concept, and we’re recruiting our team of Student Jumpstarters to help make this happen!

Why are we doing this?



Lecturers are usually too far away from their students current skill level, making it hard to connect with the students.
Bootcamps and universities struggle to give personal attention to their students because they have a mentor-student ratio of 1:30 to 1:100.
We want to replicate the group-learning experience from bootcamps or universities for Sigma School students.
We want students to learn like real programmers do - by collaborating and pair programming.
Humans are designed to learn better by output-based activities, teaching and building specifically. We want to combine that.

The Goal



To give Student Jumpstarters the opportunity to learn by teaching.
To give Student Jumpstarters extra support to ensure they are aligned with Sigma School’s visions and be able to add value to other students.
To enable Student Jumpstarters to improve their ability to share, talk and work in teams (soft skills training)
To give Students the benefit of a daily accountability system rather than learning alone.
If these are not your goals, the Student Jumpstarter Programme would not be suited for you. Please inform admins about your goals and we’ll see how we can accommodate it to our best ability!

Responsibilities



Run an accountability, pair-programming meeting online as frequently as you’d like, at least once a week.
Prepare a weekly topic to learn together and try to solve challenges together.

Benefits



Looks good on your resume
Receive a certificate and referral letter for your future employment
Improve your soft skills (very important for devs to land jobs)
Accountability session for yourself.
Speed up your learning. Solidify your knowledge through teaching.
Improve your ability to work with teams remotely to stand out in a remote career.
Help high-calibre, ambitious students become software engineers.
Get priority access to mentorship from the Sigma team
Get priority access to any hiring partners we have
Get priority access to any projects we have
Work closely with our founders and team
Better chance on getting grants on Sigma School’s programme
Get a Sigma School T Shirt after 20 sessions!
Ultimately, you’ll be part of the team building the education system of the future!

Requirements



Committed
Serious about learning to code
Hungry for personal development
Be at least 1 learning module ahead of the group you’re leading

Formats



2 student jumpstarters pair-programming together as “driver” and “navigator” while others join in to watch and contribute passively.
1 student jumpstarter presenting and sharing on a particular topic.
1 student jumpstarter just organising the session, with no one leading it, he/she comes up with the topic/challenge, and the attendees learn together.
Open to explore more formats as well.

Watch this to learn more about pair programming & coding groups



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhV4TaZaB84

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCDfBioUgts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unzc731iCUY

Some directions



2 student jumpstarters pair-programming together as “driver” and “navigator” while others join in to watch and contribute passively.
1 student jumpstarter presenting on a particular topic.
1 student jumpstarter just organising the session, with no one leading it, he/she comes up with the topic/challenge, and the attendees learn together and try to solve it together.

High Level Flow



Get assigned a fixed timeslot, at least once every week.
Plan and set an agenda for the month and create your own Google meet link. Our team will help you get it up and running.
Example: In June, if your slot is on Monday 9PM, plan for the rest of June each monday 9PM what will you be covering. Lay out the agenda for it.
Hold yourself accountable to organise the session, even if no one else joins in.

In Session Flow



5 minutes: Join & break the ice.
5 minutes: Talk about an agenda, propose a task/challenge/project and try to solve it together.
40 minutes: Solve the problem together.
10 minutes: If a solution is found, share it with everyone before ending the session with a follow-on task or challenge to be discussed in the next meeting.
If no solution is found, make it a task to solve it within the week. Seek help from our inhouse mentors & instructors.

Any questions?



Message ‘Sigma School Admin’ in our learning app or drop us an email at support@sigmaschool.co

Updated on: 14/09/2022

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