3 Ways Computer Science Programs Can Reduce Student Burn Out

  1. One-on-One Coaching
  2. Project-Based Learning
  3. Reduced Context Switching

One-on-One Coaching

At Make School, your coach is not an advisor or a counselor or a therapist or even your friend. They are friendly of course! And they might even become your friend, but as your coach they are The Guardian of your Highest Potential. The easiest way to understand your coach’s role is if you’ve ever had a sports coach. Your sports coach does everything they can to increase your athletic performance. Your Make School coach has specialized training and tools for helping their coachees increase their engineering performance.

Project-Based Learning

Learning at Make School has always been (and probably always will be) based on doing projects. Whether going step-by-step through a digital online tutorial, hacking on a project in a hackathon, or starting what you hope is the next big startup — our students learn by doing real projects in the real world.

Reduced Context Switching

Neuroscientists have discovered that your brain uses a lot of energy to switch between different tasks. Say you were emailing a friend, but then interrupted yourself to practice piano for 3 minutes, and then you switched to baking cookies. In this case the energy you spent switching between these tasks was far greater than the energy you spent in any one of them. This inefficient use of mental energy is called context switching, and in our society of infinite phone and internet distractions, it is like anthrax for completing your goals and becoming who you want to be.

With the right design choices, any school can minimize student burnout.



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