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A review of Codecademy as a tech educational tool

What does Codecademy do?

Started in 2011, Codecademy is an online educational tool for people interested in learning how to code. They have both free and paid resources in the subjects of web development, programming, game development, and data science.

Users can choose one of three ways to learn: courses, skill paths, and career paths. Courses can take between 1 hour and 20 hours to complete, depending on the subject. Some courses are free and some require the Pro membership. 

Skill paths help students learn a specialized skill, like creating a front-end app with React or analyzing data with SQL. These range from 6-10 weeks and all require Pro membership to be completed. The goal of these courses is to give a step-by-step guide to learning this skill and utilizing it quickly in the real world.

The career paths are in the following topics: coding foundations (computer science history, career exploration, applications), computer science (Python, data structures, command line, git), data science (Python, SQL, data visualization, machine learning), and web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, React). These paths take 20-35 weeks, with the exception of the foundations path, which is introductory and only takes 2 weeks. Students can only participate in career paths on the Pro membership.

Who is Codecademy for?

People who are interested in learning a new skill, advancing their current knowledge, or getting more hands-on learning in computer science, programming, or data science, would benefit from Codecademy.  

What does Codecademy cost? How much work is involved?

The Pro membership for Codecademy is $19.99/month when on a 12 month subscription, $29.99/month when on a 6 month subscription, and $39.99/month when paying month-to-month.

Ratings and reviews

Codecademy has been around since 2011 and has had 45 million users participate in their courses. Reviews online are mixed about the quality, though. Some users enjoy the courses and the hands-on experiences and “learn-by-doing” methodology. In addition, most agree that the free content is helpful, most of the time, but the paid content is not worth it. 

There are also a lot of reviews from students who feel that the courses are not well put together. They cite errors in the curriculum and note that they feel like it doesn’t return to the same topics enough, making it difficult for students to remember each lesson. 

There have also been a fair number of administrative complaints made about Codecademy, in which students signed up for a free trial but their credit card was charged or they attempted to cancel before the next month’s charge and could not. They were also frustrated by the lack of customer support help.

Alternatives to Codecademy

As an educational program, there are a fair number of alternatives to Codecademy. Udacity is probably the most well known – they offer a mix of free and paid resources that students can use to learn many different tech skills. Similarly, Springboard and Coursera are popular online education tool for people interested in learning or advancing their current tech skills.

Similarly, there is Udemy, which is an online learning platform with over 100,000 online video courses in a wide variety of topics. Udemy students can pick & choose classes, often paying around $10 per class.

How does Codecademy compare to Pathrise?

Codecademy is an online education tool, with courses for people who are interested in learning a completely new skill or advancing their current skills. At Pathrise, our fellows should already have a background in the field they are interested in, because our industry-specific curriculum is focused on the types of questions they will see in their technical interviews.

All of our workshops and sessions at Pathrise are live, so that our fellows can interact with the advisors and ask questions when they come up. Fellows also meet 1-on-1 with their advisors on a weekly basis and this time can go towards anything they personally need to work on, including technical and behavioral interview sessions, resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building and strengthening, cold email and reverse recruiting, and negotiation. Pathrise fellows never pay anything upfront and only after they begin working at a job they love do they pay their income share agreement, which is 9% of their first year’s salary.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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