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A review of the Mode tutorials as a data science resource

Hi, I’m Olga! I have years of experience in data science, most recently at eBay and now I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise, helping data scientists land a great role through technical workshops and 1-on-1s.

What do the Mode tutorials do?

A data analytics company, Mode offers a number of resources for data scientists, including free tutorials that teach SQL and Python. Their courses feature a mix of code walkthroughs (with illustrations), readings, and hands-on projects. Those who complete the tutorials learn how to use Python and SQL, in conjunction with the free Mode platform, to conduct business analysis with real-world data.

For Python, they offer 9 lessons that cover the basics, as well as more advanced topics, including dataframes, visualizing data, building functions, and more. Their offerings in SQL are more extensive, with 15 lessons in the basic level, 20 lessons in the intermediate course, and 8 lessons in the advanced course. In addition, they offer 8 lessons that cover SQL analytics training, which teaches users how to use SQL to investigate user engagement, understand search functionality, validate A/B test results, and more. Users can pick and choose which lessons to take, which allows them to focus on specific topics and skip over others. 

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Who are the Mode tutorials for?

Current and aspiring data scientists can benefit from the tutorials offered by Mode. While beginners can learn the basics, intermediate and advanced data scientists can further their knowledge on new topics.

What do the Mode tutorials cost? How much work is involved?

The Python and SQL courses from Mode are free. To join, users need to access the Mode platform, which is also free once they create an account with their email address. 

Ratings and reviews

In general, reviewers praise the Mode tutorials as an effective tool for learning Python and SQL. The Medium group, Towards Data Science, for example, listed Mode as one of the 6 best niche platforms to learn SQL and Python.

Users on this Reddit thread recommended the Mode tutorials as one of the “best options to learn SQL” for free. According to a user on the forum for Y Cominbator, “Mode’s SQL tutorial is the best comprehensive introduction to the language that I’ve come across. If you go through all of it you can get zero knowledge to 95% of the SQL skills you need as a data analyst.” G2 reviewers similarly benefited from the tutorials, with one user describing them as “beginner friendly.” 

One Reddit user enjoyed the tutorials, stating “It’s been one of the best resources I’ve come across. Very easy to understand explanations, examples, and problems to learn from and give you confidence. They then have solid assignments.” Responding to the post, another user said that he took the Mode SQL tutorials before interviewing for a data analyst role at a Fortune 500 firm and said, “I’m not sure if I would have passed the technical round that involved some pretty heavy SQL without Mode, as I’d never learned SQL at school.”

Alternatives to the Mode tutorials

If you decide not to use the Mode tutorials, there are a number of alternative resources and bootcamps that teach data science skills.

  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite & online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • If you prefer courses rather than bootcamps, you can check out Udacity and Springboard, which are platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • Similarly, Coursera, Udemy, and edX are learning tools with a variety of courses in data science and other topics.
  • Another tech education tool, Codecademy offers free and paid courses in data science and software engineering.
  • A free online resource, SoloLearn has a track in SQL, as well as other programming languages. 
  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like data science, software engineering, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, Lambda School and Flatiron School have bootcamp tracks in data science, as well as other subjects.
  • The Data Incubator is a data science bootcamp for those with previous experience working in data.
  • You can also consider DataCamp and Dataquest, which offer individual courses and in-depth tracks in data science. 
  • People with experience who are looking to do machine learning projects as they hunt for jobs can consider SharpestMinds.

How do the Mode tutorials compare to Pathrise?

The Mode tutorials are useful tools for aspiring and current data scientists who are looking to learn SQL or Python from scratch or advance their current knowledge of these languages. However, Mode does not provide live instruction, mentorship, or job-seeking guidance of any kind. 

Pathrise is a full service organization that works with data scientists on each step of their job search through workshops & 1-on-1 mentorship. Our mentors have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table and fellows in the program are supported through career and industry-specific curriculums, including resume & portfolio building, behavioral interview preparation, technical concepts and interview practice, salary negotiation, and more. 

Furthering technical skills is a crucial component of landing a job as a data scientist, so fellows in our program can use the Mode tutorials, in conjunction with our technical workshops, to advance their data science skills.

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

If you are interested in optimizing your job search by working 1-on-1 with a mentor, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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