Frequently Asked Questions
Hack Reactor’s Structured Study Program (SSP) is our newest program (currently in Beta) for preparing yourself for Hack Reactor’s immersive. SSP is a concentrated prep program designed to take participants from beginners to Hack Reactor Immersive ready in around 5 weeks. The program is a nights-and-weekends mini-bootcamp leading up to the 12-week Immersive program. This program is for students who have not yet passed the Hack Reactor Technical Interview and want the best chance of getting into the Immersive program on a tight timeline. SSP is done entirely remotely using various online tools.
July 3rd Group July 10th Group
Class begins: Monday, July 3, 2017 Monday, July 10, 2017
Class ends: Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017
HR Cohort start: Monday, Aug 14 (NYC, LA, ATX); or
Monday, Aug 21 (SF, Remote); or
Tuesday, Aug 22 (Remote Part-Time)
6:00pm - 9:00pm PT
6:00pm - 9:00pm PT
6:00pm - 9:00pm PT
6:00pm - 9:00pm PT
10:00am - 7:00pm PT
10:00am - 7:00pm PT
See below for more detailed course schedules:
July 3rd course
July 10th course
It means that the program is still new. As with any new product or course, it is subject to changes/revisions as we troubleshoot any hiccups that may occur. We do our best to keep you up to date on these changes as far out as possible, and appreciate your patience as we iterate to create the best possible program. 😀
There are two parts to SSP plus some prerequisite work you have to do before the first day of class.
Part 1 - JS Fundamentals
This part takes up roughly the first half of SSP and will cover all the content you find in the Hack Reactor Prep program. This part of the program will focus on taking from what you did as the prerequisites and build you up to where you have mastered how to write basic functions, conditionals, iteration, and how to traverse nested data structures.
Part 2 - Hack Reactor Precourse
This part of the program takes place roughly during the second half of SSP and will cover the Precourse content that all admitted students complete before they start the Hack Reactor Immersive program. This content will cover some Computer Science fundamentals, higher order functions, recursion, and how to build a basic web application.
Because we cover the full Precourse content, graduates of the SSP program will be eligible to begin the Immersive program immediately after SSP.
Gordon Zhu’s Watch and Code up to and including “Interlude - Data types and comparisons”
If you can work out the sample problem below, you should be in a good place to start SSP.
We kickoff class by making announcements, working through a Toy Problem or live-coding exercises, and covering questions from the previous session. From there, you pick up from where you left off where you will read through documentation on strategy and then work through practice problems where you get to implement the strategy.
A goal of SSP is to move you from proficiency to mastery of basic topics so a good portion of the work will be building muscle memory through a repetition of toy problems.
A syllabus of the program will be provided to enrolled students when the program starts.
There are two types of assessments given in SSP -- self-assessments and a final readiness assessment.
There will be a number of self-assessments given to you throughout the program. The purpose of the self-assessments are to give you more information on how you’re doing in the class. If you feel like you performed well on the assessments, it’s a good sign that you are moving forward well. If you don’t feel confident, it’s a sign that you have to review certain concepts. The responsibility to raise concerns about your progress and to ask for extra direction/support is on the student. There are typically 2 or 3 self assessments through the program and they will be announced no less than 24 hours before they are given.
Final Readiness Assessment
This is the final assessment to let you into the program. It is a gating assessment and could cover any topic in SSP, although it’s typically weighted towards the topics near the end of the program.
The Final Readiness Assessment will be given sometime during the last two weeks of the program and the specific structure of the assessment will be described during that week.
For technical support, we have a structure where we depend on you to ask questions when you get stuck to our Help Desk system. One of our staff members on the Help Desk will then connect with you and help you solve your issue.
For non-technical support, we have a main point of contact for your experience. This point of contact will help you figure out next steps if you feel behind in the course or have other non-technical issues that you need support addressing.
The only difference is the timing of the course. Students who opt for the July 10th option have an additional week to complete the prerequisites, but do not have the “solo week” in the middle to catch up, if behind. If you’ve completed the prerequisites but think there is a chance you will fall behind given the fast pace of SSP, we recommend taking the class on the 3rd, to allow yourself the use of solo week, if needed.
Attendance is extremely important for your success. You will need to attend every class possible. However, we realize schedules are hard to change with such short notice - this is a new program. If you can attend most of the classes, but need to miss one or two, and are willing spend any extra needed time practicing on your own, as well as meet the requirements to enroll, we will consider making some exceptions.
The program will cost $250 up front and the registration deadline is Monday, July 3rd at 9am (Pacific).
If you pass the Final Readiness Assessment and enroll in the Immersive program, you will receive a $250 discount off of your Immersive program.
If you withdraw from the program during the first week (before 07/10) you are eligible for a full refund.
Once you pass the Final Readiness Assessment you will be required to:
Congrats! As part of the program we require that you finish the Prep work again. Completing the work a second time around (with feedback from an instructor when you get stuck) is a great way to make sure you’re 100% ready to start the precourse work in Part 2 of the course.
We start class promptly at 10am, and end at 7pm. Our staff will take lunch from 12:30 to 1:30pm and dinner from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
We use several programs that work in harmony to provide a great remote classroom experience. We will be sending along details on how to connect remotely, and what to have installed on your computer ahead of time.
You will not be able to begin the August cohort. You may re-interview for a later cohort, if eligible. Your $250 will not be refunded past the refund deadline.
A student may be removed from SSP due to inactivity during the course. Your course fee will not be refunded if removed due to inactivity after the refund deadline. Students may be deemed inactive if they:
It depends on the specific scholarship. Please refer to the scholarships page for information regarding our scholarship programs and eligibility requirements. You may also email email@example.com.
You’ll need to take a later round of SSP that targets your start date. In the meantime or as an alternative, we recommend you work through Hack Reactor Prep [Online] Prepare for Any Bootcamp and, if you feel you’ve mastered that material, book a technical interview via the admissions application dashboard.
Once you have completed registration, you will be provided further directions and information.
You will have a spot saved for you in the program.
If you register for SSP after 06/23, a seat in the August cohort is not guaranteed.
If you do not pass, you will not move on to the Immersive at this time, and you will get a chance to re-interview for the next cohort.
Awesome! You’ll receive an email from us shortly with additional information on the course pre-requisites, extra content to help you prepare for Day 1 of SSP, and next steps needed.
You’ll also receive logistical information on how to access the remote course meeting, our Slack team, and other important information no less than a day before class starts. In the meantime, get started on those pre-requisites!
If you have any additional questions that are not answered by this FAQ, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.