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Scratch FAQ's

Q: What are the pre-requisites for the course?


Well, as long as your child is at least 8 years old and curious, she/he will most likely thoroughly enjoy learning Scratch.




Q: Where can I find out more about Scratch itself?


Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. The MIT Scratch website here has a lot of information and resources about Scratch. There's also a page for parents.





Python FAQ's

Q: I get coding. What is Python?


Python is a text based programming language that is widely used today in the most successful tech companies such as Google, Netflix and Facebook. In fact, YouTube and Instagram have been written in Python. ​​ While there are many other programming languages such as Java, C and C++, Python is probably the easiest to pick up and yet among the most powerful.




Q: What are the pre-requisites for the Python course?


Not much, apart from being curious. And oh, did we tell you that you really don't have to be a genius to learn how to code. Especially in Python.




Q: I already know C/C++/Java. Is the Python course relevant for me?


Absolutely. You will learn how to code in Python and appreciate how powerful it is. It's a great tool to have in your arsenal. Having said that, if you are already a Java/C/C++ expert, then you should really join our highly-tailored weekly Python classes, instead of our camps.




Q: Do I need to know Scratch? I already know Scratch


Scratch is not a requirement, but if you already know Scratch, you will absolutely love Python and its power. A text based programming language such as Python is the logical next step from Scratch.




Q: Should I rather start with Scratch?


Different students have different learning styles. Scratch is a visual programming language designed to teach kids how to code, so it might be more suitable for you. Once you have learned Scratch, you can always move on to Python, which is used more widely and not just as an educational tool. Of course, if you are already 13 years old, you might want to start with Python directly.





General FAQ's

I want to know more. How can I get in touch?


We will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to call us at +44-75398-90926 or email us at learn@rivalearning.com or simply leave a message here.




There's Scratch, there's Python, Java, Web development, Robotics, Mobile App Development and a myriad of other coding courses out there? How do I choose where my child should start?


Scratch has been designed (at MIT) to teach kids how to code in a fun and interactive way. If your child is just about starting on his/her computing journey, or is a visual learner or if you are in doubt, Scratch is the perfect place to start. Once your child learns Scratch, a text based programming language such as Python is a natural (and great) next step. Of course, you can directly jump to Python if you are already a teenager.




How many students would you have in each class?


We aim for 5-6 students per teacher to maximise learning through collaboration with peers and personal attention from the teacher.




Do you have a Java course?


Not yet and at the moment, it's not in the works either. That's not to say Java is not fun. Python, in our opinion, is superior in many ways, more current, easier-to-learn and our language of choice.




How do remote sessions work?


There will be a dedicated teacher for each session, teaching you live, with no more than 5 other students. The sessions are delivered via video conferencing, where all of you can share your screen and video at the same time. That makes it feel more like a classroom than a distant phone call.





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