The School

Our very first school used live tutors, the very best, the people who literally wrote the book on IT: Doug Comer, Jim McBee, Faraz Shamim, Brian Hill, to name a few. Each student had their own personal expert and master tutor, for every week and every subject; one-to-one with the very best.

Then, we cloned these two-dozen tutors—thousands of tutoring experiences—using exotically sophisticated artificial intelligence, to create a computer system that works with each student the same way the very best tutors would. We call this technology the Digital Tutor. It lets every student sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of a Doug, Jim and Brian—while they’re watching your work, asking you questions, responding to your answers. This is close to science fiction, but it‘s real. To see another example of what is just now becoming possible, look at Watson, the IBM system that beat the best Jeopardy champions. Watson was created to be the very best contestant; we have created the very best learning environment.

The experience is also hands-on, learning by doing—with the Digital Tutor responsible for keeping you challenged, but never too challenged. Early on, you’ll tackle problems you can solve in a few minutes. In a few months, you’ll be tackling problems that will take you hours, where you will begin, without any idea of the answer—but have the confidence to know you will find it. This school is very different—focused on making you both very competent and very confident. It’s also about getting you years of experience in months—with every student succeeding as our ultimate goal.

The Digital Tutor teaches you the essence of the field, the hard ideas, makes sure you understand, and builds your learning and reasoning skills. You also become part of a small team working under a Senior Systems Engineer, whose responsibility is to keep you working on the essential hard problems that define a career. So that at the end of the day, when someone asks you a question, you can often say “yes, I remember when I had to tackle a problem like that…”.

The schedule is intense—learning at this pace is hard work. To become an expert in five months, you need to be totally immersed in this program, thinking about IT morning, noon and night. You should not be surprised if you wake in the middle of the night with a revelation, or ask if you can come in on the weekend to try a new idea. Those who do best are determined to succeed. It has little to do with your past experiences or what has come before—it has all to do with where you want to go, and your determination to get there. And, we are with you every step of the way.

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