Welcome to Codecademy! We’re glad you're here. Whether you’ve recently purchased a Codecademy Pro Student membership or are thinking about signing up, we want to make sure you have everything you need to make the most of it.
We’ll help you decide what to learn, set goals, and find resources to stay motivated.
If you haven’t purchased a membership yet but are planning on it, you can get started here.
Codecademy Pro Student membership features
What makes the Codecademy Pro Student membership different from using Codecademy for free? It’s got all our Pro features built in, including exclusive courses, interactive practice and review, and downloadable materials that you can save for the future.
Learn more about some of the exclusive features and materials available to Pro Student members below.
Skill Paths and Career Paths
Skill Paths and Career Paths are step-by-step roadmaps that take you through what you need to learn a specific skill or get started in a specific career direction. They’ll tell you what to learn and in what order, to make things easy.
Projects & Challenge Projects
Work on real, portfolio-ready guided projects to put what you’re learning to use. When you’re done, take your skills to the next level by completing a Challenge Project. We’ll give you a set of tasks to complete on your own, with minimal instruction. As you learn, we’ll recommend Challenge Projects right on your dashboard.
We’ll quiz you on the material as you make your way through a course or Path. Quizzes will help you retain what you’re learning — plus, they’re a nice way to prove to yourself that you’ve mastered a new skill.
You’ll find a variety of practice exercises on your dashboard that’ll help you review and practice the concepts you’ve recently learned. These include everything from fill-in-the-code exercises to additional quizzes, and more.
As you complete Pro courses, you’ll earn certificates. Share them on your LinkedIn profile or on your resume to prepare for your future job search.
Additional resources for students
In addition to our Pro Student membership, the Codecademy team has been busy collecting our favorite resources for students and making brand new ones. You can find them all in our Student Center, but here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.
To make remote learning feel a little less remote, we’ve launched new Community Chapters. Chapters are local groups designed to help you stay motivated and get to know other learners in your area. Head over to our community to find out more about Chapters or start your own!
During the fall semester, our Curriculum Developers will be hosting a live web series covering the fundamentals of Computer Science. Each week, they’ll be completing a module from our new CS101 Pro Course. Join us for weekly live sessions, streamed to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. Check out the syllabus and learn more on the blog.
In our Student Center, we’ve curated a list of our most popular cheatsheets. Download and save them or print them out and use them as a go-to reference and reminder of everything you’re learning.
And don’t forget the virtual swag!
We’ve also made some free virtual backgrounds to make your Zoom classes a little more festive!
Psst! We’ve also added some non-virtual swag to the Codecademy shop, including hats, tees, and sweats. Check it out here.
Deciding what to learn
Ready to dive in and start learning to code? You may already know what language you want to learn or what Path you want to take. If you do, head over to our catalog to get started.
If you haven’t decided what to learn yet, not to worry! We’ve compiled a few tips and resources to get you pointed in the right direction.
Start with a Career Path
As we mentioned above, Paths are step-by-step roadmaps that take you through what you need to learn a specific skill or get started in a specific career direction.
We’ve got Career Paths for Web Development, Data Science, and Computer Science. The material in these paths can compliment what you’re learning in school and give you a leg up. We’ve heard from students that have taken the Computer Science Career Path in preparation for going back to school to study Computer Science, business and design students taking Web Development to broaden their skillset, and biology, chemistry, and astrophysics majors studying Data Science to better understand data in their research projects.
If you’re still not sure, check out the Career Foundations Career Path. It’ll provide an introduction to the world of programming and the fields of Data Science, Web Development, and Computer Science so you can figure out what path is right for you.
Take the programming personality quiz
We’ve also got a quiz that’ll help you decide what coding language is right for you. It’s like a personality test, but it’ll find the best language and courses for you to start with based on how you think and where your interests lie.
LEARN MORE: Our Curriculum Developers have also put together a collection of suggested courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, sorted by topic. You can click here to check it out.
We know that one of the hardest parts about learning online is staying motivated. That’s why we’re closing this guide out with a few tips and resources related to motivation and learning from home.
- Tips for Staying Motivated While Learning to Code: This article is a compilation of tips from learners just like you in the Codecademy community.
- Tips for Learning From Home: These tips are specifically geared towards helping you find success with learning from home, including setting goals, taking breaks, and finding a community to help you stay accountable.
- Codecademy Student Center: Our Student Center is a hub for all of the resources we’ve put together for students this year. Bookmark it to easily access everything in one place!
- Codecademy Forums and Student Chapters: Don’t forget that the Codecademy community is here for you. Join the conversation with other learners, ask questions, stay connected, and find motivation.
We’re glad you’re here, and we wish you all the best on your learning journey!