Encourage students to ask their peers for a fresh set of eyes to help them find small, tedious errors and hidden bugs.

  • Non-technical peers are the best, as a lot of programming is done for non-technical users.
  • When working alone, students might skip over programming the complex stuff.
  • There will always be another person to come by with a fresh set of eyes to help you find small errors.
  • It’s easy to make something pretty but when you get past the Demo stage, that’s when things get interesting and complicated.
  • Encouraging students to introduce their code to other people will raise questions, reveal bugs, and push students to grapple with complex programming problems.
    • When other people are interested and holding the students accountable, students can’t be too lazy to see a feature to completion.
  • It’s always great to see the faces of students when they discover their bug was a small error.
    • It’s a great learning lesson to pay attention to the small details.
    • Having other students perform this task for each other results in more students looking for the small details and supports a collaborative environment.

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