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N00bPancakes7661309dI wish I had something that could help, but paragraph 4.... I fear those traits seriously conflict with learning about coding and growing as a developer.
mr-user1358309dAre you sure she is interested in game?
I occasionally have to mentor and it is not easy. For the first meeting I am sure she is nervous to meet with you since you are supposedly to be her "mentor" due to her failing grade. She will be nervous even if she already know you since now there is now a "role" so break an ice to ease her tension.
Ask your brother basic information about his friend, what she like to do and so on. For a first half of a meeting
1) Talk about random thing
2) Talk about her interest (what you got from your brother)
3) Talk about your time in university.
The above 3 thing usually ease their tension now here come the bombs.
4) Talk about random thing about her university life (professor, cafeteria) and so on
5) Talk about her class
when she is talking about her class , notice her speak pattern (if you can) so you can determine what subject make her nervous which give you clue on what to focus on.
mr-user1358309dInsert a joke about programming thing like "Why did array start at 0 and so on." and thing like they always use "i" and "j" in for loop.
The second question about "i" and "j" is to know if she pay attention to know whether it a common pattern or not.
Just be sincere and be helpful (people can pick up on those more than you thin) , and your goal for your first meeting is to let her know that
"You are not an asshole programmer that she should be nervous/afraid around and that you are a person that is willing to help her."
I hope my advise help you. Come back for help if you need more advise. I am sure a lot of people at devrant is happy to help you despite the name of the community.
GhostDev919309dMy 2 cents... This could be more an emotional block, perhaps things don't come as easy to her as to her peers, and that makes her feel mediocre and after failing for a while and having to see others succeed seemingly seamlessly, could be doing some damage to her confidence. I would advise, some reinforcement, and explaining things to her, even if you feel she should already know it. Explain to her how you get to solutions, your tain of thought to a solution, perhaps her approach is off, and she could use a different perspective. It's good for her to see this through, and she shouldn't feel like she cannot do these things, programming and being a good programmer is something that can be learned (unless you are a prodige). Perhaps she just needs someone to pair program with her and emcourage her and explain their thoughts to her, and just give her a confidence boost. Leaving her to code alone might just do more damage, in my limited option and input..
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