The best thing about my partner from this week was his dedication to making sure I understood each exercise’s concept. This was also the most exhausting thing about him! I couldn’t keep up. I couldn’t read and process each exercise’s directions fast enough let alone understand what our code was doing.
I became great at faking it: “Ohhhhhhh. I see. So then…[insert random terms used during the lesson], right?”
I really respect his patience and dedication to me. But it was becoming clear that pair programming wasn’t matching my learning style. Even worse, it was becoming clear that I was in the “slow” group.