Learning to program can be challenging, especially if you’re learning in a void. Support from a community of fellow learners can be crucial to overcoming the valleys and plateaus you encounter on your journey to Python mastery.

That’s why we’re launching the Real Python Office Hours.

Office Hours is a weekly, video-based online hangout with experts from the Real Python team and other community members where you can get help and discuss your Python questions.

The Real Python Office Hours is the perfect place to:

  • Get help with Python-related questions
  • Meet other Pythonistas and share your learning progress
  • Learn about new and trending topics in the community
  • Get feedback and tips on your Python code and projects

Sound interesting? Here are some of the top reasons to join the Real Python Office Hours.

When you learn to code from in-person classes, such as from a university or a boot camp, you benefit from live interactions with professors and fellow students. If you have a question, then you can raise your hand and get help on it almost immediately.

If you’re teaching yourself to code, then you don’t have easy access to this kind of live help. That’s where Office Hours comes in! Join us weekly to get your questions answered by Python experts:

Get your code reviewed, bring in a sample project for feedback, ask for help on an error you’ve seen—no question is too basic! Office Hours is a supportive environment that encourages Pythonistas of all levels to interact and help each other.

Let’s face it: learning to code is hard. When you’re first starting, there’s tons of jargon to learn, concepts to understand, and hurdles to leap over. It can be overwhelming to face it all by yourself.

Office Hours provides a supportive space for you to ask questions and get advice from folks who know what you’re going through. Don’t have a technical problem but need help deciding where to go next? That’s a great topic to discuss at Office Hours.

Here’s what Real Python members are saying about Office Hours:

About once a month, Office Hours hosts Real Python authors and video course instructors to come and discuss their latest articles and courses. They talk about the process of creating their content and answer questions from Real Python members.

You get access to subject matter experts as well as a peek behind the scenes of some of your favorite Real Python content. For example, Real Python team members Geir-Arne Hjelle and Christopher Trudeau were on a recent call to answer questions about the Python 3.9 launch.

One of the best things about the university or boot camp experience is making lasting relationships with like-minded people. Those relationships bring personal fulfillment and lead to business and job opportunities in the future.

When you’re learning to code on your own, you miss out on these opportunities. Office Hours is a great way to meet fellow Pythonistas and start building those relationships.

In addition to our weekly video meeting, Real Python has an Office Hours Slack channel (#office-hours) in our members-only Slack community. You can continue conversations in Slack and interact with other participants throughout the week.

Office Hours gives you a chance to supercharge your Python learning!

In Office Hours you’ll get to:

  • Keep up with Python news and updates
  • Discover new Python modules and packages
  • See alternative solutions to problems
  • Learn more about what’s available on Real Python

We talk about everything from how to work with files to building machine learning pipelines. You’re bound to learn something new each week!