The great thing about FCC is that a lot of camper wrote up the learning experience up to the point where they got a job, right here on this very topic. Many of them had a structured approach, so you can try mirroring one of them.
I myself struggled with structuring my own learning prior to attending a coding bootcamp. I was not able to hold myself accountable without a certain environment. The reality is that it is achievable without the bootcamp environment, but you need to be a displined individual that is willing to hold yourself accountable.
I can provide you my coding bootcamp experience as a reference structure. This was a Java oriented regiment.
Week 1 : review basic programming concepts. This includes Object Oriented principles, data structures, control structures, error and exception handling, common algorithms and program design pattern.
Week 2: SQL. RDBMS basics, Server set up, AWS RDS set up, SQL syntax, Database design principle, writing complex query.
Week 5: Middleware and backend concepts, Java Servlets, Tomcat servers, Model View Controller pattern. First project due utilizing the technologies covered. New project announced, 4 people team.
Week 6: AWS and DevOps. Jenkins, Docker, Docker Swarm, AWS ELB, AWS S3, AWS EC2 and AWS VPC.
Week 7: Java Frameworks. Hibernate ORM and Spring Framework. Project 2 due utilizing new technology covered and developed with CDCI and deployed on AWS. Project 3 announced, 10 people team.
Week 8 : Spring boot, microservice architecture and concepts. REST and SOAP concepts. Cloud Native concepts. Security concept.
Week 9 : Project 3 due, migrated monolith application to microservice architecture. Business presentation on features implemented. Resume and Interview preparation. Comprehensive interview and quiz on the entire curriculum.
It is a vast amount of topics covered in a relative short time with 3 different project that utilize and demonstrate proficiency in technology and concepts. 6 to 10 hours of coding and studying daily. Meeting weekly goal and passing reviews.
That’s the structure of the bootcamp I attended, but other bootcamps probably have similar structure just different technology and timeframe. You can derive your own using this as a template.
There are plenty of alteratives out there as well. You can find P1xT job ready guide and follow along. You can find the Udacity Nanodegree curriculum and try to complete those projects with or without taking the lesson if you want. You can find a job posting you are interested in, and tailor your learning to the job description.
Ultimately, all the structure in the world won’t do you any good if there isn’t accountability and a stick to it attitude, so find a way to keep yourself on track.
I found during bootcamp that working with other people was a good way to keep myself in line. Knowing the stake is greater than myself was a strong motivating factor. Having competitive peers to hold each other accountable was important as well. Setting achievable goals and short deadlines also helped keep me focused.
Hopefully this was helpful and good luck to you.