Set up the home study lab on your PC

Get your labs on your laptop up and running 3 min

Have you been finding it difficult to work around your decagon labs and installing node.js on your laptop? It is actually easy. Follow along to see how to do that.


After you apply for the decagon institute, you will get some email with links on where to download labs and some information concerning your application. The lab is just a basic JavaScript which tests your knowledge of the home study you were expected to have finished studying.

If you haven’t studied the home study yet and you are not comfortable with the basics of programming which involves the HTML, CSS and JavaScript, you should start with that first.

Go to the following links to test your skills on the above topics

  1. HTML Quiz part 1
  2. HTML Quiz part 2


Follow me carefully as we install the necessary things that would enable us to run the home study

Step 1

Click on the link that would direct you to the google drive where the labs are located. You should be able to see something similar to the image below.

Click on the homestudyLabs and you would see a dropdown with some links. Click on the download link and a zip file containing the necessary folders and files will be downloaded.

After the zip file has been downloaded, unzip it and move to the next step.

Step 2

Install node.js

Go to Node.js and download node.js for your PC.

If you are having issues or in doubt of how to download node.js, follow the tutorial on this website to learn how to download and install node on your system.

After installing node.js, you should have downloaded npm with it. So check whether it installed correctly by opening your command prompt (search cmd on your computer)

type npm -v and check to see what it would show you. Type node -v as well and your command prompt should show you something similar to the image below

With that completed, move to the next step

Step 3

Download vscode or the editor of your choice. Google vscode if you do not have it installed and set up yet. You can find helpful guides on how to download vscode on the internet… google

Locate the unzipped Homestudy folder and right-click just like in the image below. You would see an option to open your folder with code.


If you cannot find this option, it is probably because you didn’t enable it when you were installing the Vscode but there are many ways to open a folder on vscode.

  1. You can drag the folder into the vscode program to open it

2. You can open the vscode program, click on the file on top of the toolbar and click the open folder option

Step 4

After you have opened the folder on your vscode, you should see them shown like this in your vscode

Then click on the terminal on the toolbar to open a terminal or click ctrl + shift + ` to open it.

When the terminal is open, type pwd to confirm you are on the correct directory or folder.

confirm you are on the home study labs folder else use cd / to navigate your way to the Homestudy directory

When you confirm your directory, type npm install to begin installing dependencies.

It would take very little time and you should see something similar to the image below to confirm that your packages are downloaded completely.

Now, you should see node_modules among your folders on vscode and with that, you are good to go.

Step 5

Open the lab you want to solve, for example, canBalance. Note: Do not open the canBalanceSolution.test.js because any tamper with that would affect your code as the tests might begin to fail.


Now you know how to set up your labs. Go ahead and solve them. Goodluck.

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Nnaji Victor


DecaDev, Full-stack developer in training, Gamer, Techie and weirdly cool. I love writing new stuffs that I just discovered and playing around on the net. Check my socials or email me.

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