After you edit a file, you must save it. The file tab in the text editor of the IDE will indicate if the file has been changed and not saved by putting a yellow dot on the right corner of the tab.
Once you're done editing a file, save it by pressing ⌘+S (Command and S at the same time) on a Mac, or Ctrl+S (Control and S at the same time) on Windows.
Notice how after saving the file, the yellow dot disappears on the tab.
At the bottom right of the IDE you will see a timestamp of when your work was last saved. Your work is being saved to the GitHub account that you connected to Learn. If at any point you want to access your work outside of Learn, go to your GitHub account.
If you save the file yourself, this will update to reflect the time at which you saved. The IDE is also auto saving (to your GitHub account) in the background. When the auto save occurs, the yellow dot on the text editor tab will disappear (even if you didn't manually save), and the timestamp at the bottom right will update. You should stay in the habit of manually saving your work, as having this habit will prepare you for working on a local environment, which will not auto save like the IDE does.
Please note that students who join our free Coding Bootcamp Prep course after September 4th, 2018, will not have to worry about GitHub.com. Your progress will be saved on your Learn.co account. We will teach you more about Github.com and its usability as you join us in our paid programs.