Over the years that I've been a linux academy student it happened to me several times: a lab server I had been using for a few months (that had my course related files on it) no longer boots up due to a kernel panic. First time that happened to me I tried to fix it and contacted support. Next time it happened to me I had created a backup script that uploaded my contents to a cloud storage in regular intervals (I still lost a few files I had created). Nowadays I download my files right after I have tested them.
WHY IS THIS RELEVANT?: Some students learn better when they change a script the teacher showed in the video so it works for their own needs. For instance if you work in a DevOps role you will be able to come up with pratical use cases for many linux commands or scripts that are shown as part of a course.
WHATS THE BENEFIT FOR LINUXACADEMY?: you will save some money on storage costs for all the ec2 instances
WHATS THE BENEFIT FOR THE STUDENT?: You will have your scripts handy on your local machine, ready for you to be opened and used for your day-to-day work. I also suggest syncing your files using MEGA or dropbox so you have it on multiple devices then