Adhyyan1252's blog

By Adhyyan1252, history, 2 months ago, In English,

In the past weeks many people have messaged me asking for help/mentoring in competitive programming. I can't possibly help so many people at the same time but I would like to start an initiative that could be a more efficient way to motivate and teach the new comers.

A few observations I have made over the years:

  • Big groups discourage people from asking simple doubts and group is mostly full of spam.

  • Any group with a large skill difference normally turns toxic and isn't helpful to any party involved.

  • Motivation is the key factor in success and this can be achieved only when you make friends

So here's the idea:

  • Everyone fill up this Google form which collects basic information.

  • I will form groups of 3-4 people who have similar skills and 1 mentor who has a higher skill level. Then each group will form a texting group on Facebook Messenger or wherever they prefer.

  • If a group becomes inactive, one can refill the form and I can try and reallocate them.

Link of Form

Please give any suggestions in the comments. I would also love someone who could help me with this initiative.

UPD: I have made all the groups and have send a batch of emails out. Will send the rest of the emails out as soon as gmail lets me send them.

 
 
 
 
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2 months ago, # |
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Sounds like a thoughtful initiative. Also congrats on IOI silver :)

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3-4 seems very less . if 2 or 3 became inactive it sucks to be alone better keep a limit of 7 or 8.

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    In my experience, 7-8 becomes too much and people become afraid to ask questions. The correct size can only be found by experimenting, so maybe I'll try multiple group sizes. Also if a group does become inactive the active members should fill the form again so I can reallocate them.

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      okk bro

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      Personally, I think 7-8 works, but only if the people in it are willing to make it work.

      For example, the USACO server has many active members, and people either spam on it or ask questions. Those who ask questions and cooperate get a lot out of it (for example, I'm usually able to get a very good answer to a question within minutes).

      Of course, if you choose to spam and utilize your time incorrectly, it will only hurt you.

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      the groups are already inactive(they were never active).How to refill the form?

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Hope enough students and mentors get interested. Would love to be mentored by some experienced people. :)

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I think this would be a great help to all the people preparing for the IOI (including me) but I would suggest making the groups on Telegram as I find it to be a better place to form groups where people need to collaborate.

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When will be groups assigned?

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    People are still signing up, so I'll wait a bit more and then do it.

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      Any tentative cutoff time that u have decided upon?

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        This Sunday, I will make the first set of groups.

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          Did you make it?

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            Indian work ethics...

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            Sorry, been a bit busy. Also I am figuring out how to automate the whole system because more than 250 ppl have signed up. Much more than I expected before.

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Very excited about this initiative ^_^ Most of my friends are inactive in codeforces. At times I wish I had a few people of my level to discuss about the problems that I solve/they solve or get stuck at, share new ideas that I find awesome, nice blogs that I come across or just to stay motivated and not feel like practicing all alone. Thank you very much for trying to make it possible ^_^

I would also love someone who could help me with this initiative

Although I signed up as a member, I'm also up for any help you might need. I don't know if my programming skills are up to par, but I'm available if you need any organizational or management or some other help(as there might be a lot of groups).

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Very excited to be a part of this great initiative, it was the need of the hour. Kudos!

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I am interested to be a part of this group.Congrats for IOI silver

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Auto comment: topic has been updated by Adhyyan1252 (previous revision, new revision, compare).

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I'm in four groups? Isn't this too many?

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I too want to become a part of a group but it seems you are no longer taking responses. :( I really need it

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Is it possible to be part of some group now? It seems Form is not accepting any responses.

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There is no any reaction from my group :(

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You guys can check this out too https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/68926.

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Can you re-open the link? Great initiative

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Hey congrats on IOI silver.

Could you reopen the buddy system form?

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Can you please reopen the form?