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.
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.