How to master a language inside out?

If you’re a newbie coder and slightly struggling with programming, don’t fret too much! Coding can be slightly taxing at first, especially when you are new to it. But once you make sure that you give it enough time and work, you’ll love it!

So, let’s face it, you want to learn a language, and there are so many ways you can do that, but the question is how can you really master a language? “Master” is a heavy word, but today all those bigwigs are actually looking for expertise coders. Besides, programming can be really stressful if you don’t approach it with a right mindset and attitude.

So, here are 7 ways to master a language inside out:-

1. DON’T DO IT IN ONE NIGHT

The idea of learning a skill overnight is exhilarating, yes! and being so used to those “all nighters” for college examinations can make us think that that’s the only way to study, but NO, trying to cram programming overnight can be a big mistake.

One needs to take it one session at a time, giving every session ample amount of time and using it more practically than mugging up the theory.

2. ENROLL IN A COURSE

Of course! What’s better than enrolling yourself in a course where you have amazing mentors to guide you, newbies like yourself to get along with, and TA’s to assist you through every step. An environment of healthy competition and learning in a group will not only keep you highly motivated, but you’ll also learn at your own pace.

Register for our courses  here!

For all those who are too lazy to get out from their houses(it’s the heat, we don’t blame you!) or people who live too far from our center, we have this awesome option for you, ONLINE COURSES! with amazing features like adaptive learning, individual TA support, and lots more! (A little bit of promotion never killed anyone!)

3. PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!

Well, who doesn’t get a hard time from the semicolon and the brackets?! If you don’t have any prior coding experience, the number of syntax rules in any coding language can make your head go for a spin. The best approach to this is practice, one needs to practice a lot of questions and over a period of time, those silly syntax rules will come naturally to you.

One needs to take practice seriously, solving a lot of questions will definitely build your expertise in the field and your approach to solving questions will develop, turning you into a Code Genin.

4. IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IT, YOU SIMPLY DON’T UNDERSTAND WELL ENOUGH

A very interesting approach to learning anything is the Feynman approach, based on the great physicist Richard Feynman who believed that the best way to grasp something is by breaking it into simpler concepts and teaching it to someone.

Explaining things to someone else will help you analyse your weak areas and will definitely solidify the concepts in your mind. It will help diagnose the weaker niches and compel you to learn things better from a newer angle.

5. JOIN COMPETITIVE PROGRAMMING

One sure wants that edge when they’re learning the language, don’t they?  To get that extra panache in your coding realms, one must start with competitive programming. Competitive programming is a mind sport taking place in particular forum involving participants to program according to provided specifications.

Competitive programming will allow you to code under tight specifications. This will strain you brain to think under constraints, increasing your skills exponentially! Also, coding in an environment of healthy competition will keep you glued to it.

Join the world of competitive programming at CodeZen, Stand out in the leaderboard and win amazing cash prizes!

6. PLAY WITH PROJECTS

Once you’re comfortable with the language, syntax and the concept, it’s time to put those skills in to use! For absolute newbies, think of  a simple game like Tic-Tac-Toe, Othello, to head start with your skills. Building even a small project will not only build your confidence but you’ll know exactly how to apply your newly acquired knowledge actively.

Be creative! Code something that interests you or what you’d actually want to use. Projects will help you retain a lot better and will interest you at a very personal level.

7. DON’T PANIC!

Relax! It’s not you, it’s programming.

Programming can be a little intimidating and it’s okay to struggle with it. The important thing is to keep yourself on track and keep trying. Ask help when you need it, try different resources and keep recalling previous concepts. Give it a little time, and it will surely come your way.

Embrace your bugs and errors. Learn how to debug and avoid them in future. Practicing can help you build confidence, and that will keep you away from stress.

5 reasons why you SHOULD’NT TAKE OUR ONLINE COURSES- Wait, what? :O

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Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world! Your education steers the boat of your life. But what if a high tide helped you sail faster, better and at an unparalleled speed? This goliath tide beats the challenges faced by the traditional classroom education and helps you battle the odds in your way of success. What is it called? Well, oh well ONLINE EDUCATION!
The continuously evolving methodologies of online learning have fueled its expansion immensely. Researches vouch that online education can be just as effective as a classroom education. And so the world of online education began expanding. There are a plethora of online coding courses out there. We at Coding Ninjas are also providing you a hassle-free, adaptive and excelling online courses to help you achieve your codes the panache it deserves. But you SHOULD NOT ENROLL WITH US! Yes, that’s correct. I mean why would you take our courses if you don’t want to experience:
  • An online classroom so good that you would never skip a class.
  • An education so convenient that you don’t even need to step out from your room to attend a class. Leave alone getting late and missing lectures.
  • With trainers so experienced that they’ve conquered Stanford University, IITs, IIITs etc. and have been master craftsmen with years of industry experience at companies like Facebook, Amazon, American Express, Times Internet etc.
Oh, wait, oh wait. I can go on forever like this. But let me give you 5 solid reasons as to why you SHOULDN’T ATTEND our online courses. YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULDN’T!
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1. Because who wants a learning experience so good that it propels you towards success.
Experienced, engaging instructors take you a jetpack joyride in our high-quality video lessons. Needless to mention there are highly engaging study materials, regular tests and one-to-one chat with mentors for doubts. Bonus? A Discussion forum with an interactive and super-talented coding community where you can find your code buddies and throw in your ideas!
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2. Because who needs a course with an Adaptive Technology and unending features.
Our courses are completely adaptive and dynamic in nature. You learn at your own pace and understanding. Our courses are aided with adaptive technology that helps you unlock the next level whenever you clear a base one. This helps you build your fundamentals right and gives you a holistic learning experience.  A steep learning curve all along!
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3. Because we make you practice hard to attain perfection
There will be a sea of problem statements, innumerable study resources and challenges to quench your thirst for problem-solving.   Code directly in the browser with our course assignments, bringing to life what you’ve learned and receive immediate, helpful feedback and code validation. Which ensures credible and secure exam delivery.
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4. Because when you have doubts we are ready to clear ’em off in a jiffy!
Individualized TA sessions for doubt clearing, live webinars to discuss problems, 1-on-1 mentor chats, discussion forums, groups chats…. let’s keep it going.
certified-Coding-Ninjas5.Because who wants an accreditation so strong and authentic that it shouts out your top ninja skills to the world
When you pass the course, you’ll receive a verified certificate that provides a level of comfort to those who may want assurance about the authenticity of your course work. You have a perfect alibi to your stellar coding skills.
Not convinced enough? Ah, I knew it! Well, I knew you were going to do it anyway. Fine, go on, register for our online courses and pave your way to a brighter future! Go, go hurry!
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Types of coders you’ll meet along your road to code!

Coders are the coolest people on earth. Each one comes with his/her own swag and distinct characteristics. In fact, I believe, there should be a dedicated field of sciences just to study them! No kidding, check out and decide for yourself.
Which one are you?
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  • The ‘Jugaad’ innovator: They live by their anthem ‘Get sh*t done!’ They will understand and fix your problems fast. They won’t care about code quality or indentation and will use duct tape if they have to but will always find a fix to the problem. Nevertheless, they actually write good code from time to time and are happy when other people refactor their code – as long as it works. Oh yes, statuary warning: THEY HATE PERFECTIONISTS!.
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  • The Perfectionist: This one can spend days on a task that takes a couple of minutes for Jugaadu guy but the resulting code is impeccable. His logic, codes, and indentations will put you to shame. Trust me, you never want this person to do your code reviews.
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  • The wise sage: He is the wise one with years of experiences in his pocket. He has seen it all and his advice is never to be ignored. He would cost 10X times a newbie but is an asset to the company. In a case of deadlocks, you seek wisdom from this great saint!
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  • The Code Nazi:He/She suffers from a serious case of code OCD and will frown upon your disorganized coding ethics. They won’t stand anything extra or less, just the right amount. They unquestionably prefer tabs over spaces and would have memorized the company’s style formats by heart.
  • Ctrl+C<->Ctrl+V: This copy-paste coders are mostly newbies who code ‘coz it’s cool! Shortcuts to everything is his first love and he would thank his seniors every day for backups and code versioning systems they left behind.
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  • The Coding Ninja: This one is our favorite! An absolute rock star who tries out new editors, frameworks, build tools, programming languages, and keyboards. He has that zest to learn and is really keen on trying out the latest stuff. He strives towards excellence and believes in learning by doing. Such coders are the explorers of technology and creators of the future. The one, we want you to be! Code like a ninja, be a Coding Ninja!!
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Be a code genin!

Codegenin_BLOG1A Genin is an inception rank in a Ninja’s career. A Genin is sincere and completely dedicated to the pursuit of his code. With great perseverance and discipline, a Genin ultimately evolves into a Coding Ninja. The evolution of a Code Genin to a Coding Ninja is an adventurous journey and every new challenge enhances their problem solving abilities as well as levels up the coding skills. Challenges make a Genin’s life interesting and overcoming the challenges is what makes them an ultimate Ninja.

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So how do you become a Code Genin?
You code and code and code! Complete our challenges and tests and make your spot on the leaderboard. Now, what’s a leaderboard? Well, it’s nothing less than your report card. It tells you where you stand among the other Genins. This doesn’t only infuse that competitive spirit in you but also makes you ready for the real time battle of the coders.
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A challenge always comes with a reward
Remember your school days? The first three top rankers of our classes used to win medals and shields for their highly meritorious performances. Similarly, the top three Genins will walk away with hefty cash prizes. More than the cash it’s the honor that you earn among your fellow coding mates making yourself closer to the designation of the Ultimate Coding Ninja.
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How it works
It will be a continuous evaluation process based on the challenges you solve, the problems of the day and other practice question sets. The leaderboard will be published bi-weekly and the top contenders will be chosen based on their performance in the challenges.
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Getting prepped up?
There is no substitute for hard work as they say. Solve as many questions as you can. Complete the challenges, take the tests and viola! Your hard work will definitely pay off.
It’s a fun learning by doing marathon where the winners take it all. What’s interesting about this format is that everybody here is a winner. Why? The spirit of the competition unleashes your full potential and as they say, more challenges = better skills.

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Are you ready to ride this ROAD TO CODE?

Computer Education for children: Recycle Bin is better than Trash Can

Coding-Ninjas_BLOG1Being a Mathematics and Computers enthusiast, I advocate early computer education for children, but being parent to one curious mind and educator to several curious minds, I want them to see what they are doing, why they are doing what they’re doing and where they are heading. I don’t want to serve them building blocks on a platter, instead I want them to choose their blocks judicially and learn to create on their own. They are blessed to be born in a time where technology is a given. What we learnt in our 20s and our parents are still struggling to learn, they are able to decipher in minutes. They are agile, they comprehend problems in their own unique ways and gadgets are their new toys!

Fear lies within

There was a group of 8th grade boys who came to me around 2 years back to learn JAVA for a year-end exam they had to write in 5 days. When asked for their course, they handed me their notebooks with some 20 odd hand-written programs. The questions starting from WAP… and programs starting from public static void main () {…}. And then, right from opening bracket to closing bracket, everything between the lines was learnt by heart, verbatim. There wasn’t any logical differentiation between ‘=’ and ‘==’, or a “,” and ‘;’ or ‘for’ and ‘while’ or ‘do-while’ loops. For all the excuses, there was just one justification “Our Sir told us this way!” There was no excitement or learning in this method.

Those 5 days were like right from scratch to the level they could write programs logically, without mugging up and they did well in the exam. But what happened next was disturbing. I asked them to write their codes on computer because eventually that’s where codes are meant to be written, not on papers. There was 10 minutes silence in the room and 20 minutes persuasion to go back to paper-pen, their hands trembled and finally they convinced me to copy their hand-written codes for that day! I agreed. But when it turned into compile-time and run-time errors and syntax errors to top the list, things got very interesting. Rectifying our own mistakes and learning from them, is a gift we give ourselves. The earlier we learn from it, the better we get and that much farther we can go.

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Discipline is an Art

How beautiful it is to move into kids’ time-space and teach them the way they learn! Let them comprehend that while preparing their 2-minutes Maggie noodles, or their daily chores schedule, they can lead to something big like ALGORITHMS. How messy their noodles could be, or how chaotic their day could be if they skipped or re-ordered any of the steps. SEQUENCE IS IMPORTANT. How being in discipline can produce better algorithms and being smart and punctual can produce OPTIMIZED ALGORITHMS in time & space.

We are part of a vicious cycle

We need to make them observe the fact that our real lives are programmed too, either by ourselves or by nature. Once we start receiving those signals, we start finding PATTERNS in them. Why do their nursery rhymes end with similar rhyming words? Why do their dancing moves repeat the steps, why do they have to follow the same routine everyday and suddenly what happens on Sunday? Why do patterns break? How does the multiplication times table follow certain patterns, how does day and night follow a pattern or for that matter, water-cycle or butterfly-life cycle? When they learn these patterns, they tend to be inquisitive about patterns in general-how do they start and repeat, what is the sequence in each iteration, how many times does it repeat, when does it stop, will it ever stop or not? The answer to each of these questions is astonishing LOOPS. Vicious cycles and efforts to break these loops are the most fascinating part of programming.

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Name is Enough!!

One sunny afternoon, my boy brought a music sheet from school and it read like this :

Verse 1

Yeah, you can be the greatest. You can be the best

You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You can beat the world. You can beat the war

You can talk to God, go banging on his door.

You can throw your hands up. You can beat the clock (yeah)

You can move a mountain. You can break rocks

You can be a master. Don’t wait for luck

Dedicate yourself and your gonna find yourself

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Standing in the hall of fame (yeah) And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)

‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah) And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)

And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame !!!

 Verse 2

You can go the distance You can run the mile

You can walk straight through hell with a smile

You can be the hero You can get the gold

Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke

Yeah, do it for your people Do it for your pride

How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?

Do it for your country Do it for your name, ‘Cause there’s gonna be a day…

CHORUS

Verse 1

CHORUS

Verse 2

CHORUS

Does it ring any bells? Sequence – yes, Patterns – OK, yes! But why Chorus written 4 times above, is just mentioned as CHORUS once and rest it’s just reference other times. Same holds for Verse 1 and 2. How drawing shapes, numbers, alphabets learnt once and you ask them anywhere, anytime, they have same quick response fetched from layers of memories and here is the answer! How this quick response is translated from already fed reference- in other words, FUNCTION CALL! Define once and use the name to refer to it as many times as you want.

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Negotiation: War to Win or Lose or Draw or Mutual Agreement!

Who else can be the best negotiators than kids? Every now and then parents are negotiating on terms and conditions.

If you wake up on time then we will ………………….. else we will …………………..

If you finish your meal on time AND behave well then we will ……………else we will ………………

If you finish homework on time OR if you finish your project on time then we will ……. else we will ……….

And that’s how the story goes. Within these daily negotiation deals, we are making choices, CONDITIONAL choices, which is another building block of programming.

It’s all in-programmed thereafter

Once as a parent and educator you have exposed them to these faculties, their brain starts thinking this way. Introduce them to any programming language be it, C, C++, Java or any other high-level programming language or scripting language, they will master it. Give them real life scenarios, break them into smaller chunks, try to find granular steps and then look for patterns in it for repeating steps, loop them. Try to recall previous already done tasks instead of doing all-over again, prototype them. Life gives us new ways to look at.

Integrating other subjects to computers

Visual learning always has long-term effect. When children can see their times tables are following patterns and can be fed as data-entry in Excel Sheets and apply formulae on them, they see magic. When they can paint their imaginations in Paint or Canva, when they can write their stories or make projects in Word and edit them with crazy editing tools, we open a world of opportunities for them. Most fun is when they want to show off their skills to the world and PowerPoint, Prezi, blogs, websites become their best resorts, let them flaunt. When they pick up TED-Ed talks, YouTube documentaries, or Pinterest for research, let them quench their thirst for knowledge, you’re upbringing an independent learner. Schools are no more monopoly of knowledge, the world of internet when guided judicially, can hone ignited minds.

Computer Education is more than Programming-Coding and Digital Literacy…

While being a computer pro, where my half my day is spent in front of the laptop, I have assigned limited screen-time to my son who is 7 year old. When I see new parents pleasing their children with smart phones, I-pads and tablets, as a substitute for their time, as an excuse of making them tech-pro and boasting about their gadget handling skills without educating them for digital footprints or cyber security, my heart goes off. Science and technology can make or break a child’s future, depending on how you use them.

When I asked my son, why he liked to work on computers, his first reply was that he could edit his mistakes instantly. He could learn, re-learn and unlearn to achieve perfection. And second was that he wanted to save papers. Recycle bin is better than trash can. His future plans are to become animator for Pixar movies because he loves math, drawing and he believes that he can code them for his creations soon!

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The Rise of Superwoman Coders!

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Women all around the world are turning the tables today be it any field. TechGig data shows that young women coders are overtaking men and guess what, they rank higher! The rise of women who code is an undeniably pleasant fact and over the years this has just gotten better. Not to mention, the first programmer was a lady!
She works hard, writes her code well. She’s independent and confident. She’s not the kept but one who does the keeping. Such a diva they are I tell you! Women Coders are just killing it in there.
What can Indian women coders teach the world?
The proportion of women coders in the tech industry is well over 30% in India today. You will be shocked to know that the racers of the Silicon valley have only about 21% of women techies in the org! StackOverflow revealed that Indian women are the highest responders to coding questions on StackOverflow in terms of geography.
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Women coders are excelling at scripting
Research shows that while men are still coding in the comforts of traditional languages, new-age women programmers are challenging the norm by coding in scripting languages as experts.
 
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The researchers at California Polytechnic State University and North Carolina State University saw that the Computer code written by women coders receive higher approval rating than the code written by men. It was also found that women programmers tend to be very calculative and methodical in nature. They are good at analyzing and breaking down a large problem into small parts.
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I’ve personally worked with women who code in India and in the USA and trust me when I say, they are much more organized and methodical than we men. One of my immediate client partners was a syntax and indentation Nazi and I still love the way she writes those codes. Not to mention, her logical and analytical reasoning is impeccable!
Women are the largest reservoir of talent in the world and the world needs to know this. One of the fastest ways of increasing GDP of a country is by getting more and more women into the workforce. We at Coding Ninjas salute the spirit of women coders and extend our best courses for them to harness their coding talents and turn into amazing coders. Let’s build a better, stronger and wiser community of women coders.
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Changing The World With Your Code

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Today most of the aspects of our modern lives are already being powered by software. This, in turn, is governed by code and by people who apply their skills to build a software. Codes play a pivotal role in our daily lives and have an immense impact on the man-machine interaction in our day-to-day lives. Ever since coding began in 1960’s, it has come a long way from having bottom line impact on business and scientific applications to transforming human lives and processes today.

Steve Jobs once said that the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who actually do. And we as coders are inherently crazy! After reading this blog you’ll have all rhymes and reasons to become a coder and bring about the change in the world.

  • A coder can build apps to solve simple problems in our day to day lives. From getting simple tasks like food ordering done to concierge and services, scheduling assistants, e-commerce and what not.
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  • You can redefine the entertainment industry by making cutting edge hi-tech games, apps and streaming channels.


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  • Redefining real world solutions with programming. Facebook/Whatsapp/Twitter which changed the way world connects started with a line of code. From redefining transportation with Uber to Organizing the World within a word called Google has all been made possible by the programmers.

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  • You will build algorithms that analyse data and transform the world. The harnessing of data to power the businesses of today is a story known to all.. As a coder you have a responsibility of demystifying the hidden secrets of data by your code spells. Today the world is going gaga over Bigdata and tera-data and your programs would be the solution to them.

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  • You can write programs to help automate machines. You can make your machine learn and run out of your codes.


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  • You can have the power! With your code you can literally control the man-machine ecosystem around you. Smart homes, drones, self driving cars, robots, Jarvis, Siri and what not. Well, that’s not it; with AI and IOT you can actually help them interact with each other. 

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  • Write programs to help the human and technology. Bionics, prosthetics, genetic sequencing, space and rocket sciences are few of the numerous fields which you can contribute to using just your code. You can build the future and transform the present with your code.


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There are endless possibilities to what you can build out of your code today.

We at Coding Ninjas strive to unleash your coding potential and help you drive transformation in technology and your life. Join us today for a life changing experience of conquering the world by learning to code. Internships, Job offers and prizes galore await your presence. Join us today for an amazing tomorrow. Always remember, a Ninja doesn’t take any shortcuts.

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Ninjas get ready for the ultimate Scholarship test of the year!

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Passion drives our souls but not everyone has the courage and the privileges to walk the roads less taken. But that one push at the right time of your life could give your career a jet-pack to success. That one little push can result in a huge leap in your life. This is where scholarships come in. We at Coding Ninjas are offering Admission & Scholarship Test to motivate, reward and financially assist deserving students.

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To answer this question, let me ask you few questions first.

-Are you truly passionate about coding?

-Have you ever felt that by pursuing your passion, you can change your life for good?

-Are you waiting for that one push to propel your career into the right direction?
If your answers are YES to all then this scholarship test is for you!
How does it work?
Well, we go back to the good old school online tests. The test will be held online on 29th March 2017 at 9 PM and will comprise of aptitude questions. The registration fee for the test is INR 100, which is completely adjustable against the course fee irrespective of scholarship offered.
Rewards?
Jet-set-go for a straight scholarship of up to 50% on our foundation courses to kickstart your coding journey. We’ve got an array of foundation courses to choose from. Full-time immersive education, live and hands-on projects and a 15:1 Mentor ratio makes learning with us a completely transforming and holistic experience. 
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 So, unleash your raging love for code and let the magic happen. Don’t think twice, just hit apply and gift yourself that amazing experience and an All Access Pass to a promising career.
Originality is the essence of true scholarship and creativity the essence of a true scholar!
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Tips for a kickass ninja resume

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“Will my resume make it or not?”
The question that pops up in every candidate’s mind when applying for a job or internship. Call it magic call it true but your resume is what you are for the Hiring Manager who has never met you before. A quick glance of 30secs by the interviewer decides your resume’s fate. It either gets selected or goes to trash!
So how does one make an impact in such short time? 
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Here are some tips and tricks by the eminent hiring professionals who tell what are the elements of a good eye-catching resume.
  • Customize: Today, customization is the key to a successful venture. The same holds true for your resume. Customize your resume to suite the job specifications. Do not blabber about stuff which is of no relevance, highlight the key skills required for the job and how crafty you are with them. Following the same old resume template and forwarding it to every employer doesn’t work. Concentrate on the keywords used in the job description, tailor your resume to be the closest possible fit and voila, you’re there.
  • Best comes first: One should always highlight the most relevant experiences as close to the top as possible.  It should not be halfway down the page, and definitely not somewhere near the bottom. With a blink of an eye, you know the recruiter is looking at the very top of your resume.

 

  • The strategic use of emphasis: Your resume will highlight your key strengths only if they are actually highlighted. Emphasize on the important stuff by the means of bold fonts and underlines. Personally, I advise everybody to use the 3 B Rule (Keep them bold, ❶ bulleted and brief)

 

  • Keep it simple silly: Your resume is a highly professional document, do not dress it up like a birthday card. Use of multiple colors, gaudy texts and backgrounds will only make it worse unless you’re a graphic designer(where you can actually showcase your imaginations). Keep it simple, straightforward and subtle.

 

  • Focus on the relevance: As your experience grows, your resume will become longer. What needs to be kept in mind is that the interviewer is not there to read a theater script, keep the content in resonance with the job description.

 

If you know you’re qualified for a position, your resume should make it easy for a recruiter to find evidence of this. Place everything appropriately, move your strengths to the top, and don’t be afraid to show off in the rest of your resume. Get going, make yourself a Ninja’s resume!

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A Quick Tip For The Young And Ambitious

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Life, like surfing is all about the wave selection and reading waves is a tough skill. If you are looking for the exponential wave to surf for career growth, then read on to unravel the mystery.

Have you ever pursued something difficult that seemed the logical thing to do to step up in your career, and then feeling motivated you went on to tackle the monster all by yourself, only to later find yourself almost crushed? If so, consider enrolling yourself in a mentorship program.

‘There are options in life. It’s not necessary that high achievements can only be garnered by choosing difficult options.’ – Dear Zindagi Movie

Typically, a mentor is an older, more experienced person who works with the mentee, on behalf of the mentee’s best interests and goals. Mentor-mentee relationships can either be formal – organized through a mentoring program or informal – established through connections. Most of the benefits of being mentored are commonly recognized, so here are the big ones as a refresher.

  • Structured learning can save you hours of struggle. The role your skillset will play in your career is pretty straightforward: The better you are at what you do, the more successful you will be.
  • Gain exposure from second-hand experiences. This reminds me of a well said quote by Otto von Bismarck – “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
  • Improve your performance.  We all know how easy it is to get lost in the woods on days of low self-motivation.
  • Build a network and make connections with peers that may otherwise take years to develop.

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Remember not to be fooled by the impression, that the outcome of your career is dependent on the actions and inputs of others. The truth is, you are in charge of the chemical reaction in which the mentor – is merely a catalyst.

Now you are thinking how to go ahead and find a mentor. A great place to start would be your own college, to find a senior who has done what you aspire to do. This Senior might still be in college, or an Alumni whom you know. Don’t stop there, there are other places on the Internet like LinkedIn where you can find people who have been successful and are also ready to help. One place where I actually found Mentorship to strengthen my programming skills was Coding Ninjas(http://www.codingninjas.in/). They have some very good courses with awesome mentors. How do I know? Because, I was also in your shoes once, kudos to Ankush and Kannu Sir for making it worthwhile.

But, the story of surfing the exponential wave doesn’t end here. It’s been said that you never really learn something until you teach it. So, take out some time to work and develop yourself after the mentee phase and once you feel more confident, switch to the mentor phase.

We tend to think about a mentorship program only from the mentee’s perspective but a little pondering will show that the returns from a mentor’s side are great career boosters as well. Few good pointers worth noting, are listed below.

Refresh your knowledge. Mentoring someone can provide a greater perspective and clarity about what you already know.

Hone your leadership, management and communication skills.

Build your credibility and reputation as a role model.

Mentoring does not necessarily mean that you must take out a lot of time from your already hectic schedule. All it means is that you spend quality time with the mentee because every interaction counts.

To wind up I would say, whether you become a mentor or a mentee, it’s a classic win-win situation. Now that the facts are clear, choose a role that brings you a step closer to your goals. Would love to hear your takeaways from the journey in the comments section!