Awareness Camps

We offer awareness sessions on specific topics once in a while:
  1. Using a computer like a software professional rather than a consumer
  2. Discovering and using open course-ware from universities like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UIUC, and CMU
  3. English vocabulary and usage
If you are ready to get started in a specific direction, view available RoadMaps.

Low quality of education in engineering colleges has been a hot topic in the news.

Education is not limited to college campus or syllabus.  A lot of resources are available literally at your doorstep in your mother tongue. What are you learning from them?  As an example, all the leading newspapers provide 'Education/Career' pages in print versions at your doorstep and also provide on-line information and links.  Here are some general links -

Here are some specific links in Telugu -

If your ultimate goal is to look for career opportunities globally, you should have good communication skills in English.  Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies provide employment if you can speak to anyone clearly in English over the phone with some tele-prompting.  Eenadu has been providing spoken English material for years.  Sakshi has inspiring articles in Telugu written by Mr. A. V. Rajamouli, IAS.

Our goal is to raise awareness about free resources available globally, how you can make use of them while you are in school or college and provide them locally in case such distribution is allowed (GPL/CC licensing).  Even if a given resource (e.g. a well written book) is not available for free, we may recommend it if it is used for generations to learn a given skill the best possible way.  In the awareness sessions we would present some of these materials and how effective they are.

Long term GRE Preparation

posted 26 Oct 2013, 05:39 by Learn Create Yourself

In non-metro areas, we see too many students with low GPA (below 6.8 out of 10) and backlogs attempting GRE with minimal preparation (less than 30 days of effort with weak skills in secondary school mathematics and English). 

The end result is a score less than 300 (i.e. not even 50% points).  Some students are able to manage scores above 300.  However there are very few students who are able to target above 310 and get scores in the range of 315 - 320.

Admission process for MS in USA is highly competitive in good universities.  If students go to below average universities the value of degree is limited.  Long term preparation for developing the required quantitative and verbal reasoning skills is necessary not only for good scores in GRE but also for academic success in MS and professional success in career.

To guide students with clear goals to achieve their target scores we launched a long term preparation plan.  Join us to plan your admission process for Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

Learn Programming; Fun & Easy Way

posted 24 Jun 2013, 08:24 by Learn Create Yourself   [ updated 27 Jun 2013, 04:24 ]

It's almost a year since we launched this website.  The world may have changed but it's not visible in local attitudes.  Same old; same old ...

The good news is that the number of high quality online educational resources is on the rise.  2012 was the year of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).  MOOC offerings are on the rise with more competing platforms (edX, Coursera, Venture-lab, Udacity etc.) showing up to serve global audience.  Some of them even offer college credit (for a price).

Getting back to our locality, the news is still grim in terms of purposeful education.  "Poor English, computer skills make graduates unemployable" - Times of India. 

Our notes from last year is still valid and you may want to read through that in the post below.

If you would like to memorize 20 line C programs for the sake of passing the first year engineering exam you can go through the class notes.  If you would rather learn how to program but you are confused about the details, we suggest that you learn how to program using a visual programming language initially.  You can switch over to C or Java later depending on what is required by the college / university you join.

Scratch is one option.  CS10: The Beauty and Joy of Computing is an undergrad course from University of California at Berkeley that you can follow online.    When you finish your second year of engineering, you should be comfortable with every idea presented in this NPTEL 'Programming and Data Structures' course.

If you want general orientation or specific guidance to start on the right foot contact us.

New Engineering Students

posted 20 Aug 2012, 21:35 by Learn Create Yourself   [ updated 24 Oct 2012, 07:15 ]

Congratulations! You decided to join an engineering college.  ALL THE BEST.  Hopefully you will be done with counseling in few short weeks and you will be on a college campus by mid September.

We are conducting awareness sessions on 'Computer Usage & Open Course Ware' for prospective engineering students that you may want to attend to realize the benefits of free online courses.  If you are waiting to join a college to learn some subjects we would like to show you that you can get started even before you join a college and see what interests you.

While you are busy with counseling, we would like to share some realistic scenarios related to engineering degree.  Yes, institutions and their reputation still matter.  However you need to be clear on how they matter.  Campus placements are only part of early career options and there are questions around some placement schemes.   If you are eager to learn, your branch in engineering does not matter.  You will succeed and there are enough opportunities in every field.

Irrespective of the branch you take in engineering, majority of the students are entering the computer software industry.  Cloud computing (including virtualization and software as a service) and applications for mobile phone are couple of the fastest growing sectors.  Most of the new jobs will be created in these sectors.  Domain knowledge is ignored these days in the early days of career.  If you have knowledge about a specific domain, say civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering, and you have computer software development knowledge on top of that core engineering skill set, you will have better career options in future.

Our awareness sessions are about Computer Usage - specifically how any student can use free/open software to learn on their own using Open Course Ware - high quality courses from the best universities in the world including our own IITs.  The IIITs in Andhra Pradesh are founded on some of these principles where every student is given a laptop and they are expected to learn on their own most of the time.

To learn more browse the roadmaps section on this site.  If you would like to see live demonstration of free software and course material along with general tips on how you can improve your skills (including English vocabulary and usage) please sign up for one of the awareness sessions offered in Eluru town (click on the date below for the form to sign up  or  request for a special group session if you can gather 10 students who are interested).

Date: 30th August 2012
Location: ELURU, West Godavari



Use GNU/Linux

posted 14 Aug 2012, 07:34 by Learn Create Yourself   [ updated 14 Aug 2012, 07:36 ]

We highly recommend the use of GNU/Linux if you are an engineering or degree student (irrespective of your core area) hoping to enter the software industry.  Options:
  • Knoppix 7.0.2 on a USB Stick (pen drive) - 8GB or larger.
  • Fedora 17 Scientific KDE natively or in a virtual machine if you cannot give up MS Windows.

If you need guidance, plan to attend one of our awareness camps coming soon.

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