Introducing the Masai Foundation Unit

The Masai Foundation Program is designed to strengthen logical thinking, thereby increasing the student’s competency to learn to program.

Introducing the Masai Foundation Unit

Masai School is an advocate of Skills over Degrees, and we’ve always been a firm believer that skills can be developed through deliberate practice and correct guidance. Our courses are designed to upskill a student and equip them with skills that make them competent Developers. 

We don’t look for degrees or marks, instead, focus on skill-building. Our idea of democratising education is to keep the barriers to entry to the bare minimum and enable as many students to join us, train, and build a career with strong foundations. 

2 years into running Masai School, we realised that out of lakhs of applications that we received, we were able to admit only a few thousand students, and there were a lot of aspirants who were left out, therefore unable to join the Masai ecosystem. 

With that problem statement in mind, we initiated – The Foundation Unit. A uniquely designed 5-week curriculum where we help students build their foundational knowledge, and equip them with the skills needed to get started with the 30-week Full-time Web Development Course. 

On completing this unit, students can build their aptitude to proceed to the First unit of our Full Stack Web Development Course.

4 Components of the Masai Foundation Program – Logical Thinking, Programming, Fundamentals of Maths, & Communication 

Logical Thinking & Programming

Logical thinking is the act of analyzing a situation and coming up with a sensible solution. Similar to critical thinking, logical thinking requires the use of reasoning skills to study a problem objectively, and make rational decisions. 

Programming includes logic. In fact, logic is what allows a program to make decisions and perform calculations. It can trigger an action, repeat a series of steps, or end a process. The ability to write a program that can control output and manipulate data are the hard skills or mechanics of programming. 

A programmer must know how to apply logic to sequence code, write if and else statements, direct events using logical operators, and create formulas. This knowledge is essential.

The Masai Foundation Program is designed to strengthen logical thinking, thereby increasing the student’s competency to learn to program. The students enrolled will learn the basics of programming, and Data Structures with Python as a tool. This is to help them strengthen their existing knowledge, and prepare them for the next 30 weeks that they will experience at Masai. 

Fundamentals of Maths – Since programming and coding require building logic around numbers, mathematics skills are essential for programmers. Without an understanding of certain concepts in mathematics, coders are left without the tools they need to succeed.

Our instructors will train our students on the basics of Mathematics, where-in the students will learn about basic mathematical concepts – Number theory, Functions, Algebra, Statistics, Probability, Set theory, Matrices, etc 

The idea is to help our students develop problem-solving skills by elevating their knowledge in mathematics. 

Communication Skills – The ability to communicate one’s ideas clearly is one of the key traits of a successful professional.

Although we train students to become developers, we focus a lot of our time, and resources on helping our students improve their communication and soft skills that will help them become capable professionals. Skillathon sessions will help the students find the exposure that they need to become successful. 

In fact, many Masai Alumni have shared that their communication skills improved significantly while learning at Masai. 

9-9-6 Military Style learning at Masai

To further augment learning, and instil discipline in our students – We follow military-style training where a student learns, practices and trains from 9 am to 9 pm every day for 6 days a week, and this continues for 7 months. On average a Masai student would spend 1200+ hours writing code, solving 100s of assignments, and working on several projects before they graduate, and get placed as Software Developers. 

Although the students take time to adjust to this intense routine, most of our students and alumni have shared that this has helped them improve their discipline, and ultimately made them much more productive. Therefore their ability to work faster, with improved quality has improved.

5 Level Support System at Masai 

At Masai School, our core focus is to make students disciplined, hard-working, and good problem solvers who can code, communicate their ideas effectively, and contribute towards the growth of the companies they get hired at. 

Therefore in the 30-week curriculum, our students not only learn to code, but alongside work on other skillsets such as their Communication skills, and other Soft skills such that they can emerge as competent professionals. 

With our 5 Level of Support system, we ensure that our students receive all the attention, and support they need to succeed.

Masai's 5 Level support System
Masai’s 5 Level Support System

To summarise 

Masai Foundation program is a launchpad where students train on their fundamentals, explore programming, and prepare themselves for the rest of the Masai curriculum. 

We believe that if grit & determination is there, we can continue to stick to our belief, and train even those students who seem to have lower aptitude as per conventional metrics. During the Foundation Unit, we focus on primarily 2 things – 

Mini projects: Whilst working on Mini Projects, the students experience the power of code and fills them with wonder, and confidence. Therefore, instead of just learning random abstract concepts about Programming – They experience building, which is a great enabler to learn. 

Fear of code: The curriculum is designed in a way such that other than the students’ aptitude improvement, it also helps them get rid of their fear of code. In our experience of running Masai, we realised that even students with high aptitude aren’t able to perform well because they are scared of programming. 

We believe that with the Foundation Unit – You will be better equipped to succeed in the rest of the curriculum and as a  Software Developer. Here’s why – 

  1. Experienced 9-9-6 before others, therefore easier to manage
  2. Foundations of Math, Logic, & Programming are stronger than their counterparts
  3. Familiarity with the Masai ecosystem 

So we hope you’re excited to be a part of the Masai Foundation Program, and we look forward to seeing you in the class.