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Networking is the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Most times, networking often occurs when common ground is found between two parties. Professionals use networking to find people with similar interests, find out about job opportunities, and increase their awareness and trends in their fields. Business owners may network to develop relationships with people and companies they may do business with in the future.

Networking is about sharing, not taking. The people you are connecting with should also benefit from connecting with you.

Why is Networking important?

Networking can be a means to get…

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Four weeks ago, I was in a virtual meeting where the speaker talked about Progress tracking. It was a very enlightening session and I have been monitoring my progress since then.

In many ways, this has boosted my productivity rate in the sense that I feel encouraged when I look at the journal where I have my goals written down and I see that I am a step closer to achieving all my goals. Here’s how I monitor my progress; I write down big goals as a heading and divide these big goals into small goals that contribute towards realizing…

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Bias is the tendency to lean in a certain direction when making a decision. Bias can mean to be in favor of or against something, an idea or even a person. To be bias means not being neutral when making a decision or when expressing an opinion.

Bias can affect ones decision making ability even without the person’s knowledge. Some of the types of bias I am a victim of and how I plan to avoid them are;

  1. Anchoring Bias

Anchoring bias is when you rely too heavily on the first information you receive. This makes you to take all…

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Lists, Sets and Tuples are data structures in python. They store values (like strings, numbers, even other lists, sets and tuples!). Their values are comma separated and enclosed in brackets.


  1. Perhaps the most popular difference is the type of brackets each data structure uses. Lists use square brackets, Sets use curly brackets and Tuples use the familiar round brackets.
>>> myList = [1, 2, 3]
>>> type(myList)
<class 'list'>
>>> myTuple = (1, 2, 3)
>>> type(myTuple)
<class 'tuple'>
>>> mySet = {1, 2, 3}
>>> type(mySet)
<class 'set'>

The type function tells the class of the argument passed into…

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Dictionaries are data structures that store data in key-value pairs. Unlike lists, tuples or sets that store only a value, a dictionary needs two values, a key and a value. It is written as key: value. The value can be printed out by calling the key name.

>>> fruits = {'apple': 'red', 'banana': 'green', 'cherry': 'red'}
>>> type(fruits)
<class 'dict'>
>>> fruits['apple']

Summary on Python Dictionaries

  1. Dictionaries are enclosed in curly brackets {}. An empty dictionary can be created by using the function dict() or just the curly brackets.
>>> dict1 = {'a': 'apple', 'b': 'ball', 'c': 'cat'}
>>> type(dict1)
<class 'dict'>
>>> dict2 = {}

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The third week of my scholarship at GemMine had Aravindhan Anbazhagan, Founder of EduRiseGlobal, TEDx Speaker, and IEEE Volunteer speak to us on the topic, Public Speaking.

It was a very interactive session, He used cardboards to demonstrate and pass his point across. He defined public speaking as the art of communicating effectively and sharing your ideas with an audience. Stressing on “communicating effectively” in the sense that a speaker must ensure that his audience is getting the information that he/she is passing across.

Public Speaking comprises of:

  1. Speaker.

There has to be a speaker for public speaking to take…

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Python’s ‘==’ and ‘is’ are commonly thought of as equality operators. While this may look correct, it is not exactly true. The ‘is’ is actually an identity keyword. The ‘==’ operator is used when determining whether two variables store the same value while the ‘is’ keyword determines whether two variables store the same value in a computer’s memory.

In my previous medium post about python variables, I described a variable as a box that a value is stored inside of. This doesn’t really explain what happens😶. It turns out that python has assigned different values already to specific places in…

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A session on critical thinking was hosted by GemMine and the speaker was Mr. Japhet Dewe Isaac, a data analyst at Data Mall. Here are my takeaways on the topic:

Critical thinking is the careful evaluation and judgement of something. It can be making a decision to choose between two or more things. Critical thinking is a skill that if mastered, can be applied in our everyday lives. It could be deciding whether to take fruits or junk food, which exercise to do, whether to take an online course, etc. …

A variable is simply a place in a computer’s memory that is named i.e. the variable name, and contains some information. A variable could be thought of as a box where we can put or store different types of things inside. Variables can be created and edited as much as we need in the course of performing our tasks and these variables return the value or values stored inside of it when it is called upon.

There are rules guiding naming of variables in python programming language. These rules must be adhered to when naming variables to avoid causing errors…

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A virtual meeting was conducted via Google meet by the Founder of GemMine, Daniel Sumah. The topic up for discussion was on Progress tracking and summarized below are my take home points on this topic:

What is Progress Tracking?

Progress tracking is simply defined as following through with processes that have been laid out in order to check for improvement when undertaking a project or some other work.

Why should we track progress?

There are various reasons for tracking progress. Some of these are:

Following the right procedures

Progress tracking ensures that valuable time is not wasted on things that are not of relevance to the goal being pursued…

Nwani Ugonna Stanley

Aspiring Data Scientist, Tech lover, Student

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