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If you are like me, that is, if you want to learn Java and you are not successful enough with self-study and evening classes, then what can you do? Of course at first you Google for the prices in Holland for a regular “teacher – student”, a class education as you are accustomed to receive at high school...

Cor Van Dijk (Netherlands), OCP, Java SE 6 Programmer (formerly SCJP) 02 Aug to 13 Aug 2011

If you are like me, that is, if you want to learn Java and you are not successful enough with self-study and evening classes, then what can you do? Of course at first you Google for the prices in Holland for a regular “teacher – student”, a class education as you are accustomed to receive at high school. Such an education is expensive and you think it must be cheaper if you calculate: (trainer + housing)/amount of students. But it stays expensive everywhere and I could not find an economic price in Holland. But still I do need/want to have that knowledge and I am not willing to spent that amount of money. What solution is there?

I Googled again and found a possibility which responds to me: a trip to India where I never was before and a possibility to get a 1-on-1 teacher- student training course at Koenig Solutions. Yes, but then come the pros and cons: pros I quit my job some time ago, cons I am married and education still cost money, so one big problem remains; everybody knows education cost money but will my wife agree? I asked her if she wanted to go with me to India, she did not want to but gave me the permission to go. 

My cheapest flight was via London to New Delhi. At the New Delhi airport stood my man from Koenig with a yellow paper “Cor van Dijk” written on it. I was taken to my student room, slept there and the next day followed an eight hours trip by train to Shimla where the housemaster Ravinder picked me up and showed me my room.

Next morning at eight Ravinder walked me up to the training and guided me to the training room where I met my OCP-JP teacher. Meanwhile I had breakfast, got a bottle of water and got registered.

The first conversation with my new teacher contains my motivation for attending his “1-on-1” SCJP class and we made a deal in the way he teaches. Be aware that that’s not the way you feel best taught so that discussion repeated on several occasions during the course. I must complement and thank my trainer in the way he did lead those talks and guided me.

The day pattern in Shimla: Depending on your level of knowledge about Java you can visit Shimla or take a walk at night. My knowledge was poor so I decided to stay at my room and work. You can of course meet the staff of the residence and the other students who never give you the idea of being alone. I liked my stay very much at Koenig Solutions, Shimla and could contact my wife every day with Skype video call and by telephone. So I raised my knowledge of Java to the possible level at a pleasant way.

On the way back to New Delhi I took the bus trip this time, stayed in New Delhi as always accompanied by Koenig people and went back to Holland. My souvenir is the photo after the examination which shows a lucky old man and his teacher. Thanks Koenig, it was a pleasant and useful stay at India.