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locatebliss asked
heya! I came across your APCS post and I'm in that class and I failing miserably!!!:( any tips on how to improve my test scores? I'm using Java and well the cay hortsmann 4th edition book:( which is so outdated!! anything at all you can help me on or online resources or just about anything would be SOO much help!!! thanks!!'n☺️☺️❤️

ooookay so I have no idea how you found that because that was from like 3 years ago??? but here goes

1. I’m going to assume your experience with programming is minimal-to-nonexistent. If that’s not true I don’t reallllllly know how to help you because my issue with the class was “oh god I’ve never encountered these concepts before how do I dealllllll”.

2. Given that, your first step is to chill out. It is SEPTEMBER. You have been at this for I assume no more than ~a month. The learning curve for programming, especially if it’s taught poorly, is hilariously steep. And honestly there is no GOOD way to teach programming besides “let the student beat their head against it for awhile and provide specific guidance to whatever they’re not doing right” because it’s largely an intuitive process.

3. There are a couple different sorts of problems you could be having, and without more specific knowledge of what’s going on with you I’ll just give some brief pointers for all of them:

  • Having trouble figuring out the logic of coding? (“when should I use a for loop vs. a while loop? why is this variable changing when I do something to that other one?”) use something like codeacademy to practice - they look to be more oriented towards web programming but I think they have some java tutorials too, and anyway you can frequently extrapolate simple tutorials in javascript or python to java - just figure out what the tutorial wants you to do and try to implement it in java. The quirks of different languages are occasionally tricky, but the fundamental logic is pretty much the same.
  • Having trouble with specific Java syntax? there’s not a ton I can tell you because java is incredibly bitchy - basically the only way to get a solid grasp on it is going to be poking at code on your own time until you get a feel for it.
  • Having issues with APCS-style problems that aren’t directly related to your ability to code? That also sucks and isn’t something I can help you with that much, because it’s more an issue of “how do I study for this” than one of content. The answer is probably “whatever your preferred study method is for rote memorization”

Also, if you’re sufficiently mathematically-inclined that it’s a programming challenge and not a “oh god what is this asking me to do I don’t understand halllllp” sort of thing (which would be…counterproductive), you should check out Project Euler. It’s a site with a series of mathematical puzzles, and trying to write code to solve them is a good way to practice your java skills. Plus, if you google “project euler solutions java” you can compare what you’re doing to stuff other people have done and maybe pick up some tips that way.

ALSO ALSO: here’s a link to the textbook my class used. I don’t remember it being particularly terrible or amazing, but it’s free and appears to have been last updated in 2012 and at the very least will probably provide some /different/ insight for you and that’s always nice.

Hope that helps (like I said, it’s been awhile), and if you have any more specific questions I guess feel free to ask???

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