How to study for exams faster
Hello sololearners, I'm a computer science student and I'm in third year presently.. Exam timetable came out all of a sudden and my first exam is starting on the 15th of this month month meaning that I have less than 7days to study, my fear now is that we have up to six languages (HTML,CSS,JS,Java, C++, SQL, XML and FORTRAN) to study for exam in less than 7days, Guys pls where should I start, how should I study, what are the key points I need to focus on? Pls help me. 🥺
9/9/2020 1:47:59 PMCyber Nate
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For Java, JS, C++ you don't have to worry much because all the concepts are very similar, knowing one language nicely would easily help you to write answers of other languages topics but you need to remember some syntax apart from these. for html, css focus more on basic topics that would help you to make a very basic webpage. Same applies for fortran and xml. Just relax and chill, getting anxious and nervous will only lead to chaos. Cyber Nate go through past yrs question papers nicely.
Sonic I wouldn't be able to provide much guidance here since I didn't personally major in CS. That said, I am curious about a few things that are unclear about this question. 1. What class are you taking where the 1st test will cover: - HTML / CSS /JS - Java - C++ - SQL - Fortran IS A - XML I'm surprised there's a single class that would cover all of these in a single semester. 2. How are you in your 3rd year as a CS student and need to learn all 8 of these items as if it was the first time? 3. What specifically is your first test covering? 4. Do you have a study guide you can share for closer review?
Cyber Nate University/colleges usually tend to repeat questions from my experience so pick some past years question papers and try to learn them. Anyway, all the best to you.
If I were you, I would not spend my time for something that it is not worth for. It is not possible to learn so many languages within 7 days. Even not the basics. And calm down... no one of the other students will be able to do so. I really hope, I missunderstood your question and there is something u didnt mention. I t would be another case if you were lazy the last months. Then try next year again and learn from the mess.
It's interesting how they added Fortran into the mix.
Maybe do the Sololearn tutorials 😁. I must have 'learned' 6 languages on here but in 4 months, not 7 days.
I'm almost tempted to be on a screen share session to see how well I would manage this test without any prep. 🤣😂🤓
Ore I think we're still on topic. At least with my last response. 😉
rkk David Carroll Frogged Ore Sonic Tamzid Mahmud Ananthu SV Michael Osuya zzy9090 Alexander Thiem Thanks so much guys for your advices, Finally the Exam result is Out, And I had Bs and Cs. Though most of those questions are not related to the past questions, but I answered them based on experience and I'm so happy on seeing the result. I love you guys for keeping my hopes up, you gave me the confidence to face the exam, Thanks so much. Now I have to go and start studying earlier so that I can achieve As in the next exam coming up by December 1st. Now I have the Courage to face and tackle any Exam. ♥️
RKK what a Relief, Thank so much sir, I will try that sir though Html and CSS are nothing to worry about sir.
Hmm. I am also a CS student but maybe my school does not do this form of brutal teaching. 🤥 I don't still believe that this 8 languages can be covered in a single semester or can all be adequately tested in one exam sitting. This languages are supposed to be courses on their own and taught across several semesters. I believe that the exams will either be a test of maybe just 3 of the 8 languages. Or perhaps, the 8 will be tested but will just be about the basics?! In which case, you don't really have much to fear. It's also surprising that you are just encountering this languages in your third year. 🙄 So to answer your questions: "Where should I start": from the basics. I guess "How should I study": It depends on you "key points to focus on": Don't you have a syllabus or course guide?
Oma Falk Ore Due to family issues and so on, I'm attending an Open University, No lectures, no writing, no teaching and so on, we only study handouts/Course Materials which are most times not explanatory but we have no choice than to read it like that and then prepare for exams, same thing applicable to Math courses and due to this im not good in mathematics like before. But during the first and second year was all about some uneccessary stuffs, like basics, flowcharts, pseudocode, Cobol and so on, actually I have 8courses this semester, the first one is; "introduction to web Programming (html, css, js, XML, web application Architecture, Search engines Optimization), second one is; "Computer Laboratory 2(C, C++, Java, SQL, Linux OS, ADA, COBOL), third one "File processing and Management", fourth; " Introduction to Computer Design(Assembly Language, Logic circuit, Microprocessors)" fifth;" Formal Language and Automata Theory(Context-free Languages, Turing machines)" Sixth; " Business Creation and Growth"..
7th" Computer Fundamentals, 8th;" Industrial training and Siwes".. And each handout is within the range of 250 to 400 pages each. It's really tough to study all the whole pages for exam. But I made a promise to push till the end.
Alexander Thiem It really depends on how practical the test questions are. The only language I've had zero exposure to in that list is Fortran. I'm actually surprised it's in this list. That said, I'm professionally proficient in all but C++, which I've only worked with in practice over the years. I'm also not going to be as efficient writing code without an IDE and intellisense. It's one of the tradeoffs, for me, context switching between so many different languages. I'm good for at least 85% without an IDE depending on the language. Without an IDE, I might need to pull up a language reference to refresh any nuanced syntaxes. Otherwise, I may as well be doing pseudo code, which would be straight forward. Ultimately, my greatest strengths would likely be in my inherent ability for reverse engineering solutions, deconstructing problems, logical deduction, and anticipating the why and how things come together. These are the skills that should help anyone on tests or in their careers.
Refer previous year question papers and get all commonly asked questions. For C++, Java, Js all they will ask pretty much same topics . Learn DS if u have to. And html, css you can clear in 2 days All the best bro 👍
Work smarter rather work harder. Since you need to cover marks as much as possible try to solve previous year question. Learning many languages within 7 days is a waste of time.
Ore okay..sounds like 10 languages in one year...
Hmm. Overwhelming!!! I remember my dad studying extra hard too while at a open university. I don't really have much advice since I have never really being in this situation 🤪 TBH, I think you should have started studying earlier. Studying these courses from scratch before Tuesday will be difficult, if not impossible.
David Carroll After my exams, I will be needing your help sir, about Reverse engineering
IMHO your course is pretty badly designed, but that's not your fault. I would have introduced web programming in the first year as not everything you mentioned for first and second year is a prerequisite for web development. Not everything has to be taught in a linear fashion.