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study process: coding vs mock exams

 
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Hi all,

In your opinion, which topics require more coding effort to prepare for the exam ? I'm about to finish chap. 2 of Sierra & bates and so far, only Enums made me want to concretely practice.

I guess I tend to rely more on mock exams for better preparation. I must say I'm an intermediate java programmer and I've been developing software for 10 years now. I guess it must make a difference compared to say, a new programmer trying to tackle SCJP.
 
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Almost all the topics require some coding practice so that you get used to java. There were some topics that I did not pay much attention to like Locale and DateFormat. Thats not to say these are not used in the work place. I found that I could answer questions about them without having to code too much in that area
 
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Hi ranchers,

I think, it is not a good idea to do too many mocks in the beginning.
Because if you do them too often, you "spoil" them. You'll begin to memorize the right answers because you recognize variable or method names rather than really know why you give the correct answers.
Perhaps make up a heap of flip charts with question on front and the answer on the back side. Use names like "A", "B", "C" for classes and "method", "foo" or alike for method to reduce the probability that you are actually learning the identifier names.
Do a lot coding experiments and make some notes.
Try to answer the questions that apper in this forum.

When you're think, your done with a topic (and you think you may pass) do the mock to find out what's still missing.
A mock that can hardly be spoiled is the one-question-a-day of Marcus Green: http://www.examulator.com/phezam/question.php
So start your day with this.

Yours,
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