Anurag Bhatt wrote:What was your overall score and what were the individual sectional scores? That would give you an idea what you need to focus on.
Prithvi Sehgal wrote:sens senses, change your first name and last to your real name. No fake names are allowed on java ranch.
It is against the Java-Ranch policy.
Larry Chung wrote:First, congrats for the courage to come to this forum to share your disappointment with the exam result.
Second, the situation may not be that bad. I also had only 30 days to prepare for the exam and I passed. There many things that you can do between now and April 30.
1. Be sure that you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. You will not be able to prepare well without adequate rest.
2. Visit this forum every day and read and/or answer the Java questions that are raised by members.
3. Use the SCJP Study Guide by Sierra and Bates. Read the "Exam Watch" and "Two-minute drills" everyday.
4. Some people will say concentrate on your strongest topics. In your case its Flow Control. I say work on your weakest topics.
5. Download a copy of ExamLab or try any other SCJP mock exams. Try to complete the exams in less than the allotted time (3 hours).
6. Ask questions for clarification on this forum.
Larry Chung wrote:Carrie,
If you are raising small children then I really admire your courage. I have large children (they are in college) and so I had a little more personal time to prepare for the SCJP. Remember that your children come first, you will have them forever. Java will be some day be gone and be replaced by something else.
Larry Chung wrote:
In your special case of being a full-time mother with a full-time paid job, let me adjust my suggestions.
1. Starting tonight, read at least one "Exam Watch" and/or one "Two-minute drill" every night before going to bed. Do whatever you can fit into one hour time.
2. During breaks in the workday, take quick glances at "Exam Watch" or whatever else SCJP tips you have.
3. Starting tonight, decide on what two days of the week when you can devote 3 hours to complete a mock exam. Those days must be three days apart.
For example, if you can work on an exam on Sunday then spend the next three days to study the answers, especially for the ones you got wrong. Then do another mock exam and repeat the studying.
4. Use your practice with mock exams to train you to eventually finish the SCJP exam in 2.5 hours. Speed and efficiency is important to attain. Therefore, don't worry if you are interrupted for a few minutes to take care of your kids during your mock exam. In the real exam, there will be interruptions too, such as going to the bathroom, getting a drink of water or sudden loud noises in the exam area.
5. Take any interesting Java code from the mock exams, this JavaRanch forum, or K&B's book to compile and run in an IDE. "Interesting Java code" are related to your weak exam topics.
added: Of course, try to read the chapters in K&B book by picking and choosing the chapters that are most interesting to you.
added: Run the interesting Java code in debug mode and watch the variable values change if the mock exam answer explanations do not help with understanding the code.
Prithvi Sehgal wrote:Best of luck Carrie,
carrie chow wrote:I am really thankful to you Larry for taking time out and giving me extremely useful advices. Above all you thought of the scenario of my daily routine! Well I do not have kids but have other family members who are grown ups....
So usual household tasks are there... and the office work i need to bring at home too, since there are deadlines to meet.
Larry Chung wrote:
If all the family members are grownups then announce to them that for the month of April you need to prepare for a very important examination.
Larry Chung wrote:
If you don't think they will accommodate you for just one month then just grab whatever time you can get to devote to SCJP preparation.
Prithvi Sehgal wrote:Hello Carrie,
I think so Larry is making much sense here. Studying doesn't mean all the time wrapping up the stuff from materials.
You can just go through some fundamentals in the mind and review them and seek help by telling you family that you
just need a month to prepare for your exam. They must be understanding enough to help you out.
Prithvi Sehgal wrote:
This is just to tell you, those 2+ years i didn't touch even java. But after recovering still was thinking something about being a programmer
in my head and it pushed me to appear for SCJP. Though still preparing and speed is slow, but hopefully i will complete it. So just a suggestion
to you, don't lose hope, don't be hard on yourself. Do as much as your time permits but keep some revisions in the head and go ahead with
Strong desire, and believe me you will succeed.