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How to study with your book?

 
Kamil Hlubek
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Hello people,

How would you ( Edward Finegan and/or Robert Liguori ) work with your book if you would study for the OCAJP 8 exam?

I ask it, because I am sure that the authors of such books should know the best way, how to study with their own books.

Thank you for your answers,

Kamil
 
Roel De Nijs
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Kamil Hlubek wrote:How would you ( Edward Finegan and/or Robert Liguori ) work with your book if you would study for the OCAJP 8 exam?

I am not one of the authors, but I have a little bit of experience with preparing for a certification exam So I share how I prepared for my first 2-3 certification exams (which is pretty similar with how I studied at school as well).

First I read the whole study guide and after each chapter I answer the practice questions. After I have finished reading the book for a first time, I start again with the first chapter. With this second iteration I really study the contents of each chapter. That means: I read the chapter, I make notes for myself (using a bunch of colours), I write code snippets, I ask (and sometimes answer) questions on these forums,... I was lucky to have a job as a Java developer, so you'll get practice each day and you can experiment a little as well while coding (changing the access modifier of a class/method, changing the type of a reference variable,...). I study one chapter at a time and when I'm finished with a chapter I answer the practice questions again. When I'm in bed (just before I ), I read my own notes of all chapters I have already finished. Once I have finished all chapters, I take the mock exam(s) of the study guide (if any).

When I'm confident about my knowledge and current level, I take the certification exam as soon as possible. I'll keep repeating my own notes of all chapters and writing code snippets until the day of the exam.

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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