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Help with OCA Java 8.  RSS feed

 
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I'm looking for help trying to assess my progress with studying for the OCA Java 8.
I had no prior experience with programming, none!
I am studying everyday, I've dedicated 77hrs and 40 minutes, from
May 27 up until yesterday August 4th.
My "studying" is as follows:

Q&A session 7hr30min
Reading & Taking notes (Cornellmethod)8hr40min
ELI5 (explain it to the wife)1hr50min
Coding exercises 33hr20min
Listening to Lectures 5hr50min
Hand Writing code 50min

I'm using the Mala Gupta OCA Java SE 8 certification guide. I'm currently at section 1.4 of the exams objective,
there are 9.5 sections  of exams objectives. Whenever I "study" I "study" for deep understanding, having insight
of the concepts. I move on to the next section only when I feel confident that I can explain that concept to
someone else. I'd like to understand, is my progress slow?
Am I taking too much time from objective to objective?
Any and all opinions are welcome and especially advice on how I should continue on.

P.s
I use a pomodoro app and method to study and track my actual "study" sessions.
 
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ethan crown wrote:I'd like to understand, is my progress slow?
Am I taking too much time from objective to objective?


There is no such thing as "slow progress"! Certainly not if you have no prior experience with (Java) programming. Don't forget you must have a good & solid understanding of Java & OO basics to ace the OCAJP certification exam (and that takes time).

ethan crown wrote:Any and all opinions are welcome and especially advice on how I should continue on.


If you use an IDE during your preparation (to write code snippets), get rid of it immediately! Once you have gone through the complete study guide and you feel ready to take the actual exam, take one (or more) mock exams to verify if you are ready for the actual exam.

In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available (free and commercial) resources (study guides, mock exams, video courses,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).

If you use the search function, you'll find plenty of topics with advice to prepare (and ace) the OCA exam. Here are a few:
  • Studying so hard just to fail(1z0-808)
  • Failing Java SE 8 Programmer I
  • Bad Experience with OCA 7 exams
  • Any tricks about how to manage the 120 min for so many question?
  • second failed OCAJP
  • Need some advice after failing the exam


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    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
    ethan crown
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    Thank you for taking the time to give me some advice, its much appreciated.
    In regards to an IDE I've never used one, I took to heart the advice you guys
    give here about it. So in fact I have no clue as to how to use one! I use textmate,
    a plain coding application and strictly use terminal for running code.
    If you don't mind my asking would you say that my "method" of study is ok?
    Am I distributing my time on the right tasks?
     
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    ethan crown wrote:If you don't mind my asking would you say that my "method" of study is ok?
    Am I distributing my time on the right tasks?


    You need three things to actually ace the certification exam:
    1/ study the materials! It's of course up to you to decide what's your preferred way of studying: a certification exam study guide, online tutorials, watching videos, or a combination of all these valuable resources.
    2/ write boatloads of code! Preferably using your favourite text editor, javac (to compile programs) and java (to run programs). Learning a programming language is like driving a car: you don't learn how to drive a car by just reading a book, you have to get your hands dirty.
    3/ take mock exams! Once you are confident you know all the materials, it's time to check your Java knowledge and readiness for the actual exam. And that's the raison d'etre of mock exams But it's only useful if you have studied all materials.

    And I see all of these appear in your preparation overview with a very high focus on writing code. So that's definitely

    Oh, I almost forgot a 4th thing: whenever you are in doubt about a statement, code snippet, explanation,... create a new topic in this forum and ask This one you have done as well, so nothing more to say than... Keep up the good work!
     
    ethan crown
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    Thank you for so much for your valuable insight as to the steps for me to take to get prepared for the exam.
    This is great advice and I will make sure to follow through on all of these. Thank you too in regards to your
    encouragement for me to be able to post any and all of concerns and questions. I'll make sure that I'll
    exhaust all of my options before I come to you guys, and I'll come prepared with my question for you guys.
     
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