First year college CS student here, just wrote my second set of midterms and realize I have a problem… - I am way too slow to do well in these exams.
The exam format is generally something like:
- 25-30 multiple choice questions - mostly debugging and booby trapped syntax stuff
- 1 or 2 problems to solve - needing to write a working program. (20 - 30 minutes per problem)
- everything is remote learn from home
I really enjoy the assignments and labs where I don’t have the time crunch. I take my time, make a coffee, map out different ideas, test them, and then write the code.
However on my exams I obviously dont have enough time to do this - I have to just start writing code, I have never been able to finish a problem in the time we have.
I feel like this has to be a skill that can be learned… and I would imagine interview questions would be a similar situation to what I’m struggling with now.
The obvious thing that comes up is to just drill problems like crazy before the exams… Is there anything else, like a different way of approaching this that I am missing?
Any advice appreciated!