This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Wow, I've been reviewing this SCJP 5.0 stuff for two months and it's quite a migraine hog. I could remember I had a stiff neck for one week. Can you guys post the difficulties you encountered just to force yourself to get through the books and the mocks. Sometimes, I have the feeling this thing is too difficult. Maybe after this SCJP 5.0 exam you'll magically morph into a Java Compiler, or Jabba the Hutt.
I've religiously studied, yet sometimes I just score 5 on each of the K&B chapter exams. I never passed any one of em, but I never forgot the mistakes I made though. Any frustration experiences would be invaluable, thanks.
Wont it be dreamy, if Santa Claus awards free 10 pts after the exam, hahaha [ July 26, 2006: Message edited by: Robbi Palacios ]
1) use practice exams that let you take small number of questions. I can set the whizlabs exam to let me do 10-20 questions and complete it in in 20 minutes. Trying to focus for 2 hours is very difficult. doing 10-20 questions a couple of times a day is much easier.
2)keep your book with you at all times. If you have a couple of seconds while you wait for something: read a page.
3) decide on some reward for passing the exam. Don't buy that thing no matter how desireable until you pass the exam.
4)tell yourself, " I like reading exam prep books and preparing for the exam" multiple times every day. eventually you will believe it.