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Ganesh Kumar

Joined: Dec 18, 2006
Posts: 11
I am preparing for SCJP5.0. I am following the sun's book(kathy sierra and bertbates). i am half way through now.

the problem i encountered is that many things what i read in previous chapters are not staying in memory for 100%. i understood the concepts. even then when i am visiting the chapters again i could not recollect the topics easily.i dont know whether am i lacking in memory or that is the nature of this.everytime new ideas are coming. what should i do now to improve this? will answering many mock questions solve this problem?

many have finished SCJP.. please HELP!!!
Atul Sawant
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Joined: Jul 06, 2006
Posts: 304
That is ok. You do not need to worry about this though you do need to work on somethings.

1) prepare notes. Jot down points which are important and you think they can be easily forgotten.
2) Coding - code, think of questions (what will happen if i do this or that?) write a program and check the result!
2) give mock test, again give mock test, again give mock test, again give mock test....

have coffee...

give mock test, again give mock test, again give mock test, again give mock test....

Mission SCWCD. Mission SCJP Complete: SCJP 1.4 - 91%
Faisal Ahmad
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 340

Well, this could be the pattern to follow:
1. First study the entire chapter normally trying to understand what was written.
2. Try the Self Test now. Did you see your performance? I am sure, you would feel it tougher. Take your own time to answer( I do not mean correct, just answer!). Do not put yourself in time limit. Look your performance now. You will get a good idea where you were lacking and how the exam kicks you. Well, above all, you start feeling interest and that is important!
3. Now, you know where you are up and where you are down..study the chapter again. I am sure, you will read it more consciously than earlier. You will start making/underlining the important parts of the chapter. We all know, the content is much to read and it is not a good idea to always read the entire chapter. It is better you make notes. Well, while making notes, do not just write down looking into the book. Write it in your own words. It is better to write notes after finishing one complete topic. Prepare your notes as you wish..include code examples..figures..etc etc.
4. Now, again take Self Test. Check your performance. Notice some change? Well, that is what we need And one important point..while taking self test, do not just mark the correct answer and finish..try to write down why other choices are wrong. Do not think much about time, ok? Analyze your answers with the ones provided in the book. Definitely, you will feel the edge!
5. Just follow this pattern for the entire book. And always..whenever you feel bored of the current chapter you read, just go to the self test of the previous chapters and try to answer them. Remember the golden rule of taking self tests!! I mean, answer why a choice is correct/wrong.
6. After finishing the entire book like the above pattern, now take some time to do self tests with time limits. Always give a 2 minutes to each question and not more! Now analyze your performance. Forget the golden rule now. If you went wrong at some point, make it clear now itself.
7. Take the tests of whole book at once now. Check your performance now.
8. Go for other mock tests now and remember to switch on the timer!
9. About coding..whenever you feel you are not at all getting the things into your brain..just relax..code it and see. Definitely, the 6,7,9 chapters need coding.
That is all to become SCJP using KB!
Good luck!
Ganesh Kumar

Joined: Dec 18, 2006
Posts: 11
Thanks a lot for your reply.
This will definitely help me in learning.

Thank You
Srilakshmi krishnamoorthy

Joined: Jan 25, 2007
Posts: 6
Hi Faisal,

Thanks for the link,its definietly very useful .I resolved My whizlab problem.I did a PC Recovery and made it work.Hey I am not from Hydrabad.Am from bangalore.can you tell me one more thing.How many hours is required per day on an average so that you can comfortably cover the maximum portions for the exam say you have 15 days time to go when you are half way through?Also is there anybody from bangalore in your scjp study circle?

Thanks again,
Faisal Ahmad
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 340

Hi there!
Well, if you do not have any other job to do, simply put 8 hours a day. If you are busy with your job, then it depends on you. Whether it is 8 hours or 15 minutes, the bottom line is, you don't put too much weight on your brain! Always listen to your brain. Don't force it - the more you force it, the more you will lose. Believe me.
None is in my group. Everyone said, they would like to join me, but none said how? hehe.. well, i don't think it is practically possible unless you are staying close, maybe in the same place. That's why i have been enquiring if someone is from hyderabad.
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