Win a copy of Machine Learning with R: Expert techniques for predictive modeling this week in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Liutauras Vilda
  • Junilu Lacar
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
  • Bear Bibeault
  • Knute Snortum
  • Tim Cooke
  • Devaka Cooray
Saloon Keepers:
  • Ron McLeod
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Tim Moores
  • Tim Holloway
  • Carey Brown
  • Piet Souris
  • Frits Walraven
  • Ganesh Patekar

Do I need to take notes on OCA?

Posts: 18
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi guys,

I'm not really a person that likes taking notes when it comes to studying. Is it really necessary to take notes when trying to study for a certification?

Is there anyone that has passed these tests without taking notes? I sat the OCA test a few days ago and failed with 34%....
Posts: 108
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm the same, hate taking notes so I feel your pain but... often by not taking notes we make it harder for ourselves and double the amount of work we need to put into learning something. So it's better to learn this skill sooner rather than later. That said, for OCA you don't really need notes, instead keep your IDE open and type in any non-trivial code, see how it works, come up with your own ideas to check if you understand given topic. And obviously try some tests from whizlabs or sybex to check your knowledge before spending another €200 for the exam.
Ranch Hand
Posts: 59
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
As Adrian says, running the code from learning materials or mock exams and tweaking it to explore any further questions /tangents that might occur to you is a key activity. I usually keep these explorations, including any comments I make about what I discover, and any titbits I pick up looking online to help clarify points about the language, to look back at - it's frightening how I can forget about them after a while. The only other notes I make are the occasional summary or mnemonic diagram to try to clarify or make memorable pesky bits I have mental blocks about remembering. Having said that, I have to go over much of the book(s) I use numerous times to hammer things into my long-term memory - as soon as I finish one section I've at least temporarily forgotten other aspects!
Master Rancher
Posts: 260
IntelliJ IDE Spring Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Over the years, every person has developed his or her own way of studying. For instance, I learn while writing stuff down. Not in full sentences, nor is it even legible but it helps me remember. Other people might have a more visual way of studying. I would say: do what works best for you. What works for person A might not work for person B and vice versa.

Failing an exam is not necessarily related to your way of studying. It could also be due to a lack of preparation, not fully knowing what to expect, or other reasons. From what I have heard, the OCA exam is pretty tough and it often comes down to details. Study the way it works best for you, but take advantage of available resources, such as books, video tutorials, the CodeRanch community and definitely do mock exams. They allow you to gauge your level of understanding before taking (and paying for) the exam.

All the best! And never stop believing in your self.  
He was expelled for perverse baking experiments. This tiny ad is a model student:
Java file APIs (DOC, XLS, PDF, and many more)
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!