COMP110-003, Introduction to Programming

Spring 2013

How to Succeed In COMP 110

  • Do the assigned reading before class. Go over it again after class.
  • Start early on all assignments. If a programming assignment takes 5 hours of work to complete, and you start exactly 5 hours before it is due, you have no hope of getting it done. Why? First, if you absolutely, positively need to get on a computer, you won't be able to. Your laptop will be acting up, a network will be down, a printer is not working, etc. This a basic Law of the Universe: they know when you are desperate! Here is some advise from students who took this course on earlier years:
    • "Don't, I repeat DON'T, procrastinate."
    • "Start the assignment the day it is handed out."
    • "Don't wait until the last minute."
    Take it from those who found out the hard way.
  • Come for help. It's why I have office hours. I want you to come. There is a lot of help available to you, but if get a late start on your assignments, it will be much more difficult to get the help you need.
  • Participate in class. With lots of classmates, this seems scary, but it is not so bad once you get used to it.
  • Think in class. You can easily download the notes so don't spend time writing them down. Follow the instructor and comprehend the materials.
  • Review your class notes after each class. A good self-test is: Can I explain the material to someone else? Use study groups to regularly review course material.

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