CS 305j Test Study Aids
Tests in CS 305j are the major tool for evaluation. Normally 75% of your grade is based on your performance on the midterms and finals. In general tests will be 20 - 30% short answer questions and 70 - 80% coding questions.
The way to maximize your chances for success on the tests and in the class are:
take notes in lecture
attend small sections
start early and complete all assignments
if you get stuck on something (a topic from lecture, an assignment, or a sample test problem) ask for help!
do the suggested self check problems and exercises from the book as listed on the course schedule.
do the suggested javabat programming problems listed on the course schedule.
do more javabat programming problems
take the sample midterms as practice exams, limiting yourself to the time allotted
write out code to question on paper and then check your answers on the computer
study for the test in groups, discussing answers to sample midterms and section handouts
do the assigned reading and review notes from lecture
get help as soon as your have difficulty. (Mike's office hours, TA lab hours, Proctor lab hours, listserc, study groups, UPE tutoring.)
The way to maximize your chance of doing poorly
don't do the things above
wait until 1 or 2 days before the assignment due date to start
study for the test merely by looking over the slides. CS 305j tests emphasize application of knowledge, not just repetition of knowledge.
|Sample Midterm 1||Midterm 1 Solution||Sample Midterm 2||Midterm 2 Solution||Sample Final||Final Solution|
|Fall 08 (PDF)||Fall 08 (PDF)||Fall 08 (PDF)||Fall 08 (text)||Fall 08 (PDF)||Fall 08 (text)|
|Fall 07 (PDF)||Fall 07 (text)||Fall 07 (PDF)||Fall 07 (text)||Fall 07 (PDF)||Not available|
|Fall 06 (PDF)||Fall 06 (text)||Fall 06 (PDF)||Fall 06 (text)||Fall 06 (PDF)||Fall 06 (Text)|