It's the end of a great semester of CS 313E!!!! Everything is submitted and now it's just a waiting game for the results. For this final blog post, Professor Downing would like us to focus on summarizing our individual experiences over the course of the semester.
Well, if you remember anything from my series of posts, remember how important it is to go to class. GO. TO. CLASS. Besides the fact that A.) you pay for it and B.) 21% of your grade depends on it, the amount of time you'll have to spend outside of class interpreting new concepts will be significantly reduced. You can alternatively spend precious out-of-class study time practicing software development with the new concepts.
Practice is so important to your success in this class. Whether it's redoing the daily quizzes or re-coding bits of the projects, you should try to spend several hours a week just writing lines of Python code. Hear me people. Write code. That's how you'll do well in this class. You might think that piece of advice should go without saying since this is, indeed, a computer science course. However, I want to emphasize how useful it is to go beyond just being able to identify concepts in this class. The projects, quizzes, and tests won't ask you to regurgitate concepts, they will ask you to interpret them....into code.
Last, but not least, I'm putting my 100% stamp of approval on any inkling you have to take this course. Not only will you improve on your programming skills, you will improve on your communication, teamwork, and analytic skills. Professor Downing is a great professor that chooses to go the extra mile to ensure students develop practical skills that will earn them more than just CS course credit.
Have a wonderful break and Merry Christmas! :D
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