Hey, first post!
First week into restarting CS50 for the… third time? Last two times I was woefully unprepared, had limited patience with my self, and rage quitted barely through the first week. Things have changed a little since then.
As a slightly impatient visual learner, I have slightly goofed with this first week thinking I could just read through the course notes and comprehend what I’ll need to know for the code lab and future problem sets. Not quite. The lectures may be a bit longer, but they give great examples, explain processes and so much more that I needed from just reading sparse notes.
Another way I adjusted how I learn is by keeping a specific topic notebook for code, write out code problems, and number each line to explain each step in a way I would understand better. If something was still confusing, I could pinpoint and search for a better way to explain the point and write that down too. This has helped with problem sets already to refer back to! A (blurry) example like so…
The great thing about CS50 I’ve noticed already is the enormous community surrounding it, I’ve already joined the Reddit group, Discord and googling for hints (not exact solutions) on the web makes it easier to find a few ways to make sure the concepts click. Such as, there was one YouTube video walking through the Scrabble problem set I found after working through most all the problem except for one last piece that some written help couldnt and noted that in my code notebook. I haven’t jumped into the Discord too often, but it’s definitely active for each lab and problem set channel for questions and help.
Anywho, on to week two!