AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: March 29, 2014 10:06 AM
That is the advice I find myself giving to students again
and again this semester: Sooner.
Review the material we cover in class sooner.
Ask questions sooner.
Think about the homework problems sooner.
Clarify the requirements sooner.
Write code sooner.
Test your code sooner.
Submit a working version of your homework sooner. You can
submit a more complete version later.
A lot of this advice boils down to the more general Get
feedback sooner. In many ways, it is a dual of the
Take small steps.
If you take small steps, you can ask, clarify, write, and
test sooner. One of the most reliable ways to do those
things sooner is to take small steps.
If you are struggling to get things done, give sooner
a try. Rather than fail in a familiar way, you might succeed
in an unfamiliar way. When you do, you probably won't want
to go back to the old way again.