Highlight opportunities to write code on paper to help students study for the AP CS exam as well as reinforce the basics of writing programs and methods from scratch because this often needs more practice than just reading or answering multiple choice.

  • It might be surprising how well some students can read code and answer multiple choice questions while really struggling to write code (both on paper and on a computer).
  • Eclipse, the integrated development environment (IDE), might provide students with too much support when they’re learning (initializing variables, for example).
  • It is important for students to feel comfortable with these basics so they don’t have to devote their attention or exert effort on things like defining variables.