Tell students they have to believe that some things just work before they will understand why it works because they need exposure to a lot of material before some concepts make sense individually.

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  • Because the material will seem like magic to students, you have to tell them to just believe that certain lines have specific purposes.
    • For instance, when working with Java Scanner, you have to create a scanner before you can ask it to do anything.
      • When students get stuck ask, “Did you put the scanner in?” “Did you import scanner?” “Did you create a scanner?”
      • Keep reinforcing that certain tasks have a list of required steps (like the questions enumerated above.
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