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    I am currently taking the OCR H046 AS computing course (2015 onwards) and I am having trouble writing algorithms in Pseudocode, especially in exam conditions. OCR kindly provides a list of Pseudocode syntax that you are expected to know (and I am confident with) however, whenever I begin a question (albeit a 4 mark question or an 8 mark question) I usually do one of the following...

    a) Simply do not know where to start
    b) Get half way through the question and then realise I have missed something vital.
    c) Overcomplicate the question and end up with working out all over the place.

    I am curious to to know:

    1) How do you go about writing algorithms? Do you complete any planning or simply jump into the question?
    2) How could I ensure that I know what to write in the exam and complete the question in good time? (usually a minute a mark).

    Any advice would be very helpful; I have practised writing Pseudocode algorithms extensively but most of the time I only pick up half marks or take completely the wrong approach. :-(
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    For an answer to your first question: For me, i find it easier to do a flowchart first and then write your Psuedocode based off the flowchart, if that helps at all. .
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guide...gk7/revision/1 Some good advice on here.
    Also worth just memorising the key steps in the main algorithms from the spec: linear & binary search; bubble, merge and insertion sort. Write them out 3 times to help them stick.
 
 
 
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