Leetcode is a huge pain

Walmart suul61
Oct 18 42 Comments

Guys, it’s killing me. Thought I had an Easy problem down pat, two days later poof forgot everything and back to being a noob. A good exercise in humility. There’s no way around it right?

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  • New / Eng
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    Oct 18 19
    • Cruise Automation WJBA12
      No way a company would pay you > 500k. Not because they dont pay that amount. But because based on you English proficiency I would argue that you can't code.
      Oct 19
    • Netflix hello420
      @Cruise what do you mean by “based on you English proficiency”? Your English’s pretty terrible too. And really, from when did we start evaluating interviews based on typing performance on blind? I really feel sorry for folks like you. Don’t sound like a low life please.
      Oct 19
    • Microsoft civuhebwnd
      @Cruise, your English is not better than his lol
      Oct 19
    • Guys, everyone here is an idiot. Go spend your time doing LC ! ~~^^ 👍
      Oct 19
    • When are New gonna get expelled from the forum smh
      Oct 19
  • Apple svsuh
    Forget?! It's math and logic. How can you forget it if you understood it well in the first place?
    If you think you're "forgetting" the solution, then you didn't solve it in the first place, you simply memorized it, which is not what you need to do.
    Try to understand the concept and reasoning behind it. i.e. why wasn't it solved in a different way?
    Oct 18 3
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      I get what you’re saying. How do I know after an hour with a problem if I’ve really understood it or if I’ve just memorised it?
      Oct 18
    • Apple svsuh
      Why after an hour? Your memory is still fresh after an hour and can easily remember.
      When seeing the solution, try to come up with other solutions, try to figure out what would have gone wrong with your original proposal if you followed it. This way you develop critical thinking.
      Oct 18
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      Hmm that makes sense. I’ll keep that in mind thanks.
      Oct 18
  • Just thank Leetcode for aggregating all problems and providing a FREE resourceful platform. Imagine the days without leetcode, people were only relying on CTCI, with pen and paper
    Oct 18 3
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      True. There is that silver lining.
      Oct 18
    • LC basically standardized the interview and made it possible for anyone to practice and get into their dream companies, given necessary effort is put in.
      Oct 18
    • Im not at Amazon
      Oct 18
  • Adobe fngstained
    There is a way around it: do enough so that you get the patterns down eventually, instead of giving up prematurely.
    Oct 18 7
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      lol that’s kinda comforting not gonna lie. I hope it gets better; still gonna grind. When did you feel like you were finally making progress?
      Oct 18
    • Adobe fngstained
      I started with the easies and mediums, and seemed to get into a groove after 300. After that, it was somewhat smooth sailing until 1000, at which point the easies and mediums were done, and mostly hards remained. And the hards are, well, hard. But they're not undoable...you gotta be patient with them, and sometimes take a hint by peeking at the related topics or the running times and data structures mentioned on the forums. But they can mostly be beaten if you're patient enough.
      Oct 18
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      Okay got it. Just gotta keep grinding then. Thanks for your inputs 👍
      Oct 18
    • Microsoft civuhebwnd
      Hey Adobe, did that make you pass all coding rounds? After 200 ish, I still find it hard to pass many coding rounds. Have you tried to interview after 1000ish?
      Oct 18
    • Adobe fngstained
      I'm not looking out or interviewing, believe it or not. I started doing it as a mental challenge after reading so much about LC here. Maybe it'll serve me well at some point in the future 🙃
      Oct 18
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    Man, it evaluates your code, you even have solutions and explanations and tons of problems are collected at one place; it can't get easier than that. Just keep putting in the work and don't give up.
    Oct 18 1
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      Yeah that’s right. I won’t give up.
      Oct 18
  • New oeeL53
    Firecode is a bit noobish but one thing I liked about it was that every few questions it gets you to re-do an old one which helps memory
    Oct 18 1
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      Hmm, maybe I’ll try that. Gotta get out of data science somehow lol
      Oct 18
  • I found that drawing out approaches on whiteboard helps me “get” why it works. Like others have said, you shouldn’t strive to memorize the solution but the approach to get there
    Oct 18 1
    • Walmart suul61
      OP
      Got it. Will do that. It’s hard not to memorise though; gotta resist that.
      Oct 18

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