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By blaze, 6 weeks ago, In English

As the title says, I don't feel like I've improved that much since summer despite practicing harder than before. I don't even know what to practice anymore. When solving Codeforces problems I either come up with the solution really quickly or can't come up with any ideas no matter how much time I spend on it, also I don't feel like I improve after practicing Codeforces problems. Sometimes I struggle with 1400 problems and sometimes I solve 1700/1800 problems easily. I don't feel like my rating is an accurate representation of my skill and don't know if it should be lower or higher, and because of that I don't know which problems to practice, every time I pick some problem it's either too easy or too hard(or I just give up to quickly idk). Was anyone else in a similar situation before, if so how did you get out of it? Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!

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Maybe there are some ideias/topics that you struggle with more than others? Make a spreadsheet and register every problem you solved each day, along with its topic and a short comment on the problem. After some weeks, reflect on it.

Maybe you struggle with problems that require certain "adhoc" observations? Maybe it's just with math problems? Or maybe you're really good at math problems but suck when you have to create a data structure that does a certain operations rapidly? That's the things you should be reflecting when you have enough data on the spreadsheet.

Then, of course, you should aim to get better at those points. Easier said than done, though, but at least you should have a better understanding of yourself after making such a spreadsheet. It worked for me, at least.

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so you want to jump every color in just one or two contests??.I dont think its possible.

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    This is not my first account(I don't use the old one anymore).

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Bro!! hasn't anyone ever told ya?? Never ever give up on anything lad, never settle for less, we gon work hard and be a master someday bru!!

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If you think you are not improving you have two options, give up or push your limits..

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same problem bro, this is my alt account. I too feel the same problem with me.

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I was feeling the same thing few days back.I was able to perform well in virtual but not in real time. Then i improved by doing these 2 things:

a) Not looking at standings and submissions until you solve till Div 2-C. Just open the complete 
          problemset  for once.By this,you will not panic and can perform well.

       b) I think most of the guys who are stuck have a problem of self doubt.I was having the same 
          problem. Then i started to improve at it and you can see the result.

Also,i would like to thank stefdasca for motivating me :)

These two things can work for you for sure.

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    Congrats, well done on your progress! Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to see you at higher colors too!

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blaze join ZRS my trema brother