Hey! So I recently participated in my first USACO contest (took Bronze of course). Here’s how it went:
Problem 1: Solved and submitted for full score within 10 minutes.
Problem 2: Figured out how to solve and coded it, but was only able to get the first (sample) test case. Not sure what the bug in my code was, and I spent a LONG time looking for it. In the end, I still couldn’t find the bug.
Problem 3: I didn’t know how top proceed and ended up just spitting back the sample test case . I think the reason I wasn’t able to do this was because I had never seen the process of simulating on an array before.
I didn’t do nearly as well as I would have liked, and I want to change that. I have made a goal of working through all the past USACO Bronze problems starting from the 2015-2016 season. I feel confident on all the topics on the USACO Guide Bronze section though, so I don’t really feel like I need to reread that. Along with solving past problems, is there any other things that you guys think I should do? I just want to do much better on the next contest than I did on this one, and I wanted to see if anybody had any tips on this or has been in the same situation as me. Any help is appreciated!