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"Pseudo code" is a way to write down algorithms in a human-understandable, program-like form. It can be used to draft or explain algorithms independent of a concrete programming language. The statements used are often similar to the ones existing in concrete programming languages. Use this tag for questions related to the teaching of pseudo-code.

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How useful is English (pseudocode and documentation) in aiding understanding?

I'm a freelance tutor working with high school students, giving them programming assignments in languages like Python, Java, C++, and others. In recent months I've seen the value of using English - ...
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Are there problem sets for trace table problems? If not, what are some good topics to cover?

A trace table problem is code that you follow along by hand and fill out variable values at each line. For example. ...
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Is there any value in teaching pseudo code?

Before becoming a teacher, I believed that pseudo code was a relic from the past (see also my question on goto and flowcharts): When all you have is assembler language, Fortran, and Cobol, and no one ...
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How can I help my students to think algorithmically?

I teach 13-14 year old boys an "Introduction to Computer Science" course. For most of them, it is their first structured coding experience. Before we even touch an IDE, I have them walk through ...
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Pseudocode or Flowcharts?

For GCSE CS in the UK, students have to analyse, design, code, test and review a solution to a problem. For the design section of their project, students have to plan out the algorithm for each part ...
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Should the first Programming/Algorithms class be taught in pseudo-code?

When I was studying, my professors had different approaches when teaching programming to beginners: Choose a language with which the professor is comfortable and fulfills the course requirements but ...
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