CS50: How to get Started The Right Way
Step 1: Go to EdX.org.
Step 2: Create an account by clicking on Register in the right-top corner.
Step 3: After that, click on ‘Explore New Courses‘.
Step 4: In the search bar, type ‘cs50‘ and click on the first course that appears.
Step 5: Click on ‘Enroll‘.
Step 6: Next, click on ‘Continue‘ in the free option without the certificate (Later in the blog, I’ll teach you how to get a certificate from Harvard for FREE).
Step 7: Click on ‘Start Course‘.
Step 8: Finally, click on ‘Next‘ and begin taking the course.
How To Access CS50 Problem Sets
Step 1: First, go to this link or click on ‘Problem Set 0’.
Step 2: After you go to the given link, you’ll see the following interface.
Step 3: Download and install the latest version of Chrome from here, if you don’t have it already.
Step 4: Click on ‘this problem on Scratch‘. Then, you’ll see the detailed instructions on exactly how to do it and on how to submit it.
How to Get CS50 Certificate from Harvard for FREE
In order to get a CS50 Completion Certificate from Harvard, you must submit and receive a score of at least 70% on each of this course’s problem sets, labs, and the final project.
Step 1: First of all, go to CS50’s website through Edx or click here.
Step 2: On the left, go down to ‘CS50 Certificate‘.
Only after you’ve fulfilled the prerequisites, you’ll be able to get a certificate like such.
Things You MUST KNOW Before You Start CS50
#1: You may find solutions to the problem sets on the internet, however, you can’t just copy-paste. Harvard has a very effective algorithm that detects if your solution has been copied from any previous solutions that were already submitted. If yes, you’ll be removed from the program, and if you’ve already got your certificate, it can be revoked. For more details, read Harvard’s Academic Honesty Policy.
#2: If you want to receive the free certificate, you must go to cs50.harvard.edu/x/ but NOT cs50.harvard.edu because they are different websites (one has a black-white interface, and the other has a red-white interface).
To sum up, CS50 is an extremely valuable course that can transform the way you think about computers. It takes you from the basics of computer science to a level where you can start working professionally in the industry. If you are a high school student or recently started college, and are interested in programming or Computer Science in general, you should definitely take CS50.
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