Hello! I am new in competitive programming world. I have solved many problems and participated in some contests arranged in our university for beginners like us. But now I feel like I should improve my level. So now I am focusing on ad-hoc problems. But I am having difficulties in solving these problems. I find it difficult to formulate an effective approach. (Note: I've been trying to solve two ad-hoc problems for last three days but could not even submit a single code) I googled about ad-hoc algorithm and most of the websites/blogs just say its definition, "it has no generalized solution" etc etc... and provide a pseudo code of a problem.. For a second I could catch everything, but in the next second I am lost.. Can you help me with this? How can I deal with ad-hoc problems in a better way? Do you think that I should master some other topics/algorithms before dealing with ad-hoc problems? I will be grateful if you also provide me with a plan to improve my skill step by step.