How do I get better at competitive programming?

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This is the most frequently asked question about competitive programming. Although people ask about many things, everyone wants to improve. Quora writers have provided hundreds of answers with their advice on getting better, many of which you can find below.

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This question is about getting better at competitive programming in general, or for a specific online judge/contest. The FAQ has separate questions about getting started, about learning/practicing algorithms, and about how specific people got better.