Online reading assignment question: helpful/unhelpful Midterm 1 astronomy study tips

Astronomy 210 Reading Assignment 7, Spring Semester 2010
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students have a weekly online reading assignment (hosted by SurveyMonkey.com), where they answer questions based on reading their textbook, material covered in previous lectures, opinion questions, and/or asking (anonymous) questions or making (anonymous) comments. Full credit is given for completing the online reading assignment before next week's lecture, regardless if whether their answers are correct/incorrect. Selected results/questions/comments are addressed by the instructor at the start of the following lecture.

Describe something notable that either helped or did not help with studying for this midterm. Selected comments may be discussed in class. (Graded for completion.)

The following are all of the student responses to this question, verbatim and unedited.
"the practice quiz and test that yopu post online"

"I looked at the diagram of the telescopes in our text book and it gave me enough information to get the answers correct on the midterm"

"I'm pretty sure I didn't study."

"I looked over my past three quizzes. Many of the questions that i answered wrong on the quizzes were on the midterm, so i looked over and fixed the answers."

"Studying the past quizzes really helped out! I would encourage everyone to do it."

"studying old quizzes helped, but it would be nice if the correct answers were put on our actual quiz."

"i wished we would have been able to go into it further instead of speeding through it."

"the topics we needed to study was very vag soo like i study like 5 hours and i fail it badly"

"Using flashcards really helps, and the practice quizzes from the website are super!"

"What helped were all the in class activities."

"going through the previous midterms and getting those down really helped"

"I reviewed each previous quiz (with the right answers and without the right answers) over and over."

"Each time I reviewed I learned something new. I tried to imagine the question in a different way, as if it asked differen aspects of the material it covered..."

"being able to use our quizzes helped exponentially"

"I took all the old previous midterms and and previous semester quizes and they didnt help much at all. Ths previous quizes that we had this semester were very closely related to this midterm... for the eassay questions looking at some of the the examples on P-dogs blog helped, but i think i would have been better off if i just studied the4 first three quizes we had earlier this semester."

"I thought I had sone great when taking the mid term. I reviewed off my previous test and tried to look at my book. Sadly I was terribly disappointed when i got my test."

"It was somewhat comprehensive, thus making the midterm straightforward."

"reviewing the in-class activities"

"not studying"

"The reviewing of flashcard questions and past quizzes helped me grasp the material more, as well as the selected questions posted on P-dog's blog."

"Something that helped me in the midterm was studying the previous midterm question online. (The short answer questions)"

"Studying prior midterms helped out a lot."

"Working in groups is really helpful. it's nice to get input from classmates."

"flashcard questions, going over my old quizes. studying with a friend!"

"Flashcard questions."

"surprisingly, the book didn't offer a whole lot of help for some things! it was very short on some subjects"

"The old quizzes helped a lot, i just didn't study for the short answers."

"The Flash card questions"

"the graphs... definitely"

"I found the flashcard questions most helpful. It helped me process what I had just learned and cemented ideas in my mind before leaving class."

"going over past tests and notes"

"Review time"

"study previous midterm quizzes provided"

"One thing that helped me tremendously on the exam was doing the practice quizzes and studying the in-class assignments."

"I think that the most helpful thing to study from was the Midterm 1 Flashcard Questions."

"You blog actually helped alot. I was able to look up answers to questions i didnt understand because you have the reason why the answer is what it is posted on your blog."

"having the old midterm questions helped."

"he online quiz goals"

"the old midterms helped alot, but i wish maybe we had a study guide worksheet online reading assignment or something."


"the quizzes from previous semesters FO SHO"

"drawing eclipses helped me"

"Being able to access in class information at home helped."

"The list you gave us on the course website definitely helped me narrow down what was important to study."

"The past exams and the flashcards questions really helped me with this midterm."

"Practice tests/quizzes are the way to go."

"Having a quiz the week before really pysched me out."

"Having the previous midterms available."

"Do the previous midterms was good pratice."

"Partying in Vegas was NOT helpful to studying for this midterm."

"Looking at previous midterm exams helped me study a lot"

"The in class activities helped with the midterm"

"in-class activity helped."

"What really helped was the ability to work it out in the practice quizzes. Also, looking back through my lecture notes especially from copying the diagram that Dr. Len (I cannot say Pdog sorry feels too weird), drew regarding the Earth and the little snowboarder man with the position of east and west following him as he was displayed on the Northern Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere."

"The online studying for the essay part helped me."

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"the questions you had online helped."

"Being able to access in class information at home helped."


"The preview of past essay questions was by far the most helpful."

"FLashcards and previous quizzes helped"

"there was a lot of questions about the telescopes so id say study those."

"The in class review session was great!"

"Studying with a group helped me prepare."

"Reading and flashcards"

"reading the book"

"reviewing my notes and reading the text helped"

"The past quizzes and midterms were really helpful."

"pizza helped twinkies did not help"

"I made flashcards and it really helped."

"I would say the random essay questions made it hard to study for the multiple choice, you read and learn the facts. the essays were just really difficult"

"i would say that we didnt really go over the midterm, i wish there was a study guide."

"i feel that looking back on the quiz's helped"


"the telescope hint *wink wink*"

"Attending class and reviewing old tests and quizzes was very helpful."


"Notable things that helped me study were the in-class activities that I collected, as well as the lecture notes I took during class. What didn't help me with studying for the midterm was the flashcard questions on the website because I didn't know what the right answers were."

"The online questions for the midterm were very helpful. Also studying with friends in the class helped a lot."

"In class activitys Class lectures in general are comprehensible and interesting"

"Studying the in class activities and archived tests was really helpful. We will see if was helpful enough."

"The readings were helpful"

"More review next time"

"the online versions of the test were useful"

"Reviewing notes definitely helped a lot."

"Going over lecture notes helped alot"

"reading the book to go over what i learned in class helps"

"The old quizzes and midterms really helped!"

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