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

Astronomy 210 Reading Assignment 7, Fall 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.
"reading the summaries at the end of the chapter"

"Doesn't help: Watching T.V. while studying. Does Help: Reviewing past quizzes and in-class activities."

"Review in class could have been a lot more elaborate. You could have taken a lot more time to go over everything instead of rush through the review with just a few flashcard questions."

"I am very bad at studying and I don't have any really good study habits. I think that just reviewing all the activities we have done in class will help me a lot."

"the flash cards and study guides help. the flashcards help to pinpoint areas the class needs to focus on."

"Having the quizes and flashcard questions to study"

"I like being able to know what the right answer is when I get something wrong."

"Looking at the in class activities and reading the book help when studying..."

"Keep the quizes to study!"

"Reading the book more"

"can u go over it all im kinda dumb and dont kno sh#@ hahaha"

"Diagrams and formulas really help out in terms of studying and what not."

"The online reading assignments help a lot, it's nice to have a reminder of what we learned in class."

"Something that helps me is going over the tests online from previous semesters and writing down all of the questions and finding the answers."

"Knowing that many of the questions will be coming off of the previous quizzes really helps to be able to focus on what to study."

"It's really helpful to look back at the class power points and in class activities just to jog my memory."

"It does not help to haev video games in the house."

"Self-testing in a silent room helps me a lot so far."

"Playing Xbox until midnight."

"quiz yourself or have someone else quiz you with flashcard questions and/or past quiz questions."

"I like the group problems."

"Flash Cards"

"Reading notes that I have taken in class, duh!"

"(E)ast and (W)est locations on snowboarder's snowboard spell EW."

"study sutdy study study"

"study guides really help"

"Looking at past quiz questions definitely helps. Partying like a rockstar does not."

"My notes help a lot, as well as going onto your website and looking over old quizzes."

"Flashcard questions help and also make me feel alittle better. Knowing that im not the only one not getting the answer right is a little reasurring, and its nice to be taught in simple terms by the classmates around me."

"The time/moon phase diagram would be helpful if I could only memorize it more completely"


"Studying previous quizes has been by far the biggest help so far."

"previous quizzes and online quizzes from previous years and the online midterms from previous semesters"

"Completing the flashcard questions and short answer questions that were given for study."


"the old tests help A TON"

"Taking another look at the in-class powerpoints help me to reconnect what was covered in class..."

"It helps to make flash cards and be very familiar with the moon phase /time of day chart"

"When we do the flash cards and you explain the answers after we attempt to."

"It does help to work by yourself and then with your friends in astronomy on the midterm material to help double check your work."

"go through old quizzes!!!"

"I want some of that brain boosting gum!!!!! :P"

"The study guide posted on this website really helps for studying for this midterm."

"Review quizzes, the book, and look at flashcard questions."

"Study notes, and it would help to have our own copy of the in class activities."

"I wish you would explain things more in class. I know you want us to figure things out ourselves, but this does not help me."

"study a lot and hope you get lucky."

"Looking over old quizzes to grasp the most fundamental/important concepts we were supposed to learn and focusing on those the most in studying"

"practice test with answers posted on them would help"

"read the textbook"

"Flashcard questions help alot."

"The notes online and the quizzes helps, Not having a copy of our in-class activities to look over, stinks."

"Do the practice midterm and review what you even feel a little confident of and spend an hour on one aspect that you find difficult to understand and check your studying with the book"

"Studying the flashcard questions definitely helps build confidence for the midterm."

"Actually help with the in class activities."


"make sure you study the quiz questions."

"the book helps"

"the card questions in class helped me a lot"

"going over the old quizzes, and reading the book"

"reading the book"

"Reading and making flash cards"

"Halo Reach does not help while studying for this exam"

"Go over the Midterm announcements!"

"I don't understand how a lot of students including myself are doing so well in lab, however in lecture we are doing so poorly."

"Studying Quizes 1-3 and flash card questions."

"Reviewing all of the old quizzes"

"Study as much as you can"

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