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

Astronomy 210 Reading Assignment 6, fall semester 2011
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.
"I think taking a look at previous tests and midterms helps understand what will be on the midterm and what to study for."

"Going over my notes and the book. Flashcard quizzes"

"The flashcard questions really help you prepare for the midterm."

"flash cards."

"flash card q's help"

"Looking over class notes and practicing on flashcard questions along with studying quizzes and tests from previous semesters."

"I find it helpful knowing what will be on the midterm. Also, knowing we will have short answer makes me able to prepare for explaining my understanding of the material verses trying to find a single correct answer."

"i think what helps me understanding things see pictures or digrams"

"tron tournement starts on saterday"

"Looking through old quizzes and going through the lectures again seems to help me understand the material better. Reading the textbook tends to confuse me though."

"I really appreciate that you say what each question will be about and that you have previous quizzes online."

"Working in study groups!"

"PRACTICE QUIZES!!! and study groups."

"Study Groups"

"I think having examples of quiz questions are helpful, but I'm never sure if I'm answering them correctly."

"Well, studying helps."

"Thorough notes helps big time. Reviewing flashcard questions helps a lot too."

"The book doesn't seem to help. Notes and flashcard questions help"

"The old Tests that you post from previous semesters and flash cards"

"Read your textbook and even research on the internet, if the book does not give a good explanation to you."

"Making charts to remember always helps me study. Also going over old quizzes online etc."

"going over my notes and quizzes"

"The biggest help for me are the discussions, flash cards and group work IN CLASS....and I have unfortunetely missed a few classes."

"Flashcard questins help"

"Cross-referencing confusing topics on Wikipedia for more information."

"study as much as possible"

"Flashcard questions"

"reading the book helped me study"

"dont do this hungry..."

"having enough sleep helps."

"Flashcard questions are a big help, but it would be even better if you gave an answer key for them as well."

"Not having the link working for the review doesn't help a lot!"

"note cards help"

"The quiz and flash card questions."


"The flash cards have been my god-send."


"Taking you're own notes out of the book helps"

"diagrams, flash card q's, previous quiz q's"

"If we had a study guide with the diagrams that we are supposed to memorize. I feel that I have so many that are have written or scattered throughout my notes it makes me confused on what we should have looked at."

"The book and looking online have been very helpful."

"Do your study quiz's."

"The practice test r great"

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