Online reading assignment question: keep, quit, start

Physics 205A Keep-Quit-Start Reading Assignment, fall semester 2011
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "quit" resolutions generated by responses from Physics 205A students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA (http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/4419546/Untitled).

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "start" resolutions generated by responses from Physics 205A students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA (http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/4419507/Untitled).

Students were asked to answer a "keep-quit-start" online reflection (hosted by SurveyMonkey.com) on their studying strategies/pitfalls (Mubayiwa, 2009).
Enter a word or brief phrase that describes what you intend to keep doing to study for this class. Explain your answer to the above question (what you intend to keep doing to study for this class).

Enter a word or brief phrase that describes what you intend to quit doing to study for this class. Explain your answer to the above question (what you intend to quit doing to study for this class).

Enter a word or brief phrase that describes what you intend to start doing to study for this class. Explain your answer to the above question (what you intend to start doing to study for this class).
[Word tags have been edited to consolidate related common subjects; student explanations are verbatim.]

Student responses
Sections 70854, 70855

Keep word tags:
I was gone for a week because of illness and couldn't believe how lost I was when i got back.
Coming to the lectures and seeing things worked out helps me more than anything. I've missed one lecture so far and after that I was totally lost! I seem to be doing fine when I make it to all of the class lectures.
I always have problems on my homework and the only way i can understand the concepts is to attend class every day.
I missed a week being sick and it totally screwed me over!
coming to every class and doing the hmwk has been helpful for me, we need more review work but just these two things have kept my grade up
Allows me to learn the material without trying.
By attending lecture regularly, I can get reinforcement on the homework reports and see example problems.
My in class notes are very helpful
Coming to class and taking notes and participation is a big one. It helps me understand and master the concepts and problems.
I plan on continuing to show up every lecture, do every hw and reading assignment, snag every extra credit opportunity as possible, talk the concepts out with classmates, and study with a friend from 208 now that I found it to help.
Reviewing the homework problems in class really helps me as well as the visual aids supplied in class.

There is a deep need for me to keep up my consistency in every field. Whether it is lab, quiz's, note-taking, or homework, i haven't been as up-to-date as i should be.

flashcardquestions ("peer instruction," "think-pair-share")
Class seems to be structured around ideas covered on flashcard questions.
Using the provided flash card questions to study for quizzes, tests, and exams.
I plan to KEEP doing flash card questions at home to improve on my quizzes.

Keeping focus is key to understanding new ideas.

Doing the homework helps me to understand the material better that we go over in class
i will keep doing the hw because they are worth a good amount of points
I tend to skip homework sometimes so I don't solidify my skills so I forget the material
I will keep reading the assignments, doing the problems, and keeping up to date in the class.
I will continue to get as many points as possible in these three areas to boost my grade.
Homework is integral in any science, math or engineering course.
If I am diligent with the homework, and dont just skim over it, I will have more practiced and a better understanding of the content covered in the quizes and midterms.
I've gotten behind on homework these past 2 chapters and it's hurt my grade a bit.
I personally feel that practicing problems that represent a certain concept is the best way to memorize that concept
I have gotten behind in the homework and I think I need to go over what we've done and redo the homework. Practicing problems is the best way for me to learn.
if i dont do my homework then i cannot figure out what i need help with or do not understand
I found that going over and doing old homework assignments that we had over the semester helps refresh old ideas.
doing the homework and participating during flashcard questions
I need to keep doing this to pass the class successfully for my g.p.a and move on to Physics 2B.
Study new ideas, Understand them, and continue being diligent with homework to get the maximum effect.

going to office hours allows me to ask questions and clarify problems that i'm struggling with in this class.

Well it's the only thing I do well on.

I like studying in groups so you can bounce ideas off one another and if there is something I cannot understand there is usually another there that can help fill in the gaps and vice-versa.
Working with classmates helps me understand the material. The reinforcement and practice is beneficial, but it also helps me to learn different techniques and info I may have missed.
I need to keep going to study groups before quizzes and midterms.
Study before with a group and go in to P dog's office hours.

Study hardcore.
I will continue to study for tests
I intend to keep studying topics and finding answers to questions i have.
I've studied before almost every quiz and test and I do pretty good
studying is the only way to keep doing well in any class
doing flashcards, getting help in office hours
I am pushing for a good grade within this class to keep up my gpa and move on to the next level of physics.

im meeting with my tutor outside of class to go over homework and help me on concepts i dont understand.

by understand it, it will be come clearer and easy.

Quit word tags:
Studying too much right before a test makes me do worse on it. I psych myself out and have discovered I do much better when I'm not stressed or overly pressured about a quiz or test.

What I mean by distractions are the things I choose to do whether productive or not that directs my focus away from further understanding physics.

Material is covered really fast and if fall behind will certainly not do well.

flashcardquestions ("peer instruction," "think-pair-share")
I feel like the flash cards aren't beneficial to me at all. I learn better by viewing examples step by step.

I have a bad memory as far as homework goes :(
I sometimes forget to do the online quizzes because they are do at midnight the days that I work till midnight so I sometimes miss them.
I have to remember to do the online homework every night.
I have a tendency to do my homework late or sometimes not at all! That isn't good! It takes practice to fully understand what you're doing.

I keep on taking shortcuts when it comes to looking for the answers in the back of the book. I need to try and finish the problems all the way through the best i can.

Powder donuts, can't concentrate with them around

I quit my job partly so that I could have more time to study for all my classes.

i have been trying really hard

I find it hard to study. But I'm going to need to if I want to pass the class with a C or better from here on out

not knowing the physics make me feel like im lost and don't know what the equation is asking for

I over analyze the problems and then confuse myself.

I need to start doing the problems when they are assigned and stop waiting till tests to try and learn them.
I intend to quite procrastinating on reading and homework assignments.
I intend on applying about five to ten more hours a week towards physics for the midterm and final once mid November approaches since i will have finished the work for two of my online classes. A gift of time that I really need so now i can apply time i never had to physics. I need to study harder when during the hours when I'm most awake and rested.
I will try to quit putting studying off til the night before.
I need to stop putting off homework and reading until just before it is due. I also need to stop studying just an hour before quizzes and consistently study all week.
I need to quit procrastinating on doing the home work
I usually wait too long to study for quizes and it has been affecting my grades.
I'm going to attempt to accomplish all the homework on the weekend when I have more free time.
i procrastinate studying too often. i need to stop.
I have a bad habit of doing things last minute.
Doing homework immediately after class helps prevent the loss of any of the recently acquired knowledge, while doing it a few days afterward can cause a great deal of confusion on the homework due to the loss of important memories.
I will need to get everything done on time to succeed.
Putting off the homework until the last minute and then rushing through it isn't helping me learn the material.
instead of waiting until the night before to start reviewing, I keep on top of the material with my tutor to clear up any questions as I go.
If I study through out the week it helps a lot
i will quit procrastinating on my studies and plan out my study schedule
sometimes i wait til the last minute to study

i sometimes do not read the material thuroughly enough to really absorb the concepts

I skip class every once in a while so I sometimes have trouble with the following chapters.
I think I miss more that it seems when I leave even 10 minutes early. I'm going to stay for the full time now so I get all the information I need to succeed.
Missing class means missing out on valuable insight and explanation.
I've missed some class periods lately and it affects my understanding if the material

i dont study for the quizzes untill the day of the quiz which doesnt help at all
slacking doesn't ever help
explained in q3
I need to quit because the semester is almost over and I need to stay focused for finals.
sometimes i don't want to compelete all of the homework but by doing so it's not helping me.
I intend to make physics an everyday subject over my chem and bio classes.
I plan to QUIT skipping homework assignments to gain a better understanding of the equations and concepts we are being taught.
I have been slacking off more than I like due to other classes and other extra curricular distractions

Doesn't help the learning process

Start word tags:
I've always had an angle in viewing things from the start, though asking more questions helps to correct my vision by trying on others' glasses.

Last week I was super sick and therefore I've been missing class, but I will start going to class, and going to office hours when I don't understand.

I am going to analyze the examples provided in the textbook that relate to the subject(s) I need to study.

flashcardquestions ("peer instruction," "think-pair-share")
try to understand the problems a couple days before the quiz so i feel more ready
i really want more review for this class; i do the hmwk but it isnt enough. i think printing out and doing the flashcards will help. i also am going to start doing the example problems in the book.
work out every single one before a quiz or test so i know what im doing wrong
Haven't spent as much time on the flashcards as i could. I need to spend more time completing them and then get feedback from you

I am determined not to achieve a C grade within this class.
Use my free time more wisely by looking over notes to understand the concepts of physics rather than just the math aspect
Sometimes I loose focus so I wont do homework or maybe zone out in class
Just because one is in class does not mean they are truly there. Paying attention and actively participating are extremely beneficial to learning material.
need to get of my butt and study harder
I just need to put more work into studying
Working on homework the moment I get home

When I get behind on homework, it's really easy to get behind in class because of how quickly we move.
I need to do more chapter problems that are assigned in order to do better on the midterm.
I often forget to do the homework online, so I need to remember to do that.
I need to do all of the homework and not just the bare minimum to answer the surveys
It will help my grade.
I plan to START actually doing homework at home with no distractions to understand the concepts and equations from lecture.
I forget to do the homework far more often than I should.

Go to math lab to get some extra help on the HW problems.

i need to start going to office hours in order to understand the material
I will go get extra one on one help when I need it.
Extra help really helps me learn

I intend to stay on top of the homework, to ask questions about the homework and to do some outside research or reading on the topics at hand.

Take responsibility for my learning, and "own" every step of the process.

I'm going to do more practice problems because one i get used to what the question is asking, utilizing the information that I have becomes much easier.
By practicing more problems like the homework questions assigned, I can reenforce how to go about solving the different kind of problems
im going to start doing extra problems for practice

i havent been reading so it is really confusing some of the concepts
I usually just look for the answers to the reading assignment questions and then I don't fully get what we learn in class. I'm going to start actually reading the text for full or better understanding of the content.
I need to start reading the entire chapters that we go over. i haven't actually read a full chapter, instead just skimming over it when i come to a problem i can't figure out how to do.
I want to start reading the entire chapters. I skim through them when I'm doing my homework but when I've tried to sit down and read them I get really confused and frustrated! I want to gain some patience and really spend some time reading and taking in all of the information.
I'm going to read more of each chapter in the text, I think it may help in comprehension.

I will go over my notes the night I take them just to refresh .

I need to start staying awake in class to try To understand concepts better

more and more studying
In addition to additional study hours that I have not had all year, I plan on continuing to do the flashcard questions with a friend in 208, compile questions for you, and coming to see you asap so i can follow up on my errors. I also notice that I need to work more on the mathematical relationships than the concepts. More application so i can do well enough to last minute lift my grade.
study more
I have serious studying issues...

I also have a habit of not asking for help.

Is this joke too old?

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