Online reading assignment question: helpful/unhelpful Midterm 2 physics study tips

Physics 205A Reading Assignment 24, 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.
"Practice practice practice"

"studying with __________"

"Studying in chunks so it's not so overwhelming and cramming can be avoided."

"working out problems in class on thursday"

"focus helps, procrastination doesn't"

"It helps to study with other people... It also helps to do some of the homework problems and quiz problems again. It does not help when you are completely lost and can't make sense of physics."

"Flashcards and reviewing quizzes helps."

"study groups."


"Going through homework problems again and re-taking the quizzes/ flashcard questions."

"to study"

"it doesnt help when its boring it tends to make you not want to study"

"Please email the student an in detailed study guide with needed formulas and an actually list of things we need to know. the book is extremely messy"

"having multiple midterms at once doesnt help this class. i need to study physics"

"Ask for help if you don't know what the question is asking/giving. Examine the applicable formulas and check off what you know."

"Wheaties.nuff said"

"reviewing old quizzes helps me."


"tutor and just do problems"

"Flashcard questions only help a little. Doing more problems help a lot more. Not only from the book because the book problems can be confusing, but also maybe made up problems from you."

"Going over all of the homework for the chapters that will be on the midterm help a lot."

"Doing practice problems similar to the ones on the class calendar to get more practice on the specific subjects on the test."

"doing sample problems really helps"

"group studying"

"cute girl that doesn't know physics and just wants to hot tub does NOT help me study"

"What helped me tremendously was taking advantage of your office hours to ensure that I fully understood the concepts so that I could study effectively."


"Re-doing the homework and quizzes is definitely the most helpful for me."

"Drink Green Tea; no sugar no additives; helps you concentrate."

"P-Dogg's blog! Thank god for this!"

"Getting an understanding of the overall specific topic helps a great deal to understand how to use the formulas."

"studying with __________"

"Redoing the homework problems really helps me to study."

"practice problems"

"procrastinating does not help, studying does help! =P"

"Having a friend that is a physics major"

"i really like your blog when you write things out step by step it really helps"

"Don't get senioritis and focus on what you are doing"

"doing flachcard questions and reworking the homework problems based around short answer and worked out problems on the study guide"

"It's easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information we have to sort out before we come to take the test. My advice is to not get narrow-minded and keep a brief study on all the subjects"

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