Online reading assignment question: keep, quit, start

Astronomy 210 Keep-Quit-Start Reading Assignment, spring semester 2012
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "keep" resolutions generated by responses from Astronomy 210 students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, spring semester 2012 (www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5093505/Untitled).

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "quit" resolutions generated by responses from Astronomy 210 students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, spring semester 2012 (www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5093553/Untitled).

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "start" resolutions generated by responses from Astronomy 210 students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, spring semester 2012 (www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5093551/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 30674, 30676

Keep word tags:
I will keep doing all the assignments and doing the extra credit opportunities to make up for doing average on the tests.

extra credit
need to keep doing extra credit because i am not doing very well on the quizzes.

flashcard questions ("peer instruction," "think-pair-share")
I need to keep reading over and studying the flashcard questions before the quizzes, I find them the best way to study.
I will continue to quiz myself using the flash card questions that are posted online.
Study Flashcard notes since most of the time those are what end up on the test.
Going over flash card questions and the old quizzes helps me refresh my memories of things that will be on the quiz.
Reviewing flashcards is a major reason for my success in this class, I will continue to utilize these until the end of the semester.
The flashcard questions really seem to help, especially the ones we do in class
Flashcard review questions with instructor feedback

Pay attention in class.

go to class
Continuing going to class will enable me to receive credit for I class activities and tests.
By going to class I get to listen to the presentations and participate in the in-class assignments.that helps me remember the subject matter.
Keep coming and participating in class activity's
If I am not present then I can't see what were doin.
Going to class is the most helpful thing ever. Mr. L explains everything so well and his analogies are great!
I try my best to answer the class work correctly because it resembles the questions on tests.
In class activities and lectures help a lot in learning the material
Reading the textbook is boring... Lectures help me understand the material better.
the in class activities help with understanding the material as well as p-dawg explaining most of the information in his lectures. as long as i keep coming to class i know i will succeed
attending the lecture helps me so much because it helps me understand the material. also, it also helps discussing things im having trouble with with classmates.
i intend on continuing to go to class so i can take notes and get all my in class activity points!
Because you lose a lot of points if you dont come to class
Continue going! I have 100% attendance. First time ever for me in any class! I believe going to lecture is crucial for success, haven't missed one yet! Study for tests, watch "how the universe works" on netflix, extra credit and ask questions. Be involved.
i dont really study that much, but i have not missed a class so thats good
I plan to answer questions to the best of my ability. I plan on participating in class work. And most of all try my hardest.

well if i write down everything you say and put in your power points i think i will do well.
more notes more diagrams anyway to help jump start my studying

practice exams
I will also pay attention during class activities

Reading the book helps me to better understand the lectures and quizzes.
i dont always understand the lectures but when i put the book and lecture together i understand more.
I believe that when you read the section you come with some background information about what the class is going to be about and it helps a little.

reading assignments ("just-in-time-teaching," "pre-reading")
Homework is a really easy way to understand what is going on in the class better. Past quizzes are very helpful for future tests.
i missed a couple assignments cause i was super sick and school was the last thing on my mind. the reading assignments are easy points that should be taken advantage of.
I need all the points I can get! And it helps after having lecture it reread the material.
The best way to learn more information for the tests and to get credit for all the work we do in class is to continue doing the reading assignments.
I will continue to do the online homework to maintain a good grade.
I had a very hard time remembering these during the first part of the class but i am getting better.

I'm assuming those with deteriorated mental states have been unable to pass this class in the past.

I intend to keep studying the book, notes and flash cards.
Studying before test by going over previous test questions.
I need to keep up with the reading and focus on the class.
No matter what you have to study to do well in a class because just learning something once in class isn't going to make it permanently stick in your head.
Try to get good grades on tests/quizes
studying the flashcard questions and resources posted online
I will continue to study to make sure that i will do okay in this class
I've studied for each test and I still haven't received the grade that I want. In order to keep my head above water, I will keep studying.
Staying up on all the classwork and homework has allowed me to grasp a better understanding of the material. It also is a bump for my low test scores which is very beneficial.

Quit word tags:
Facebook is so distracting.

missing assignments
If we don't do that it'll damage our grade a lot.
homework = points

missing class
Missing class puts your far behind really fast.
I missed two classes due to personal matters and I feel kind of behind.
missing class means missing points, it sucks.

not comprehending
The class activities pertain to the quizzes

Trying to take a ton of notes during lecture doesn't help me because I miss out on learning and understanding what you're talking about.


not reading
reading the book would probably help
i need to start reading the text more consistently to bring the lectures together

not studying
By not going through the book in depth and just skimming before tests and quizzes, my grades reflect. I plan to spend more time with the text book order to succeed in the class.
not studying makes bad grades on tests/quizes

i have good information retention so i always feel confident i remember the information but it doesnt hurt to spend a little time to refresh the material either right before the class or the night before.

I can't wait until right before the test to study!
not waiting last minute or forgetting to do work.
I wait till the night before or two days before a quiz or test to study when I should be quizzing myself throughout the week leading up to an exam
I tend to do the readings right before class. Also study right before test time. I need to better manage my readings and study times.
Study before the day of the test.
Im always behind about 2 chapters in the reading compared to what we are talking about in class.
I'll do a better job if I study for our quizzes and exams longer, instead of the evening before.
I usually put off the the homework to the last minute, I won't do that anymore.
putting off reading and studying time
Gotta stop waiting til the last minute to study.
i always tell myself that i will take a little time out of every day to study for quizzes, but that never happens. i really want to to try to set aside time to study and really learn/understand all the material for the quizzes
Doing so will give me more time to learn the material.
I will quit waiting till the last minute to study
I've missed a couple homework assignments because I forget that they are due before midnight the day before class.
I should be ahead on my studies and prepare for tests earlier than the weekend before
Forgetting to do the reading assignments and that there is a quiz today. I tend to not do the surveys until it is too late. And sometime I don't study until 5 minutes before class. NOT SMART!
I am going to try to start studying sooner than the hour before the quiz that we have
Do the flashcards earlier/study over a longer period of time, instead of trying to flash memorize
I hope to procrastinate less. Get it done sooner.

The text book is not really necessary and has not really benefitted my success. I have read the chapters and they are pretty confusing but when I go to lecture class P. Dog re-explains the main concepts in an easy to comprehend manner. I probably will quit reading the text book.

i study but not to my full extent
don't fall asleep in class.
Sometimes Ispace out or I text or do stuff for other classes
i need to get a move on and start jiving with the reading

sleeping in class
I usually end up falling asleep, need to work my schedule out better!
night class, start dosing off, miss part of lecture = not understanding material

I need to stop becoming anxious and stressing out.

usually when i talk i miss something important in lecture

im always late by about 5-10 min. and im missing out on material

I can't pay attention if I'm on my phone the whole time!
phones are distracting

I probably watch a little bit too much tv any ways, so cutting back will equal more time for these surveys and class work.

Start word tags:
Ask for help if i need any.
I also plan to e-mail the questions before the test for feedback to see whether or not I understand the material or not.

flashcard questions ("peer instruction," "think-pair-share")
More studying involving the material
This will probably help me undertsand the material better
Gotta stop choosing "(Unsure/guessing/lost/help!)" and actually participate. lol
it will help me understand the material a lot better if i go over flashcard questions and email p-dawg to make sure i am on the right track for understanding the material
I will go over the online flashcards before quizzes and tests
Printing out the flashcard questions so I don't have to write them down in class would be nice, and emailing pdog my answers to the flashcard questions

I need to focus on the class, spend more time reading and studying.

in-class activities ("lecture-tutorials," "group worksheets")
The class activities pertain to the quizzes

more sleep
I need to get more sleep because I'm always tires in class.

Need to start reviewing notes that same night.
we dont really take notes in class so i dont get the benefit of rewriting my notes as a way to study, ill have to start taking notes on the chapters.
I need to remember to bring paper to class so i can take notes because i never have enough room in my astronomy book.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the interesting lecture and forget to take notes. This isn't a bad thing, since the lectures are very interesting, but I need to take better notes so I can recall the lecture weeks later.

Can't really think of anything else I can start doing since I am on track to getting a good grade in this class. I am just going to keep doing what I've been doing-flashcards, practice tests, paying attention in lecture, and staying involved in in-class group assignments.

not procrastinating
If I studying more throughout the week instead of just before quizzes, I would do better.
I am always procrasting and that isnt good, i will try harder to stop
Doing so will give me more time to learn the material.

I intend to start doing the projects.

Star reading the text book more often. I don't get a lot of the stuff on the quizzes because it was on stuff I should've read in the textbook.
I need to start re-reading the chapters in book so i can fully understand subject matter and actually be able to explain it.
I should probably start reading the chapter that corresponds to the reading assignment instead of just skimming the chapter for the answers.
I usually only read a chapter once or twice, from now one I will read them more often.
reading the chapters better and trying to retain what i have read
Textbooks usually provide a further understanding of the material.
i need to read that book!!

reading assignments ("just-in-time-teaching," "pre-reading")
make time to do reading assignment
i am going to start doing the reading assigments before tuesday. or at least tuesday DAY. that way i dont fall asleep on the couch and wake up after midnight pissed off that i forgot

I am going to start reviewing more after you lecture on something in class to help me better retain the information.
Trying to answer the pre mid term questions and sending you my answers to see how well im doing, and so that I have an idea of what I need to work on before the test.

study group
Before an exam I will try to get some people in the class together for a study group
i act like i know whats going on when i dont
I think I learn the best by explaining things to others, so group study sessions would be a good way for us all to learn together.

Studying more for tests will enable me to be better equiped to earn a higher grade.
just study to my full extent
studding more for the quizzes would help.
more studying gets better grades on tests/quizes
More studying=knowing the material better
Need to study more outside of class because we only meet once a week so it makes it hard to remember the information.
i need to study more and make sure i completely understand the material
beter scores = more points
I want to go to extra curricular activities and watch nerd geek star shows on Discovery Channel. Extra credit, meetings, star parties! Really nerd out and soak up what I am learning. Go to office hours, star parties, and meetings. Buy a telescope and make a name for myself in the universe. Become a true Nerd once and for all, stop pretending that I am cool.
not studying enough i guess.
It's getting harder and I need to study.

test better
If I do better on the tests I will also do better in the class.

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