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

Astronomy 210, fall semester 2012
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.

The following question was asked in the week subsequent to the first midterm.

Selected/edited responses are given below.

Describe something notable that either helped or did not help with studying for this midterm. Selected comments may be discussed in class.
"Diagrams for moon phases and times highest overhead. The snowboarder model. Basically any diagram that helps me visualize what is happening."

"I found that looking back over previous semesters' exam questions was very helpful. Also, the past in-class activities were quite useful in studying for this midterm."

"The flashcards are really helpful! It's like taking a pre-test on each subject."

"I got together with a study group. This helped a ton."

"Reviewing this semester's quizzes and understanding why you got an answer wrong or right, and being able to explain it simply to yourself."

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