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

Physics 205A, 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.
"I just have been doing a lot of problems. It helps to spread them out over a period of days, and it also helps to do problems with another person., Then maybe do some on your own and then talk about the problems you had with your partner."

"Just repeat problems. Work through the tough problems, and try new ones."

"It helps that everything is related to each other. The further along that we go in the book, while the concepts become more challenging, all the previous material builds on itself to help understand those concepts."

"I like that you posted questions from previous midterms. I found the open problem-solving whiteboard sessions to be very helpful, along with the flashcards."

"Don't get stressed and panicky over the midterm. Just approach it casually like you would normally approach a quiz. The rest will follow."

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