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

Physics 205B Reading assignment 14, spring semester 2013
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.
"the explanation of the problems helps, better when we do the whole problem start to finish in terms of things to think about or look for when setting up to do a problem"

"Working with a study group!"

"going over the blogs helps because they explain concepts. P-dogs tests are very conceptual, so they help a lot"

"Using the answer key for the textbook helps me better understand how to go about a problem."

"having worked out solutions to related problems helps me study and understand the material better."

"Going over the quizzes helps, the flashcard questions help when you have the correct answers."

"practice midterm and the study guide"

"four exams this week"

"Going over the previous quizzes and seeing previous years tests are quite helpful."

"Studying practice problems help. I like working out problems, but the conceptual material is sometimes hard to figure out how to study for. I can sort of gain insite from doing work out problems to understand the concepts."

"Online websites, reviewing your quizzes, and reading the text books."

"Everything is pretty well explained regarding what is going to be covered, i just procrastinated a lot! :("

"The worked out equations from past midterms have been really helpful. I find them to be useful when you are stuck on similar problems."

"The practice time to do problems as groups is always helpful, and the time in lab to use the formulas is helpful."

"cramming doesnt help in the test."

"study groups"

"It helps the most to go over what we work on in class with the problems and the steps to go about them, otherwise the material can be overwhelming of where to focus."

"Being in class is a huge help. As long as I'm in class, I learn something."

"Doing practice problems is helpful. Study groups tend to be unproductive, so they are not helpful!"

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