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

Physics 205B, spring semester 2014
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.
"Working out problems that help demonstrate the relationship between variables/parameters"

"Creating a study guide as you go through what will be on the test. Like a cheat sheet."

"Something that helps is going over notes and focusing on last springs midterm as well as the questions mentioned on monday in the calender."

"Remembering the ray tracings help a lot!"

"the previous years mid term was super helpful"

"Repetition, repetition, repetition.."

"Doing the homework in class on the whiteboards was definitely the biggest help. It brought together everything I learned in class and helped me know exactly what I needed more practice with."

"The worked out problems from past midterms"

"Going over class notes, especially notes taken on example problems, were really helpful. Also photos that were posted of notes you wrote on the board were also great review."

"knowing what problems are on the midterm is really helpful, but i would like to see more description on why the answers are p because sometimes the student reached it algebraically and i need a theoretical answer."

"The tinker toy teaching aid was a good tangible model of unpolarized waves."

"Well, mainly, studying what you have outlined for us and working out the problems in your blog."

"I found it helpful to do all the example problems from previous years, as they are comparable to the difficulty of problems that will likely be on the midterm."

"it does not help to study last minute but it does help to go through all the review problems and try to do them more than once until you do not need to look at any notes"

"Using the online blog helps the most by far."

"Get a big study group and work out problems on a white board and talk to each other about any confusion about concepts."

"its helpful to know what topics are on the exam"

"Past similar questions are posted from the midterm these seem like a great way to get an idea of how well you have to know the concepts."

"Drinking caffine is said to improve exam scores because it allows the mind to focus longer than the average 20 minutes as well as retention of material has been shown to improve with those that have caffine."

"Doing the practice problems helps me the most."

"Even you don't really feel like it, sometimes you just have to fight your better senses and just dive right into the practice midterm and past lectures in order to improve the things that need improvement the most. Not going to lie, I get frustrated when I cannot immediately figure out an equation or concept, but it does not do any good just to throw it to the side and tell yourself you will deal with that crap later. Do it now! With a little determination, you are totally capable of figuring it out!"

"Not having the key for the flashcard questions doesn't help. But the explanations for certain quiz questions on the blog does help."

"Doing practice problems helps tremendously!!"

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