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

Physics 205A, fall 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.
"a brief definition of each term and when to use it"

"similar questions to the midterm questions"

"For future reference, some kind of study guide involving various relationships such as F = Ma, etc"

"I think your examples from previous tests with worked out answers will help me study for this midterm."

"Don't go on a trip to Vegas during your flex days and not study like I just did. The longer you stay away from your studying, the harder it will be to review everything. (By, the way, I got a day pass rode the roller coaster at the New York-New York hotel a total of 18 times one night. Several times I kept thinking about gravitational potential energy and how I should be studying physics instead of riding this thing over and over.)"

"Doing practice oroblems is the only way I feel prepared."

"More sample problems worked out!!!"

"The fact that very few houses in this area have air conditioning will not help me study for this midterm."

"Although there was ample time to study, due to the flex days, I would have preferred to take the exam before a five-day weekend, prone to vacation, partying, and such..."

"The flipped class concept is difficult and confusing for me."

"Get away from distractions and lose your self into the world of physics."

"Reading/studying the blogs, posts, ect. on the waiferx site FIRST and then studying out of the book has helped me. I focused more on the book before recently and I think it has helped me to use the website first then the book. To start with the book made physics way too confusing for someone like me with absolutely NO physics or science background (only math)."

"Group studying"

"Don't really know what this question is asking from me but I need to study a ton for this midterm"

"Writing down key point of each subject helps to be more organized. Every time I come across something important I write it down so I don't get confused about the other less important stuff in the book."

"The problems that were posted to help us study were very helpful, i just hope the problems on the midterm will be similar to these problems!!!!!"

"Something that would help, would having more example problems that I could practice similar to the ones on the exam because the book does not have a good sample problem set."

"I just need to review all the reading and notes as well as some example problems."

"I have studied the review many times, and I have gone over the definitions as well to make sure I have a good grasp on all of the material."


"One of the things that helped me was to go over the summary of each section in the book then if there was a term I didn't understand I would write it down for later."

"Feverant outside help"

"I will be reading the text, drawing flamboyant diagrams, and trying out practice problems. I hope these methods will be effective."

"Just going over class notes and mostly example problems that we did in class."

"Going through the definitions of all the notable terms, especially for the short answer topics."

"I want more examples with explainations."

"A specific study guide would help"

"Some more cool YouTube videos that illustrate the concepts in class, would make it easier to learn."

"Other textbooks, for some reason I don't like the one we are using."

"Review on a topic that was missed most by previous classes."

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