Online reading assignment question: helpful/unhelpful astronomy midterm study tips

Astronomy 210, spring semester 2015
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.
"If you read the book when it's time almost after you've heard the story then it stick with you more"

"What helps me study is making sure I have everything I need. Having a computer near by so if something doesn't make sense I could watch videos. Eliminating all distractions, drinking water. Making sure you're not tired etc. No-brainer type stuff"

"all of the metaphors used to describe certain aspects of astronomy have helped me to remember them much more efficiently."

"I like drawing diagrams because they help me visualize what I'm learning, and when it is just regular notes I use highlighter to make certain topics pop."

"I really did like the doing the study session we did in class but the haiku were a bit confusiong but when we worked on the word problem that was really helpful it made me a little less nervous for the mid term and now I know what to expect when it comes to the word problems"

"Going over the in class activities has helped focusing the concepts in my mind Also the midterm short answer example questions helped a lot"

"Watching tv does not help you study. Looking over old quizzes will help."


"Going back through the online presentations as well as the book is helpful to cover the basics of what you need."

"I'm going to focus on the slides more than the book. The book's good for clarifying some things but I think there's a bit too much information in the book to make it a good study guide by itself. I like to cook so the analogies between space and food really hit home in ways I don't think the book ever could."

"Something that helps study during this midterm is doing the flashcard questions and going back on them as well as printing out in class activities and going back on those 2."

"Reviewing the quizzes will be essential!"

"It's helpful to go over slides and discuss things in class that the class as a whole is struggling with. It is helfpul to hear other class mates in put and thoughts/questions on things."

"Reviewing the keywords in the yellow boxes in the textbook."

"The online presentations help a lot and just reading over the book. The book has all the information we will need to know and if it's confusing at first just re-read those sections."

"Those practice quizzes are extremely helpful, both the in-class ones and the ones posted on the website."

"the different diagrams and visuals given (i.e. the moon phases and times picture was very helpful)"

"Having something tangible like the star wheel or drawing out the moon phases helps me when studying because it gives me something to apply it to in order to use my brain rather than the book parts of having to memorize the astronomers and their specific laws."

"It helps to be able to go back into the material and presentation previews/course material to review a few things. For instance, I can look back at the astronomers."

"I think it will help to study the old quizzes"

"The star wheel helps because I am able to try and find any constellation which helps me be more comfortable using it and being prepared to use it on the midterm."

"For me reviewing past exams has helped. Although, I am nervous about the 20 point questions and reviewing the examples on the blog is key."

"Going back over in-class activities and quizes"

"flash cards quiz"

"The little picture we made to find when the moon set and rose that day, also the moving pictures."

"Something that helps is drawing charts/diagrams over and over again so you memorize it"

"notes,textbook,youtube,google,previous tests"

"Reviewing in class is helpful but just re reading could help."

"It helps to group up with people that are good at explaining things. I wish we would have gone over more problems in class that would prepare us better."

"examples are amazing to have available. However I would love to have an answer key readily available on the site for the practice tests. That would make it so much more convienent and easier to study. In general I'm a bad test taker period I feel like I know my stuff however the way the test asks questions (the vagueness) for me is either going to save or destroy me. hopefully the earlier option."

"flash cards"

"Going over previous quizzes and using the study guide provided will be the key to me achieving a good grade on this exam. I don't think reading through the chapters in the book will do it for me honestly."

"group studying!"

"It helps to actually draw when thinking about the sun and moon phases for me. It just helps to not get confused in your own head."

"It really helped me to do the flashcard questions to study for the midterm!"

"Having all the in class activities and past quizzes online really helps with studying for the midterm because I can print them out and re do them to study."

"All of the pictures, drawings, and illustrations really help in understanding some tough concepts which might be harder to explain in words alone."

"Reading directly from the book has been helpful for me"


"I cannot figure out the flash cards to be used for which day, since they are posted on different days that do not correlate to the quizzes. I keep studying for the wrong test's because of this. I also find the blog difficult to navigate."

"Having the past essays to look at helped."

"Class discussions and activities help me learn the material."

"The short answer examples/answers are really helpful to study"

"It is extremely confusing to me how to use the star chart still, as well as how to answer the short answer questions, if you say there isn't a correct answer…?"

"Confused on how in you word some of the questions"

"I think the Review Questions in the book at the end of the chapter are much more specific than what you are looking for us to walk away with."

"It would have been more helpful to have a study guide like for the quizzes posted including the answers so I actually know if I'm getting the right answer."

"Any example with a picture or image that shows the actual process of what ever is being explained helps a lot. The quizzes online and midterm where great for studying, I feel a lot more confident now."

"Going over all of the quizzes is very helpful. Going over the flashcards is helpful. Studying with someone that knows what there talking about is helpful. Knowing the concepts is really helpful instead of just memorizing things."

"studying with a partner."

"Going through all of the quizzes and in-class activities is helpful."

"Going over the quizzes helps and looking over the past exam questions."

"Passion for the subject, if you have that you don't need flash cards or highlighters. It is incredible the amount of information one can retain and apply when fascination is the driving force in understanding."

"looking over sample questions"

"making a study guide by re writing notes and quizzes"

"not having PDOG present to help me study does no help!"


"tv doesn't help."

"Listening to music helps me study."

"Making flashcards."

"It helps me to read through my notes and the book a lot. I have a hard time remembering things for tests and quizzes and just need to do a lot of reading over what we do in class."

"Quizzes and practice quizzes really helped and also the sample short answer questions and answers from past semesters."


"the review in class we did was helpful!"

No comments: