Online reading assignment question: advice to future students

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. The following question was asked after the last lecture, but prior to the final exam.

Tell a student who is about to take this course next semester what he/she needs to know or to do in order to succeed in this course. (Graded for completion.)
"To do the flashcards questions in advance--they help so much--and to always ask questions if you do not understand something"

"Do your home work and always show up."

"Read the material. Draw diagrams and scales, anyway that will help you to memorize material."


"In order to do well in this course, basically pay attention and do the reading."

"Read the chapters assigned. And pay attention to the in-class activities."

"As long as you keep up with the book reading and the online reading assignments you should be able to get a good grade in the class."


"Always be on P-dog's blog as that is where he teaches his class and explains a lot of the more difficult things like absorption and emission spectra. His online website also has many other sources of information that you're tested on with examples too."

"Read the book, and go to class."

"In order to pass this class, just don't miss it. This class with this instructor (P-dog) talks about each subject for just the right amount of time in order for the average student that is paying attention to get a good grade on his quizzes and tests."

"Always do your online reading assignments, and go to class in order to get in-class activity points. By doing both you accumulate a lot of points and also begin studying earlier than those who don't do these things."

"Do not put off homework and do not forget to study the guides. Also I would let them know that P-dog is pretty awesome at teaching the subject!"

"You need to study hard to succeed as the key to success is work."

"Read the lessons, do well on midterms, OFFICE HOURS ARE AMAZING, and wear your galaxy shoes. They help. :)"

"Always/only cross-off one answer that is definitely wrong on every test!"

"Pay attention, come to class and ask questions."

"They should watch the Science Channel over summer to learn about stars and stuff. Like Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman."

"Use the practice quizzes and study them. Study the actual quizzes for the midterms. Study the midterms for the final. Boom!"

"Go to class."

"Make sure to always read the book before class so that you're prepared for the topic and the discussion for in-class activities. You'll have questions afterwards, but they will be answered in class. Way bether than learning in class, and then going home and reading and then you still have questions."

"Go to class! Most points come from class! So go to class and listen, do your homework assignments and readings and you're pretty much guaranteed to pass. Also study the practice quizzes because that's practically the quiz with everything done for you ahead of time."

"Read the lectures P-dog puts up and do the homework every week. Also read the book on occasion."

"Buy the book, Use the book, do the homework, ace the class."

"Do your homework"

"Do all the homework and go to class!"

"Read the book to understand each unit more clearly!"

"Go to all of the classes because P-dog explains everything that the book cannot. Don't forget to do the homework; I've woken up at 1 AM and cursed my fate cause I couldn't do the homework."

"Show up to class and study past quizzes and tests from previous semesters that he provides you with."

"I recommend that you print out the flashcard questions and fill them out while you go over some of them as a class, It's a big help when studying for an exam."

"You need to look at this course as one of the most necessary course any person could ever take. You must find that innate fascination for the universe within yourself. And if you can't do that, just find one thing you are fascinated about and learn everything you can about it, and all the concepts related to it. Eventually you'll find yourself retaining more than you thought possible."

"Keep up on the reading assignments and make sure you review P-dog's presentations before each class."

"Go to class at least in the beginning half of the semester to get a good grade started. Do the homework (easiest points possible). Take time to do some of the flashcard questions. P-dog will help you out a lot!"

"Definitely study for the quizzes and midterms the flash card questions are extremely helpful so utilize them. Don't miss class just because, going to class gets you easy points doing activities so don't waste that."

"Do the reading, preview the presentations, complete the assignments, go to class, and do the quiz flashcard questions. You get what you put into it."

"Take the time to do all the flashcard questions for quizzes and exams! With this class it's important to stay on top of the reading and do the homework assignments the night before it's due."

"Stay on top of the online homework!"

"Go to class and do your homework."

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