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

Physics 205B, spring semester 2016
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 really easy way to keep up with class is to look at the Khan Academy videos on the topic you're studying BEFORE lecture. The professor always goes over a few examples in class, but it helps to see extra videos synthesize several steps at once so during class time you can help the students around you. I found this especially helpful when going over circuits."

"Not being sick would help"


"Reading the text and blog helped me refresh my memory. "

"Watching YouTube videos on the different topics and doing practice problems really helped me when studying for this midterm."

"It would be very helpful to go over more on the online reading assignment and discuss more on the main concepts. really calming music. 'Something' by Julien Baker gets me ready."

"I definitely appreciate being given the block of sample questions for hw the day before our review class for the midterm. It gives us the general form/type of questions that will be on the midterm, then all we have to do for studying is fill in the blanks about all of the parameters that are solved for or highlighted in the example question. Those sample questions are the basis to how I start my studying for these midterms. "

"Working out problems and also writing down the concepts help me understand the math and concepts for each problem. Writing down a cheat sheet with basic concepts to know. And rules to follow"

"Print out the practice problems or sit at a computer with the problem in front of you, and attempt the problem without looking at any notes or the answer. Be honest with yourself and try to answer the problems going through each one. Then go back and grade yourself using the rubric P-dog has up, and see where you slack the most. Go to those sections and do whatever it is you gotta do to understand that subject."

"Learn the same topic in different ways. One way may click with you better than an other."

"Studying with classmates helps a bunch."

"Seeing example 'p' responses from previous students helps me a lot while studying."

"Going over the blogs."

"I think homework really helps, gets you practicing whats important. "

"I thought that doing practice problems was really helpful for this section, and also going over the reading assignments and the worksheets because they tend to go into the conceptual stuff a little bit more than the quizzes."

"I like the practice problems. Would like a study guide with definitions of everything and equations on one to 2 pages"

"I really like the blog section for the midterm because it shows us what exactly to be prepared for."

"Attending lectures for worked out examples makes all the difference."

"I really like going over the example midterm question you post it helps me figure out what I'm solid on and what I need to go over before the midterm tomorrow"

"I know from last semester that going through the assigned problems and the worksheets is incredibly helpful."

"Repetition is the key. I also really appreciated having the opportunity to talk to you last class about the problems I was struggling with, especially since I have difficulty attending your office hours."

"Listening to Miley Cirus doesn't help much. She was better last semester with pendulums."

"The practice questions for the midterm help a lot to see examples of what people have said to get full credit points."

"I find it helpful to review all of the previously posted problems and to work through them, making sure I understand 1) what the problem is making 2) how to approach the problem 3) how to execute correctly. I typically review these problems and assigned homework when studying for the quizzes."

"I just practice the example problems."

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