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

Astronomy 210, fall 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.
"Flashcards! I use them for virtually every class I take. Without flashcards, I'd probably retire as a McDonald's® manager."

"We need to do more in study groups for those not getting where they need to be."

"Study off the previous quizzes and work on the flashcard questions."

"I think not getting overwhelmed will help and just focusing on the topics that will be on the mid term."

"Do you know what really helps? Actually studying. In all seriousness, going over one topic each day that will be covered on the midterm until the midterm actually takes place is a good way to review information without actually overwhelming your brain."

"Re-reading notes from class, teachers have a way of re-emphasizing important points so of it shows up twice or more in your notes it's probably important to fully understand."

"Doing the online reading assignments is very helpful when it comes right down to it. I find I retain info better that way. I can now go back over some of those and double check that I learned them well."

"I read somewhere, that having your flashcard questions would be key. I do hope so."

"Notes and the astronomy book will definitely help."

"Practice, practice, practice the practice tests."

"I think the reviews in class is the most helpful for midterm because at first the star wheel was a little confusing but know last class cleared everything up."

"It helps that I saved my flashcards I made for the previous quizzes and that I saved my old quizzes. Hopefully studying my past wrong answers on quizzes will help me do well."

"I find that simply going through your presentations helps immensely."

"Flashcards are helpful"

"Working in group or with someone else, who really knows?"

"Visuals and in-class activities. Being able to actually see what will be on the exams and being super prepared. Practicing the starwheels and re-examing the moon phases will help alot. I need to do well its important to me."

"Class review session."

"What helps me to study is an ice-cold beer! also knowing the material also helps sometimes too. I find that studying with a group of friends benefits me the most."

"Answering flashcard questions really does help."

"Eat a good meal before you study and before the test!"

"Reading the book and studying the previous quizes and quiz packets is helping me study for the midterm."

"The flashcard questions coupled with the review quizzes have really helped me prepare for the midterm since my old job had kept me from attending the first three quizzes."

"Looking back at my notes and trying to redraw all of the diagrams from memory. "

"It doesn't help if you miss class a lot because important stuff is taught that will be on the midterm."

"It helps to go over previous slides on the website and also to study with friends."

"Sample midterm questions and the class Twitter feed.""

"It helps a ton to review past quizzes by changing the parameters of the questions in order to elicit a new answer."

"Going over old quizzes and notes helps me study a lot."

"Models or diagrams really help visualize a concept. "

"I do not know if there is a sample midterm on this website but that could be helpful, or a study guide."

"It helps taking a lot of notes in class, especially of specific examples of problems we do in class. That really helps when I'm going through my notebook and I see how certain problems are solved."

"Don't second-guess. Usually your first thought is the right one."

"I love the sample test/quizzes, I feel as though these have always set me up with a more central focus when preparing, and in doing so, has narrowed my studying to core concepts and methods that I may not have found so 'important' otherwise."

"Something that is going to benefit me is looking at the quizzes we have taken and making sure I understand all of the concepts discussed using my notes and the lectures. The second thing is getting together and talking about the concepts."

"Reviewing the quizzes and flashcard questions helped me."

"I recently quit my job. My soul feels better."

"Don't wait until the last day or two to start studying. It takes time for your mind to hold onto information. I make try to have everything memorized and make sure that I am ready by the end of the the day before of the exam. It doesn't help you to wait till the last minute cramming everything into your brain that you can. The way to commit anything to memory is to over time continuously go over different facts or concepts so your mind can commit those ideas to long term memory. This in turn will enable you to use that information not only on the exam, but also on future situations."

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