Online reading assignment question: advice to future students

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. 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.)
"Do all of the blogs and reading assignments before class and take advantage of office hours."

"Do all of the reading assignments and come to class! It is awesome!"

"Study the links P-dog gives before the midterms/final. They help immensely."

"The material may seem hard but there is no busy work in this class. There is a small amount of actual work and if you actually do it and understand it you will do well. P-dog knows his stuff and he knows what works. His grading system is awesome, because you really earn your grade. DO WHAT IS ASSIGNED FROM THE BEGINNING."

"Attend classes, do online homework, and studying."

"Show up, really care about what is going on and the subject matter, call him P-dog, ALWAYS do the homework, practice do all the above, and life in class will rock! I am thinking about taking more with P-dog, he's chill!"

"Re-read the quizzes, and make a study group!"

"The only thing you need to know is that you will be able to learn and have fun."

"Read the textbook, and take notes as you do. If you can read before the class presentations on the topic, you will be able to ask all the questions you need to. Take advantage of the quiz questions given to you to study."

"Reading assignments and show up to class."

"Relax and have fun don't overstudy, don't overestimate the difficulty of this course. read read read!! Do your online homework and go to class. Take thorough notes!!!"

"Do the online homework for cryin' out loud."

"Do all the online surveys and go to class for the participation points!"

"I would tell them to make sure to do the readings and ask questions in class if they did not understand something from the homework."

"Do the homework and study past tests for the midterms."

"Make sure to do the reading assignments ahead of time. I kept forgetting about them."

"In order to succeed study previous quizzes for the midterms."


"In order to succeed in this course, ask questions. It may seem like cliché, but chances are someone is probably thinking the exact same thing."

"In order to succeed in this course, you only need a few basic tips. Stay on top of reading assignments, I would even go as far as saying to set reminders on your phone because it is simple to forget in the rush of things. I also suggest falling into the subject matter, do not just learn terms and definitions, instead this course challenges you to knowing things in depts. It is not a surface level subject, so you can not give surface level commitment. Also, just have fun, P-dog will have interesting and informational lectures that should help you without a doubt succeed in this course."

"You need to show up for class, participate, and study for quizzes and tests."

"It's very long at night."

"Yo, this isn't astrology, so get that out of your head. Show up to class, do the work, don't procrastinate, listen and take notes, study hard and this class is a breeze. Fail to do any of these steps and don't be surprised when your grade starts to slip. But hey, it's one night a week so it can't be to hard to stay on top of things."

"Really prepare for the quizzes and take advantage of office hours."

"Keep up with the assignments and show up to all the classes. Having the ability to ask questions really helps understand the information at the time, rather than skipping class and do the reading and not being able to clarify the parts you don't fully understand."

"Love the subject you're learning about, have a curious mind, and ask questions when you don't get it. (You have an awesome instructor and helpful group members around you to help you out!)"

"Learn how to take notes during long lectures and make sure to go to every class in order to do well in this course."

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