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.)
"Study previous exams, review chapters after reading them once. Take notes while reading on flashcards. Ask questions! Review class assignments prior to going to class."
"Before each quiz do the quiz question packets--that is the best way to study for the quizzes, and also go to all of the classes. P-dog does really well at explaining everything."
"Make it to class, do the online reading assignments, spend time reading, get involved. Your teacher is there to help you."
"Do reading assignments in advance before class. Attend all class lectures and pay attention. Take good notes and don't forget to study and review. Keep every quiz and use them to study for exams"
"Do the reading assignments on time."
"Study and go over the online presentations and reading assignments before class, it will make learning things much easier."
"Stay on top of the assignments and if anything seems confusing, like how much the website/blog is used, or the format of the practice quizzes, contact P-dog right away. He is there to help! He obviously enjoys teaching, that's refreshing. But if you get confusing about using the website/blog, ask, don't wait! (I'm still trying to decipher it all!)"
"Go to class!"
"One must do the reading assignments. It helps to identify the key points of the reading, and help clarify some questions before going to class."
"Do not forget about the online reading assignments, they can really hurt/help your grade."
"Reading assignments, show up to class, and study for the quizzes."
"Have a study buddy who knows what they're doing and can help you study for the tests. do online reading."
"Show up to class and participate in group assignments/practice quizzes."
"Study/prepare for the quizzes! They are essential in this class and will really help you know the material on tests!"
"Go to class! And don't be afraid to use the online resources. The quiz and test archives are there to help you succeed."
"I think learning how to use the starwheel would be a good skill to have. The starwheels can tell a lot about astronomy, and think that learning how to use the starwheel is important."
"Don't get caught up in all the various subjects. Eat this thing one bite at a time."
"Don't miss class, as the in-class assignments are fun, and will learn material better than reading the book. Keep quizzes and test (in-class assignments if possible) as they are great study material."
"Do not procrastinate. Do not give up. Every point you can gain is worth it. Whether you've maxed out your points and are using it as practice, or you're actually getting points for your final grade, don't waste any opportunity."
"Familiarize yourself with and make good use of the course website. And don't be afraid to ask the instructor lots of questions :)"
"Don't forget to do the reading assignments and study for every quiz."
"Make sure you do the reading assignments, and go to class and take the quizzes. "
"Come to class, do these assignments, and try (but fail no matter how hard you try) to grow a better mustache than P-dog."
"Read. It really helps."
"Go to class, do the online work, talk to the people in your groups, and be grateful this is a chill-ass astronomy class."
"You need to actually study and do the reading assignments."