Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Students have a bi-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.
Give a piece of advice to yourself at the start of next semester on what you should do (the same, or differently) in order to succeed in Physics 205A/B (or similar science courses). (Graded for completion.)
"Attend class, that definitely keeps you up with the material, and helps a lot in the tests. Doing the homework cautiously and just studying a lot too!"
"Study for your midterms because I got 60/75 on each one."
"Show up, go to lab, do homework assignments, and just do what you usually would to succeed in a course."
"Keep up/ahead on reading assignments and attendance from early on the semester."
"Meet with a study group and a tutor more often."
"Showing up everyday helps! I didn't really need the textbook except for occasional reference."
"You should continue to do all the assigned homework, you should study for the quizzes and midterms. You should take more time to fully go through the textbook so that you can better understand the material."
"Do all the homework, labs, and quizzes this will help a lot in the course. Study, study, study."
"Just make time to do the online homework and reading. It really isn’t that bad or difficult. Just quit procrastinating and you’ll be fine."
"Keep doing the homework and going to class. But honestly read more and do more practice problems to be familiar with everything in the problem."
"Practice problems often. Review notes online on the blog and talk with the teacher and embedded tutor often."
"Keep up on the post-lab reports."
"Make an outline that briefly, but accurately expresses the main topics for each concept. Practice using the equations for each concept and apply the equations to your understanding of the topic."
"Don't be afraid to get a tutor for this class."
"Not taking course."
"Don’t procrastinate so much, and actually study more."
"Practice prior year's quizzes and exams! Also, really know each equation, what it is used for, and what the symbols in the equation stand for. "
"I would advise myself to study more about the laws and things that make something true in physics (for example newtons laws). I would also say don't just learn that something works because of something, learn why it works because of that specific thing."
"You've got it! Stop freaking out, be constant and anticipate!"