Online reading assignment question: keep, quit, start

Astronomy 210, spring semester 2014
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "keep" resolutions generated by responses from Astronomy 210 students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, spring semester 2014 (www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/7702236/Untitled).

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "quit" resolutions generated by responses from Astronomy 210 students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, spring semester 2014 (www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/7702233/Untitled).

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Wordle.net tag cloud for "start" resolutions generated by responses from Astronomy 210 students at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, spring semester 2014 (www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/7702232/Untitled).

Students were asked to answer a "keep-quit-start" online reflection (hosted by SurveyMonkey.com) on their studying strategies/pitfalls (Mubayiwa, 2009).
Enter a word or brief phrase that describes what you intend to keep doing to study for this class. Explain your answer to the above question (what you intend to keep doing to study for this class).

Enter a word or brief phrase that describes what you intend to
quit doing to study for this class. Explain your answer to the above question (what you intend to quit doing to study for this class).

Enter a word or brief phrase that describes what you intend to
start doing to study for this class. Explain your answer to the above question (what you intend to start doing to study for this class).
[Word tags have been edited to consolidate related common subjects; student explanations are verbatim.]

Keep word tags:
      I really do care about my grade in this class. And i actually find it interesting, so I plan on to keep caring about the material covered in class.

      Continue to read my assigned chapters, show up to class, and study for my quizzes.

flashcard questions ("peer-instruction," "think-pair-share")
      I have gotten very high scores on every quiz and test in this class because I have used the flashcard questions for each quiz to study. These questions help me to focus on what I need to know instead of overwhelming myself with too much of the hefty information. Since I have received such good results from studying these, I plan to continue to do so.
      Not only am I determined to keep doing this but doing it more. I've already started to study for upcoming quizzes by printing out the flashcards which I've only done twice before. Other quizzes I just studied my notes and the flashcards are a definite help, I just never give myself enough time to finish all the questions, so take more time for them is my plan.
      Flashcards have really helped me because that forces me to actually find the answers by myself. I also really like how we can send you our answers, and the ones we got wrong you help explain them to us.
      The FCQ help me alot in studying and preparing for the tests.
      Reviewing the flashcard questions helps gear me towards what i need more review on an what I'm okay with. The in class activities help solidify information and work out any kinks utilizing peers.
      I have recently found it very helpful to print the flash card questions so that i can keep notes while participating in class. These flashcard questions are a great way to study for the quizes and i feel more prepared when i am actively working on them.

      The answer is simple, my goal is a 4.0 gpa this semester and so my goal in this class is an A. In order to do that I must remind myself of the bigger picture of getting a 4.0 gpa and by staying focused on that it will help me succeed in this class and others.

go to class
      There really should be no reason for Me to miss class, so I'll show up when iI'm supposed to and participate in every lecture.
      So much material is presented in lectures that is present on the tests and necessary to really understand concepts as a whole, rather than as vocabulary terms. Without going to class I don't see how someone could ever get a grasp on what we're learning.
      I feel that showing up to class helps the most, as it should. All the slide shows and lectures, in-class assignments, flash card questions all help a lot more than anything I could do at home.
      This is where I do the majority of my learning in the class, and it is also what keeps the material in my mind the best. I do not learn from simply reading, I need to do it, and this provides a perfect solution to my problem.
      I am going to study harder so i can succeed on my quizzes and make sure that I'm not only doing the in class assignments but understanding them as well.
      I to keep coming to class. Considering this class is only 1 night a week, I am going to try to never miss it because we do cover so much information during once class.
      I intend to continue going to each class, study, and ask the questions I have.
      I intend to keep attending class and paying attention to whats going on. I actually retain information that way. I need to print off the group assignments so i can fill out a copy to keep it with me to study from.
      I definitely learn the material best in class, it's much easier to understand it when you explain it and we do the activities than just doing the reading.

      The reading homework and presentations seem to be the foundation for the class.
      I have not performed the absolute best I can on certain past quizzes and at times forgot to complete the online reading assignments. I have made sure to improve at these things the last couple weeks and intend to KEEP doing these things to become even more successful in the second half of the course than the first.
      I'm usually pretty good at completing the weekly reading assignments and plan on keeping that up in order to keep earning points.
      i intend to complete every pre-read and prefab on time before every class.

      I've noticed lately whilst taking this class that I've taken note of the moon and its stages much more frequently while outside of class than I ever have before. It helps me get into an astronomical mind set which helps me study.

pay attention
      This class is one where you have to keep your ears open. Keep on the studying and converse with your fellow classmates.
      While I'm in class, I try to devote my full attention to the task at hand so I will understand when the test comes around.
      This class is all about the in class activities and being prepared for them. As long as I keep reading and being prepared for class, I will get an A.
      I normally listen pretty well but there are times when it goes in one ear and out the other, so hopefully if I keep paying attention and listen, I'll do better in this class.
      I consist focus on the topic on hand which is helpful in group activities

practice exams
      I intend to continue doing the practice quizzes to prepare for quizzes, midterms, and the final.

      Reading the text and taking notes from the textbook, is really valuable to my success because once I have taken the notes I can go back and study them.
      Re-read the text and review material often.
      I can KEEP doing my homework by reading the chapters and going over the presentations that we do in class.

      I am a diligent student who is pretty well able to manage my time and energy. I consistently go over material discussed in class, in addition to printing up in-class assignments i need more review of and make it a point of printing and completing all of the various quiz flashcard questions. Plus, i genuinely want to do well.

study group
      I have been working with a group of people from the class on studying and a lot of it is me answering questions they have about astronomy. For the most part I can answer the questions and explain it to them so they understand. This helps me learn and helps them learn and I think thats been the most helpful in succeeding in this class.

      I have studied a lot so I feel I know the material and my quiz score backs that up so I intend to continue doing that and asking questions really trying to understand concepts.
      Study my material more carefully as I do not have the right book, and it took me awhile to adjust to the online parts of the course.
      I am not such a smart person that I get good grades without studying the material. It is the time that I spend outside of class reinforcing the knowledge that helps me succeed the most! In order to get a lot out of a class, I have to put all the necessary time into studying the material.
      Need to keep knowing the material sufficiently to score well on those things!
      So mastering the material for me means, keep reading all the presentations, assigned reading and do all the pre-lecture material. Don't just go through the motions, really try and absorb what is being taught so I can be ready to answer essay questions.
      i need to study a bit harder to earn the score i want.

take notes
      I use my notes a lot to study for quizzes and tests so i'm going to keep taking notes in class because it helps me understand things later when i'm not in class.
      I have been going over the presentations and notes I take during class discussion, and it has been helping me to succeed in this class.
Quit word tags:
      I know everyone has busy schuldues but if I looked over the reading once a night before I went to bed I would not have to study as hard when I cram it all into one night.

      I have a hard time paying attention in class because I randomly drift off somewhere SOMETIMES. So I hope to get out of that random habit and focus more.

      I can QUIT multi- tasking and focus on each class and pay attention so I know the subjects more. Pay attention and ask questions when needed so I know the correct answers.

my job
      i recently was working 40 hours a week and i couldn't keep up with my school work, so i quit my job and found a new more accommodating one.

not asking questions
      When I don't understand a topic I tend to not ask for help, and try to figure it out for myself-which usually doesn't work. I'm going to quit doing this.

not reading
      Even though I do not learn the best from simply reading, it is still important to get the foundation of the lesson to build up on it. I cannot simply make something out of nothing.

      I always put off the reading. I think I will retain more if I read a few days before and retread if I don't understand something than waiting til the night before to read.
      I tend to procrastinate all my classes and come up with excuses on why I cant work on things for the classes, but I need to stop procrastination, lets hope I don't procrastinate that too.
      Come to class more prepared and begin studying for quizzes,etc sooner.
      I tend to wait till the last minute for everything.
      I have been losing easy points because I put off doing the reading assignments and then I forget and it's too late. I need to just do it right as soon as I have a gap of free time.
      I've been a procrastinator my entire life and yes I'll admit. I guess I intend to quit procrastinating until Tuesday, yet with work its always tends to happen. I will attempt to stop.
      I need to stop procrastinating and waiting till the last minute to study for quizzes and tests and I should do my reading over the weekend before its due.
      I wait till the last minute to get ready for quizzes and I really shouldn't. So i'm going to try and start studying a least a day before the quiz or test.
      This is my busiest semester ever at 5 classes. Astronomy is the only class I have 1 day a week (as well as lab, but that's all done in-class with no homework). I try to do all my other stuff and usually end up saving Astronomy stuff for last.
      A few times I've crammed all of the reading and studying to a day before class. It's really stressful to have to conquer that much information in one day and try to remember it. Even though I don't have class all day Wednesday (the day before) I still need to remember to space out my studying and reading because it's really just too hard on myself to do it all in one day.
      Stop rushing the homework and reading, and giving myself more time to complete the study questions by beginning them sooner.
      I tend to procrastinate studying until the day or night before the test or quiz, and I need to actually put more time into studying!
      I wait too long to read the book and it is too late.
      I need to not put studying off until the day before. I don't do this all the time, but often enough that I would consider it a problem I need to address! When I put things off until the last it makes it so I am rushed and stressed and the time that I do spend studying is thereby not as effective.
      Last quiz i began studying a few days in advance and noticed a substantial positive change in my quiz score.
      Sometimes I will wait last minute to start reading.
      I need to quit procrastinating and quit waiting till the last moment to do the online reading assignments.
      Stop leaving everything to the last minute, do assignments and studying days before the class they are due, so then I can review the day before class.
      I've been struggling with procrastinating lately due to a busy schedule which makes me want to relax and take breaks. But I have to keep reminding myself that I can't put things off till the last minute.
      I need to stop waiting until the last minute to do the online homework or study for quizzes.
      I intend to start doing my homework such as online reading assignments as early as time permits to fully understand the content of the course without the pressure of finishing before the assigned due date. This involves QUITTING to do my reading assignments the night before they are due.

      I tend to rush through the presentations as fast as I can in order to get my homework done quickly, and I really need to slow down and re-read.
      I've been skimming the reading just enough to do the homework and then telling myself I'll go back and read it in full after class. Problem is I only go back sometimes, and even then it's usually not until right before the quiz/test and it's too much information to inhale. I need to quit slacking!
      Read more patiently so I don't miss ez points.

skip class
      I've missed more class than I would like for various reasons and I don't consider some of my absences to be worth it
      I'm going to go to class and quit being a lazy bum and miss out on taco wednesday because i work during taco tuesday.
     I have class on Wednesdays from 11-8, and sometimes it's hard to stay motivated to stay the entire day. I get tired and hungry and just want to go home.

      It is not a good idea to just look at the presentations and skim the reading! I need to spend more time with the book!
      slacking gets you 15/40 on quizzes!
      I sometimes just skim chapters instead of reading... I'll stop that.
      I am gonna spend more time preparing for the next midterm and the quizzes.
      I intend to quit making excuses of why I have no time to study and why I cannot grasp the information, i just need to put in the time and effort and make myself do it so that I can walk away with a good grade and some great knowledge.
      i need to not be lazy and not study

stressing out
      This class is kind of difficult because of all of the new terms, diagrams, theories, and astronomers. I am the kind of person that tends to get overwhelmed and feel anxiety if I don't understand something immediately. This is was happened for the first three quizzes and I did really bad on them. I am going to quit getting so stressed out and try to take the course section by section. Also, I think if I QUIT skimming the book and START reading it, this will help a lot.
      Sometimes all the separate reading assignments between this class and the lab feel like a lot, but i manage to do them every week with relative ease so its nothing to really stress over.

      I'll spend less time watching TV, and replace that with studying.

      I find that it is best not to worry about this class (or any for that matter) just prepare myself the best that i can for what's to come. At the beginning of the semester, i did not feel too well about this class because the teaching method felt odd and foreign to me - somewhat cold. I was apprehensive and wondered if the material would eventually sink in. Well, little by little, it has and now i enjoy this class because I'm more comfortable and familiar with the flow. There are still moments of overwhelm with the concepts, but i realize that's just the nature of the subject. I worry less about how well i will do in the class and consequently I am doing ok.
Start word tags:
ask questions
      Ask more questions to P-dog in class, at the end of class and even in office hours. I have endless amounts of questions and I feel P-dog has endless amounts of answers.

      I want to read the trxt earlier so I can comprehend it better. I'm going to start studying materials right before class on quiz days, that way I have everything fresh in my mind!
      I've always sort of struggled to keep on consistent reading, I tend to more read in bulk periods of time. Otherwise known as "cramming".
      Get prepared before it hits so I can maintain points!
      I intend to START studying several nights a week a little at a time to guarantee my success on exams given throughout the rest of the semester in this course.
      i have a tendency to procrastinate so i intend to start getting a head start on homework and assignments.

      I want to get an A in the class so I'm going to start doing any and all extra-credit available!

flashcard questions ("peer-instruction," "think-pair-share")
      I am going to start making it a habit to complete the flashcard packets before each quiz. I did this for quiz #4 and I did really well on it. Also, I started printing out the in class activities so that I can take a completed copy home for future reference.

go to class
      I have been missing too many classes due to medical reasons but I intend on starting to have good attendance again. I will also try to explain things more in group settings rather than just listening to what the other people have to say about how they got the answer.
      Show up for your lecture. When I come to class, I do not have to study nearly as much and the concepts are much more clear.
      Actually i think i only missed on class and that was because of a really bad case of poison oak. But having missed it is bothering me.

in-class activities
      I need to study more and make sure I understand the worksheets we do in class, since those are what we need to know along with flashcards questions for the test!

manage time
      Ok, this is something I realize half way through EVERY semester and you'd think I'd learn. I am doing slightly better in this area but not quite good enough to be satisfactory! I always spend time studying in my larger windows of time, but in waiting for those time blocks I allow homework and studying to stack up. If I made more use of smaller time blocks and had daily vs. weekly studying goals I am sure it would break it up more and make it all less overwhelming.
      I have a super busy school/work schedule so I need to figure out how to set aside more time for my schoolwork.

pay attention
      Paying more attention to the in class activities and making sure that I either take a copy home or take a picture so I can recall later what we did in class.
      This astronomy class is a long one and it runs right through dinner time, these two factors work against me being able to pay attention and stay focused during the class. I will start reminding myself of my goal and that paying attention will help in the long run.

      I'm going to look over the presentations and blogs more often.
      I plan to read more of the text instead of just skimming.
      I'm going to start reading the chapters better. I start out pretty good and I would read them all but lately I have been skimming and I need to start reading the whole chapter again so I get all the information and not just pieces of it. I think it will help me understand the class better.
      I skim through the book stuff, or will read up something that goes with in-class assignments. Reading should probably help me, because it's the only thing I'm really cutting anything out of for this class.
      I'm not very good at reading comprehension especially when its a large amount of material. I need to start giving myself more time to read everything fully and clearly and to take notes as I go along. Reading more would help my overall better understanding of the material. I need to give myself more time to complete everything I need to do at home.
      As well as this class I'm taking four other challenging classes, and because this class is one day a week I tend to push the reading until it is too late. By not reading I'm not fully understanding the topics, so I'm going to start reading.
      (Honestly) I tend to spend most of my time studying in this class by reading the presentations. I have been doing quite well so far, but I know I need to start actually reading the book. It's hard because my other class loads are heavy as well, and its hard to find the time to sit and read *especially when I hate reading*. Though, I do intend to start reading the book in order to succeed or at least do better in class.

      I should start reviewing everything we have learned and taking notes on it again. I think that on the midterm I got a little messed up when I had to do things we first learned because I hadn't reviewed it enough.
      I need to start going over more regularly lecture material and notes I take in the book because I get them at the time but mentally lose the concepts by the time the test rolls around.
      Review and go over my notes, textbook, and study guides beforehand so they are fresh in my mind, making sure to highlight or note the important concepts to look over later on instead of the entire passage.

study group
      I can START doing better by studying more for the quizzes to make sure I know everything. I can also study more with others so they can help if I have questions and we can work together to study and get the correct answers.

      I'm going to study harder and hopefully succeed in this class and start being more efficient in this class
      I need to start studying well before the quizzes and tests in order to improve my grade.

take notes
      Taking notes because there are stuff you say in the lecture that is important to what is on the quiz or midterm and I won't be getting it down on paper to read it later when I come to that point to study. So I hope to start taking more notes and start asking questions if I don't understand something.
      I am beginning to take more thorough notes from our assigned reading sections. I find that I can clarify materials to myself by going over them outside of class in my own time and rhythm. This seems to be helping me retain and absorb the material better.
      Write down review terms and quizzes as I go a long.
      Taking notes in class will help me retain more information and stay tuned in
      I don't usually take notes in this class, however, I think it will be helpful to look over them for quiz/exam studying.

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