Online reading assignment question: advice to future students

Astronomy 210, fall semester 2015
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 the online reading assignments! And do well early on so you can slack off later in the course."

"Don't let yourself get behind! It will only make it worse."

"Do the flashcard questions, they help a lot! Take time studying and maybe study on a schedule, there's a lot of information to know."

"Look around & look up at the sky, not just in the day but in the night, but everyday. Show up for every class, read the syllabus clearly understand the calendar & USE IT, WATCH & READ the videos, DO the online assignments and ask questions."

"DO all the in class activities, DO the practice quizzes, midterms & final & then EMAIL your answers to P-dog to get the correct answers and take the lab class for reinforcement."

"Do not procrastinate. Study for every test and do all the homework assignments. Read all the powerpoints. And lastly, take notes."

"Astronomy is not as hard as it sounds. If you try to keep up with the readings and ask questions in class you should do fine."

"STUDY STUDY STUDY do all of the flash card questions."

"Print out the in class activities, pay attention and study."

"Study the course material and do not slack off in the beginning of the class."

"Stay on top of the reading."

"Keep your eye on the prize. Don't procrastinate. Study!"

"Study and make all of the classes and you will do fine."

"Do the assignments, go to class, participate and ask questions!"

"Don't forget about the weekly online homework. Also do some small side reading about the stuff in the book since its only one source."


"Make sure to do the study guide packets and study groups are really helpful as well."

"Listen to P-dog."


"Read. The. Book. Do. The. Homework. Go. To. Class. That's pretty much it."

"If you miss a homework assignment here or get a bad quiz score there, don't worry too much. As long as you don't give up and keep doing as much of the work as you can, you'll be fine."

"I think going through the slideshows before class each time is very helpful and going over flashcard questions helps as well. Pay attention and go to class because you will learn a lot and the professor makes the class really fun and intriguing!"

"Keep up with all the assignments, and always review the quizzes!"

"If you attend Lectures and read the material, you will do well."

"You need to always do your homework and pay enough attention in class to understand the material. it should not be that hard."

"Come to class and don't forget the reading assignments."

"Rule 1 of Astronomy class: DON'T TALK ABOUT ASTRONOMY CLASS..."

"As P-dog will stress--Go to class! Attending class, staying on top of the blogs and homework as well as the book readings is key to success in this class."

"In order to succeed in this course you definitely need to come to class every week and read the book!"

"You need to know how to take good notes, and pay attention. Create an outline from his presentations because it is not done for you and will be very helpful!"

"Just make sure you do the homework every week and come to every single class. If you do that you should be in pretty good shape."

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