Online reading assignment question: helpful/unhelpful Midterm 1 astronomy study tips

Astronomy 210, fall semester 2017
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. Selected results/questions/comments are addressed by the instructor at the start of the following lecture.

Describe something notable that either helped or did not help with studying for this midterm. Selected comments may be discussed in class. (Graded for completion.)

The following are all of the student responses to this question, verbatim and unedited.
"I like when you review the chapters it helps me understand better."

"Knowing what to study helps."

"Having past exam questions on the blog is helping me study for similar content that will be on the test, and not irrelevant information instead."

"Going over review problems from the last semester helps and also reviewing examples and quizzes."

"I have found that while I am studying it helps you remember if you write everything that is important down. It helps to be able to attend the midterm review session I am sure. It does not help to miss that class, but sometimes such things are unavoidable!"

"The review day really helped me, it gave me more time to try to understanding things. Also, the fact that there won't be any new multiple choice questions, that it will be the same as what has been on our past quizzes is very helpful. "

"I did like and found helpful other posted tests and question you posted for your class. Thank you."

"Going over previous quizzes helps to study for the midterm."

"The blog examples are very helpful."

"I tend to try drawing out my notes and draw visuals while taking notes. Otherwise, I find key points and take new notes on those to help remember them."

"I found it really helpful to go over old quizzes and constantly present myself with answers that I knew were correct. Doing this, I feel, concentrated the information, as well as making me super familiar with the format of the questions."

"It helps to have the quiz practice guides so one is able to find the answer to them in the book. Because the answers are straightforward (not really debatable) it would help to either go over directly or discuss answers or page numbers in class."

"I like to go back over my notes from class to study."

"Drinking wine definitely helps. That could just be personal preference though. Don't knock it till you try it."

"I studied a different chapter everyday, and I am just going over everything the day before."

"Reviewing questions on practice quizzes/tests."

"Procrastinating does not help."

"Having all the answers to the quizzes we have taken and the practice essay questions and answers and the review day in class are all helpful."

"I found the in-class review of specific questions from past midterms extremely helpful."

"I thought going over the quizzes would help but it hasn't helped so far. Going over the online packets do not help either because there is no answer key."

"Having a study buddy is a huge help. Going over practice questions together and reviewing past blogs makes a difference."

"The sample questions with sample answers were extremely helpful, and I really liked that you could see how well previous classes did on the questions."

"Having answers to quizzes would help me significantly. I think there's enough access to the material put being able to see my quiz and what I specifically got wrong after helps me a lot."

"Something that helped when I was studying was having a visual picture of the moon phases and the times, and that helped with figuring it all out."

"The last day in class really helped but I think sometimes the groups do not help. The groups sometimes make it more confusing. "

"It does not help if you get distracted easily (like me). It helps to have a study buddy."

"'Ptolematic' sounds like 'problematic' (that's how I remember which model is which). Kepler = how planets move; Newton = why planets move (also has 'new' in it)."

"Going back over the in-class activities and reviewing past midterm essay questions online have been the most helpful in preparing me for this midterm. I feel like I'm a lot clearer on subjects that I found confusing before."

"Study groups I think are best for this subject or even at least one another person. It is easy to get confused on a certain subject and having someone else can help better understand it."

"Using flashcards, going over my notes/old tests, or attempting to teach the material to someone else are things that I find help me remember information."

"Re-reading the chapters and taking notes, then reviewing the review questions at the end of the chapters and from previous quizzes helps me study for this midterm. Also, creating friends in class that want to study outside of class. It will help to have the order of planets memorize."

"Studying the quizzes and reviewing them helped me prepare for this midterm."

"I personally review my notes verbally and go over the past quizzes to help me better prepare for what is on the test."

"I used 120 different notecards to study for this midterm as well as the example short answers."

"Looking over past quizzes I think is super-important."

"The practice questions are really helpful."

"Group discussions; the other students really help when I'm stuck on a question."

"The quizzes you post online in advance are very helpful, thank you!"

"The review we did last class was helpful."

"I think that using diagrams to go over things like moon phases, etc. is/would be helpful. Maybe being provided with a chart to study things like that would be good."

"'My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Names."

"Having written questions that give an incorrect answer and ask for an explanation are hard. It's probably because I don't understand as much as I'd like to think. Having correct answers of past students is really helpful."

"Definitely looking over the quizzes we've taken and the ones available online."

"You got this!"

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