Online reading assignment question: advice to future students

Astronomy 210, spring semester 2018
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 your readings and show up everyday to class because it helps so much more than thinking you can just read the book and be good."

"Show up to class and study for every quiz, it takes a lot of the stress out of the class and makes it very enjoyable."

"Be curious and ask questions."

"Don't forget that the quizzes are due before each class at midnight! And if you're taking astronomy lab, too, it's easy to forget about those assignments as well."

"Make sure you use the starwheel the right way, read the chapters, study your notes and do EVERY online reading asssignment."

"ASK QUESTIONS AND PUT IN EFFORT! This class is so engaging. You'll learn so much. Do your homework, and come to class. It is all worth it. If you put the effort in you will pass this class easily. P-dog is the best."

"Study StUdY STUDY! Get a group of people from your class and study for all quizzes/exams/midterms, anything! It will help you out a lot and don't slack off."

"Always do the homework assignments, they are super-easy and pay attention in class. This is a great course and you will have a lot of fun."

"In order to succeed in this course you need to do the readings, and the homework is important and reviewing the presentations."


"In order to succeed in this class I urge everyone to look at the quiz study guides and make sure to do the online reading assignments."

"Don't procrastinate, go to class, and do the readings! They help immensely with following along in class."

"In order to succeed, I would recommend that you go to all the class sessions, do not forget a single online reading assignment, do all of the extra credit, and try your best not to procrastinate!"

"Preview then presentation slides online so you can be the more confident while being in class or with in-class activities."

"Read the chapter before class and keep your quizzes."

"If one is going to be enrolled in astronomy with Dr. Len, the most important thing to know in order to succeed is to follow @Patrick_M_Len on Twitter. He also posts everything on blogs, from former test questions with correct answers, along with the reading assignments and basically everything related to the course. And being aware of the blogs and what is posted there might help. Former midterm questions are good study guides and Dr. Len shows examples of students answers and grading rubric really shows how he grades and what he looks for."

"Please please PLEASE do the reading assignments and come to class."

"They need to be able to show up to class to get the points that are handed out. It really isn't that hard yet to just do the work that is asked of you."

"Study and listen during lectures."

"Do the homework."

"Read, read, read, and study...by reading."

"Don't get behind on the reading and ask a lot of questions."

"Keep up with reading, get as many points as possible."

"Come to class, do your reading, study for quizzes!"

"Take lots and lots of notes and seriously read the book. Plus make sure you draw the drawings P-dog does in class, they help."

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