Strategies for studying that may help -- no guarantees!
Read the assigned sections before
coming to class, so you will be able to get any confusions cleared up by
asking me -- I am very willing to take questions in class.
Do the assigned problems and
questions on your own. If you need to get help, that's fine,
BUT get help, then go do the problem or answer the question on your own to
be sure you actually understood.
Help is available in help
sessions, office hours, or by contacting me: phone x3404 or e-mail ceciliavogel.
Review strategies for tests:
Make up a 3"X5"
card of notes and equations early, then review it to be sure you
know what it all means. Do you know what the variables mean?
Do you know when each equation can and can't be applied? It's a very
bad idea to wait til the last minute to make
your card! It is a good idea to
continually make your card, adding equations as you use them.
Be sure you can do all
assigned questions and problems. Be sure you can do them on your own.
If you got help or had to change your answer, try another similar problem
to be sure now you can do it right the first time without help.
Read the titles of each
assigned section, and explain to a friend (real or virtual!)
everything you can about the topic. (Hopefully you have already read
the sections for understanding before they were covered in class)
Read the titles of each lab
you've done and explain to a friend what the lab was about and how
it was done.
Review the lectures.
Try to describe topics and demos that were covered. Be sure
you can do the examples I did, and the in-class work on your own.
Review lecture topics and
section titles, and try to make up multiple choice questions.
Maybe quiz each other with these questions, but just making them up is a
When you think you're ready for
the test, take an old test -- just like you'd take the real test:
without help from the book or other people.
Let me know if you have other strategies that may help other
students. By the way, you're not in competition. Your grade will
never depend on another student's performance in my class.