- How to Do Well
- Attend every class, take notes, participate, pay attention, and ask questions.
I recommend that you bring your textbook to class to highlight and/or add notes. If you have an electronic copy of the book, you can print Figures, Tables, and Examples from the Lecture Handouts PDF file for note taking.
- Attend every weekly
Lab and actively participate in the exercise and in the completing of the summary
sheet. Read the Lab write-up in the Lab book BEFORE coming to Lab. Also,
view the related online video demonstrations.
- Read all assigned readings. It is a good idea to intelligently
highlight and take notes while reading. Reading assignments should be completed
the week they appear on the syllabus, preferably before the material is covered
in class or Lab.
- Set up a regular weekly meeting time with your class
group and work together on homework assignments and on the Project. Also,
make sure that you, as an individual, understand and know how to approach and
complete every problem in every assignment. Do not rely on others to do
the work for you and do not copy work from other groups or from past students.
- Prepare and study for exams by reviewing and studying all lecture notes
(especially class examples), handouts, homework assignments, reading material
(especially the book examples), and sample exams.
Make sure you thoroughly review and study all topics on the exam review guides. You are expected to be able to answer general questions dealing with an understanding
and basic application of the course material. You are also expected to have a
firm grasp of the terminology used in the course and how it is applied.
the homework questions carefully; show neat, detailed work for all information
asked for; and make sure you turn in your work on time.
- Pick up your graded
homework as soon as it is available; and if you missed anything, refer to the posted solution to see where you went wrong.
- If you are
having trouble with the exams, I strongly encourage the following:
back at the questions you missed and try to identify what caused you to answer
- did you read the question or answers incorrectly?
you work out the problem methodically?
- did you truly know and understand
the pertinent terms and concepts?
- did you answer hastily?
to identify ways to prevent mistakes on future exams
- read the entire question
- underline keywords in the question while reading.
- draw figures when they are not provided.
work and be methodical.
- double check your answer.
- take your time.
spend too much time on any one question.
- attend every class, take good notes,
and ask questions.
- read and highlight the reading assignments.
- If you have an aversion to multiple-choice exams, treat each question like it ISN'T MULTIPLE CHOICE! Be methodical in your approach:
- read the question carefully.
- draw figures or diagrams.
- show work and try to calculate or determine the correct answer.
- if you understood the material well enough
to answer the question, select the answer you arrived at (hopefully, the correct
answer) from the list of possible answers.
- if your first answer is not
on the list, try to eliminate some of the possible answers in an educated fashion.
- if you are still unsure, use the WAG principle -- take a Wild-Ass Guess
taking an exam:
- review your lecture notes and associated book material
for all of the classes covered by the exam.
- review all past homework solutions, class examples, and book examples, and make sure you completely understand every step of each solution.
your notes from the in-class exam review session.
- make sure you understand all of the concepts listed on the review guide,
and practice and make sure you completely understand all questions on the posted
you want further advice or help in diagnosing possible sources of your difficulty,
please stop by Dr. Dave's office to talk.
- Don't procrastinate
and don't put things off until the last minute, especially the Project.
- E-mail, call, or visit (during office hours) your TA or Dr. Dave whenever you have questions or problems.
- Keep a positive attitude and try to have fun.