The Top Ten Methods for
Doing Well in 25100
10. NO CRAMMING! Studies have shown that people learn
best when they spread out thier study time. Ideally,
you would work on physics for 1 hour at a time,
about 10 times per week.
9. Always work with the variable names. Do
not put in numbers for variables, constants,
etc., until the last line of your
8. Learn to check your answers. The crucial
methods are to make sure the units are
correct, and to check "limiting cases."
7. Make sure you
lead your recitation group some of the time.
Don't be the "calculator guy."
6. Form study groups. The best way to
learn is to discuss new material with others,
and the surest test of understanding is your
ability to explain to your peers.
5. Work to understand the subject. Getting a correct
answer isn't the end of
your job. Try to figure out why your method
worked and what other problems that method
would be good for.
4. Always stay at least one week ahead in
reading the text. If possible, get one class
ahead in the homework.
3. Come to all of the lectures and
recitations. Even on a bad professor will
usually say something important.
2. Ask questions: Come to visit faculty if
you are confused, ask questions if you don't
understand something in lecture, and make
sure that your fellow students explain their
methods to you in recitation (see #6).
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