My assumption is that you all want to learn and you want to do as well in this course as you possibly can. For some of you, doing your best and working your hardest might mean earning a C, for others it might mean earning an A. I will always give plenty of extra help as needed to students who are doing the necessary work on their own first. You do your part and keep up with the work, and I'll do my part and give you every opportunity to succeed. The following hints will help you to have a successful year in this course.
  1. Use your 85 minutes in class wisely: Concentrate, think hard, offer discussion, take good notes, question the material, practice any chance you can, do not just sit and "veg out".
  2. Keep your binder neat and organized and bring it to class every day. Anything you are asked to print off the web page should then be filed appropriately in your notebook that comes to class.
  3. Keep up with the practice assignments and review. This is ESSENTIAL!!
  4. Be sure your internet access is working. If you do not have internet access at home, you must make friends with the computer in the classroom (or some other computer you have access to) and find a time other than during class time to use it to access your needs.
  5. You will have about one hour worth of homework each day (obviously this depends on your reading speed, level of concentration and efficiency). This evens out over time; some assignments take more time, some less time, but plan for at least five to eight hours of homework per week.
  6. Review and/or re-write your class notes from each day to review the concepts and add your own thoughts and organizational details. Teach the material to your parents or siblings. Finding a compatible partner or small study group can be a great idea for some of you. The best way to really learn a subject is to teach it. This will help you connect new ideas to concepts you already know.
  7. Review and work on LAD questions the day the lab is done, before you forget about the procedure. Write notes and/or draw pictures to help you remember what was done.
  8. If you don't know how to already, learn to use the word-processing and spread sheet capabilities of a computer. This is a must for organizing data and writing (and re-writing drafts of) LAD questions.
  9. Finally, if you have a question, ASK IT. There is no such thing as a stupid question. The only stupid question is the one that you didn't ask. In fact, asking questions is the key to success, and your questions help the whole class in the learning process!