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Suppose you could travel back in time and talk to yourself at the start of the semester. What advice would you tell you? Alternatively, If you had a buddy who was going to take this course next semester, what advice would you give them from Day 1 so that they are successful?
If I could go back in time and talk to myself at the start of the semester, I would tell myself that you just need to take a breather when things start to get heavy with homework and studying. Everything is going to be okay, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Always ask the professor or other students in the class if you have any questions. Just don't be afraid to ask! If I had a buddy who was going to take the class next semester, I would suggest writing everything down (notes, homework, quizzes, etc.), because it would save you time studying if you had something to reference upon an exam. This class may seem difficult, but if you ask your questions and study every week, it won't be bad!
If I could travel back in time and tell myself something. I would tell myself to not worry about the homework. It may get annoying at some times but just keep at it and you'll be fine. If I had a buddy who was going to take this course I would tell him to use the practice tests and quizzes, they may not give you points but they help you get a better score on eHW without using one of your attempts.
If I could talk to myself at the beginning of the semester I would tell myself that I have no reason to feel anxious about this class. I shouldn’t feel insecure about my math abilities. This class is honestly set up for the success of students. I would tell my buddies to use the flash cards and take advantage of the fact that you can do the homework’s over and over until you get a good grade. It is helpful to review which questions you get wrong on a homework our quiz and read the solution that möbius provides so that when you go to retake the assignment you can get it right. Taking notes in class and over the videos is also really helpful. I hope my future math classes are set up in a similar way as this one.
If I could talk to myself at the beginning of the semester I would tell myself that I should breathe more and not be so tense about the semester and remind myself daily of the reason why I am in college and what I'm working so hard to achieve. To those who will come after me, the advice that I would give is that math is not a spectators sport and lectures give you a good foundation but its only that and the best way to learn is to work on that foundation and build on it through flashcards and doing practice assignments before actually doing the assignment I found that to be very helpful for me. Also make sure that you are on top of all your assignments and if you fall behind take advantage of the ability to earn 90% on your assignments if they are late.
I would say it's a lot right now but you will get the hang of it. Your teachers will give you the tools you need to do all the assignments. You are smart enough and you are capable. You got this. Relax and do your best.
If I could go back in time I would tell myself to keep up with the work. Stay on task work ahead so that I would be less stressed for the semester.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to procrastinate. Try to stay on track with assignments so that there is less stress at the end of the semester. Also, WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN!
If I could go back to the beginning of the semester I would tell myself that practice problems will be your best method of learning in this class. I would also tell myself that worrying does not help anything. I would tell myself to relax and put in the best effort I possibly can. If I had a friend in the class the advice I would give them is to use the practice flashcards. They are one of the best learning tools for this class and made the difference for me
I would tell my past self not to get discouraged and frustrated so easily. I'm the type of person who tends to be a perfectionist so when I don't understand something right away, I'm extremely tough on myself. And for that brief moment I convince myself that I won't be able to ever get it, but that has never been the reality of it. As long as I step back for a sec to regroup, I've always been able to figure problems out. Making mistakes is the best way to learn and it's something I'm constantly having to remind myself of.
I would tell my past self to get extra help. It is okay to not know the information. Just ask questions and/or go get help.
If I could travel back to the first of the semester I would remind myself that the kindness and grace you extend to other must be extended to yourself as well! There will always be struggles and times where it feels impossible. Never lose sight of faith! Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors and/or classmates when you need help. People are here to help you... they want to see you succeed!
If I could travel back in time and tell myself something I would just warn myself that it doesn't matter that I took this class in high school because there is still so much I can learn from taking it again and master different topics I struggled with the first time.
If I could travel back I would tell myself set more reminders about doing our e-homework assignments. It sometimes gets hectic with all my classes and work that I sometimes forgot a(n) assignment/quiz.
If I could travel back in time, I would tell myself to relax and to do things before the due date because most of the time I would rush to do homework assignments the day it was due and I wouldn't do so great. I would also tell myself to ask more questions, I felt like if I would've reached out to my professors this semester it would've been a lot more easier for me. If I had a buddy taking this class next semester I would encourage them to ask questions and reach out for help, because things can get tough when you try doing it all by yourself.
If I could travel back in time, I would've told myself to watch the supplementary videos on bright space. They truly do help. I also, would've told myself if you don't understand a concept don't be afraid to go to the math center. People at the math center generally want to help you succeed. The last thing I should've done is asked more questions in class. There would be many times in class in which I didn't understand the concept, yet I didn't ask for help.
If I could travel back in time to tell myself stuff about college it would definitely be don't wait till the last second to do homework or anything else like that. I'm really bad when it comes to procrastinating and I did quite a lot of that in the beginning of college. If I had a friend in this course I would tell them to use the flashcards as they're a very helpful way to practice math, I wish I had something like it for high school.
If I could travel back in time to the beginning of the semester and give myself advice I would tell myself to stay on top of assignments and make a schedule for when I would do assignments each week. I would also tell myself to get into a good routine of doing my homework and stick with it all semester. I would also go back and remind myself not to procrastinate, because it will only create more work for myself. Lastly if I had a friend in this course I would tell them to use all of the resources available in the EHW as they are very useful for learning, and can really help you figure out and practice the problems that you do not quite understand.
If I could travel back in time to the beginning of the semester and give myself advice, I would tell my past self that the first semester will get difficult but you will make it through, just believe in yourself. I would tell a buddy that if they were taking this course that using the resources handed to you and doing practice problems will help your understanding of each topic. I would also tell them that staying on track has its benefits so it will encourage them to do their work and stay on the right track to success.
If I could travel back in time I would simply just tell myself to not give up because it would be worth it in the end. I would also tell myself that it isn't going to be as hard as I thought it would be and to just apply myself. Also if there are any questions to just ask because everyone is willing to help everyone out because they want us all to be successful.
if i could give my past self any advice is to focus on my English class and study harder because my grade in that class is an oof. and to enjoy life as it comes enjoy class and the friends you have
If I could go back in time and give advice to myself at the start of the semester, it would be to not procrastinate on assignments as much as I have. I've still got everything done, but it has put more stress on me than was necessary.
if i could go back in time, I Would tell myself to not get so worried when it comes to tests, and to tell myself, that I will pass the class. along with, telling myself to actually study the math, instead of winging it.
Going back in time, I would tell my August self that I should keep redoing the prerequisite homework until I had a perfect score. I wold also advise myself to use the flashcards more, and especially use them more when I have to prepare for a test. I would not tell myself that the math course was easier than I expected, because I would most likely treat it as such and be more lazy about the homeworks.
If I had some advice to tell myself in the past, it would be to continue what you are doing. I've always put my all into everything, but the end of the semester I have felt burnt out with classes, so I would tell myself to keep pushing on with this class. I would also say to keep checking off that Rhino Check list: it's satisfying to check off the boxes and see the progress throughout the class.
If I had to go back in time to tell myself something, it would be to stop procrastinating and study in short variables of time throughout the week rather than having to sit and do that in 1 big period of time.
If could go back in time, I would tell myself to get a better sleep schedule and not to leave all my homework for the last minute
I believe I did everything I would have done to succeed this semester. I participated in class and did outside class activities as well! The only thing I really struggled with is my online classes cuz I like face-to-face class! I guess if I could actually go back and give myself advice at the start of the semester it would be to keep an eye on my online classes!!
I would tell myself that professor LaMaster is a great professor and that this class is not hard if you do the work
I would go back in time and tell myself that the key to this class is simply doing the homework because if you understand the homework then you will understand the quizzes/tests. Also, if my buddy was going to take this test, I would tell him that he really needs to do well on the tests because they are minimally given but reflect a large portion of your grade. That goes hand in hand with completion of the homework however.
If i could go back in time I would have spent more time reading the class info and worksheets and textbook information for each subject prior to coming to class. I think that would’ve helped me to better understand the lectures, as well as have the opportunity to ask the professor questions if I didn’t quite understand the subject. Also I would’ve spent more time reviewing the syllabus so I could’ve added assignments and coursework into my planner so that I would’ve been more aware of when homework / test where due. Allowing me to spend less time doing them last minute
If I could go back in time I would tell myself to keep moving forward and not wait at the last minute to do everything.
If i could go back to the start of the semester and give myself advice, I would tell myself to give more time for school work, and not wait until the last minute. Other than that I have been on top of things as much as I can because life is gets in the way sometimes but just have to keep moving forward. If someone is going to take this course next semester I'm telling them to take it with John and get ahead while they ca
Share something you have learned/discovered that you did not know before about the material this semester. For example, perhaps you struggled with a concept and then had an A-HA! moment where it made sense. This insight can be from the mundane to the sublime.
I had never really used a graphing calculator before this course. I didn’t realize all of the uses it had. I enjoyed figuring out how to graph multiple parabolas and lines and figuring out how to determine the intersection point. I also found the table feature to be useful. The graphing calculator made me feel more confident in my ability to not make an error when entering in equations.
I struggled a lot with logs. I would go back and rewatch the instruction videos and take notes over and over and I still struggled to figure out how to get through the homework. I wasn't even sure how or what to ask in order to help me understand. Then when I was working on homework a few weeks later it finally just clicked. I feel much more confident when I approach logs now.
This semester made me pick up my graphing calculator way more than I ever have. It is very useful for the homework assignments and helps check my work after to see if I did it correctly. Not only that but the videos that were created for us made me learn a lot about the material and made me progress a lot!
I didn't know before how to solve compound interest problems and how solve problems that have percentages in them, but I learned how to do them well in this course
I guess my A-Ha moment was mostly when you were showing us all the ways we could use the calculators to check our work! I found that it was very effective and a quick way to make sure that your solutions are correct! And the little trick when we had a series of number we're adding or multiplying something to is just easier to put all the series in that squiggly line (brackets) thing you showed us and I found it really helpful!
Name a challenge you faced this semester or a challenging topic in the course material. What did you do to slay it?
A struggle for me was doing this whole semester mostly online with all my classes. It was a huge change. To overcome this, I tried to stay ahead of my assignments. I would write everything I needed to do out on Monday and completed the assignments one by one in the order or importance.
challenge for me was to get along with bright space and to plan all my class
works, so I wouldn´t miss them. Another was to get along with the language
because English isn't my first language.
But I figured out that the best way is to plan every Sunday when and what do I have to do in all courses. Then I did a schedule which work I did at which time.
The English just came with the time. It is still not the best, but I definitely improved. And my fiends really helped me to improve it
To start, it was getting used to and using Brightspace, GoPFW, and Mobius. It was kind of crazy going back and forth between them but after some time playing with it, I got used to it. I think that within the course material it'd be when we started hitting logs. I did not understand very well but it really helped me to go back and watch the lectures over and over, take more notes than I thought was possible, and getting some extra knowledge from Khan Academy. I think that anything new will always be challenging and that people, students especially, need to get used to new things and find new, better ways to study that suit you and the class you are taking.
One thing I really struggled with this semester was the amount of stress I put on myself. Between balancing school work and also working. The way I overcame this struggle was kind of unconventional but it worked for me. I ended up saving up enough money to support me for a bit and then quit my job so that I could put all of my focus towards school. I'm still having some struggles with school but I know that in the end it will all work out.
A Struggle for me this semester was getting used to the hybrid schedule of having some online classes and some in person while also working. At times it was hard to make it to some classes as i had a broken laptop and had to come home to my desktop to attend to online only classes but eventually i was able to save enough for a brand new laptop which made getting to classes virtually much easier. I also had a challenge with Brytespace as i felt it isn't as clear sometimes where things are as blackboard but eventually i got used to the feel of it and have come to like it.
One thing that I really struggled with this semester was the homework most of the time I got really confused on it and could not understand it. I got really frustrated, so I decided to make sure I went to class every day and asked questions. I also went to tutoring which helped a lot.
Something I struggled with this semester was doing a lot of my classes online. It was very different because I had to do a lot of self-teaching and it was really hard to come up with an efficient and healthy schedule. What I did to get better at self-teaching was do trial and error until I found the best possible way to teach myself. For MA 15300 the best teaching strategy for myself was definitely practice problems and lots of them! I also used trial and error to find out the best schedule for me! I found that I was a better and more efficient worker in the early evening than I was at any other time of the day so I did a lot of my work in the early evening!
I had many struggles this semester. I am a returning student and have not been in school for about 6 years, so getting back into the swing of things was challenging! I ran into some health issues this semester on top of this alongside it being 2020 anyways! To slay all of this and more I grounded myself in my faith and began reaching out to people more. Communication is key!
For me it was having to try again because high school was super easy so I had to reteach myself how to learn and study.
Getting adjusted to bright space was new for me especially with deadlines. Also, I had to teach myself how to do problems so that I can retain it better. it took me a few times but in the end I was able to learn and grow as a student.
One thing that I struggled with was trying to deal with online classes as well as doing hybrid for my in person classes and trying to stay on top of everything and not fall behind.
I think one
of the most challenging aspects of this semester was switching to a hybrid
form of education, along with the overall independence that comes with
learning online in college. It may seem stressful and overwhelming at times,
but I think I learned a significant amount about myself in regards to how I
reacted to this pandemic and in these situations.
One of my biggest challenges this semester was learning how to use Brightspace, as well as adapting to it being my first college semester on top of during a pandemic, so it was truly a big learning curve. Luckily I had overall great professors to help throughout the way, so I was able to overcome it. I think everyone is now getting the hang of things and how it operates, so it became a lot easier.
One of my challenges is to have an organized schedule, I solved it by having a calendar alarm for due dates.
A challenge for me was balancing my work, school, and personal life. There were some weeks where I had to put a lot of time into work and it affected my school work value. There were times where my school work had to be put ahead of work so I called off and I had to bring in less money. All while ensuring I maintained a healthy social life. Overall, I am happy with this semester and I know some things could have gone better but I now can learn from those mistakes and move forward in my academic career.
The challenge I faced this semester is trying to get use to how things worked in college at the beginning of the semester.
I just switched my major so I was kind of nervous and I was getting into a new field that I have actually never studied before and I felt like everybody was ahead of me, but I buckled down did my research studied hard and I slaid my dragon! I guess that was kind of one of my main challenges new subjects I've never studied before and all that . but overall for the semester I'm actually really proud of myself I worked really hard and I'm proud of the grades in all of my classes!!
I had issues staying on top of my coursework in the past, and had trouble understanding trig last semester. This semester I finally made good use of the planner I got and stayed up to date on assignments... until the very end here. I understood the basics of trig by watching and rewatching online videos and felt extremely proud of myself.
The challenge I faced this semester was understanding this course earlier in the semester, as I wasn't getting to learn all of the stuff we went over in class. But I quickly caught up after some time, which is good.
A challenge I faced this semester was trying to balance work and school as I am a returning adult. I found that taking classes every night of the week did not leave me much time to sleep, and relax. I would often find myself struggling to concentrate in class and when I was doing homework since I would always be tired after a 10-12 hour day of working. To help with this in the future I plan on scheduling all my classes on 2-3 nights so I have at least 2 nights during the week to catch up on homework, and other items as needed.