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Study tips for tests:
- Get a good night's sleep the day before the test. If you have been studying consistently in the course, you won't have to cram for the test. Frantic last minute cramming for a test seldom pays off. The night before the test you should be reviewing material already studied.
- One way to review for this class is to start by reading over your lecture notes and the book; work out the examples I gave in class from scratch, i.e., cover up the solutions I gave and try to work the problems yourself. Then work through the homework problems again, particularly problems that were difficult for you the first time around. Work these problems also from scratch, starting with a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, a calculator, a periodic table, and your brain. Don't just look over work you did before!
- Get together with the other members of your study group, particularly after some serious studying on your own. If two heads are better than one, just think of what you can accomplish with four!
I do not emphasize rote memorization in this course. Memorization has its place, but focus on understanding concepts and principles and learning how to think your way through problems as you study for this course. Thinking is hard work and takes lots of practice so consider the homework problems to be a way to become a better thinker/problem solver. As you become a better problem solver you may come to enjoy thinking and grappling with problems!