School

University of WindsorDepartment

Engineering - GeneralCourse Code

GENG 1110Professor

AdamchroslekChapter

2This

**preview**shows half of the first page. to view the full**2 pages of the document.**•Develop an effective and time-efficient homework/study strategy for, not

only your calculus class, but other classes as well. This will help you become a

more confident, successful, and well-rounded student. It will lead to a

healthier balance between work time and leisure time .

•Spend at least two to four hours on each homework assignment. This affords

you extra time to work on challenging homework problems and helps you

organize your thoughts, questions, and ideas. The more time you spend on

homework, the more likely you are to articulate clear, concise questions to

your classmates and teachers. The more time you spend on homework, the less

time you will spend on frantic, last-minute preparation for exams .

•Definitions, formulas, and theorems that are introduced in class or needed to

complete homework assignments should be memorized immediately.

Postponing this until it's needed for the exam will impede your work speed on

homework assignments and interfere with clearer and deeper understanding of

calculus .

•Spend time working on calculus every day. Doing some calculus every day

makes you more familiar with concepts, definitions, and theorems. This

familiarity will make calculus get easier and easier one day at a time .

•Find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom

you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams. Your classmates are

perhaps the least used and arguably your best resource. An efficient and

effective study group will streamline homework and study time, reduce the

need for attendance at office hours, and greatly improve your written and

spoken communication. The best time to use your classmates as

study/homework partners is after you have made an honest effort on your own

to solve the problems using your own wits, knowledge, and experience. When

you encounter an unsolvable problem, don't give up too soon on it. Being

stumped is an opportunity for mathematical growth and insight, even if you

never solve the problem on your own. If you seek help prematurely, you will

never know if you could have solved a tough problem without outside

assistance .

•Begin preparing/outlining for exams at least five class days before the exam.

Outlining the topics, definitions, theorems, equations, etc. that you need to

know for the exam will help you focus on those areas where you are least

prepared. Preparing early for the exam will build your self-confidence and

reduce anxiety on the day of the exam. It's also an insurance policy against

time lost to illness, unexpected family visits, and last-minute assignments in

other classes. Generally speaking, pulling all-nighters and doing last-minute

cramming for exams is a recipe for eventual academic disaster .

•Prepare for exams by working on new problems. Good sources for these

problems are unassigned problems from your textbook, review exercises and

practice exams at the end of each chapter, old hour exams, or old final exams.

Studying exclusively from those problems which you have already been

assigned and worked on may not be effective exam preparation. Problems for

each topic generally in the same section of the book, so know how to do a

problem because you know what section of the book it is in could give you a

false sense of security. Working on new randomly mixed problems more

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