AST 248: The Search for Life in the Universe

How to Study

We all learn differently. In a lecture course such as this, the traditional way to learn the material consists of 3 stages.
  1. Read the assigned readings in advance. Even if you do not understand everything, you will have a good idea of the subject matter of the lecture.
  2. Go to the lecture. This will reenforce the readings. Figure that anything specifically mentioned in lecture is important; concepts not stressed in lecture may be less important. Ask questions if you are confused. Take notes, but not to the exclusion of paying attention. If you have read the material in advance, your notes can be sketchier and still useful.
  3. Reread the material. Pay specific attention to the points raised in lecture.

If you are having difficulty comprehending the concepts, ask for help. Do not wait until it is too late. Your classmates may be able to help you. Or ask the TA. Or ask the professor. Office hours are posted. Feel free to ask questions during class, or after class. We're often busy setting up before class, but you can ask then too.

This is a 3 credit course. You should expect to spend 6-9 hours per week on this course outside of lectures/recitation (your mileage may vary).

These points are stressed in these pages ( #1, #2), taken from an earlier edition of a textbook by Bennett. This advice is largely repeated on pages xiv to xv of your textbook.