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.
- 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
- 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
- Reread the material. Pay specific attention to the points raised in
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.