Last week in physics, we completed what was called the Newton's second Law Lab in groups, in which we were to determine the mass of a cart without using any scales or balances. The procedure was only meant to take us one, maybe two, class periods. However, our group went into a third period. We kept trying to collect new data because we had a larger percent error than we would have liked and assumed we were doing something wrong. We ended up spending a lot more time trying to get better results than we should have, and then learned that our results were fine to begin with and that we had done nothing wrong except waste time trying to get better ones. Because of this, we have now lost some class time to get other things done. We now know that sometimes results may not look exactly the way you want them to in a lab, even when you're doing everything right. In the future, we won't let results that aren't perfect hold us back when we know what we did was correct.
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I think this title is suitable for this post considering the date (I'm posting this about a week later than I should have). The last two weeks have been interesting. To start, there was that kinematics test on the 21st, and I did not exactly get an ideal grade on it. However, I know why. I did not plan well enough what exactly I should be doing each day in school and at home, which kept me from using my time as effectively as I could have been. I think it's safe to say I fell slightly behind, leading me to scramble a bit in the end. On top of this, I had other things on my mind. The day of the test, my German exchange partner, Gina, was coming to live with me for a week. This also meant that I would be missing out on a significant amount of class time that week in addition to time at home that I would be spending with her. Naturally, I was a little panicked when I came to school Tuesday having to start a unit that everyone else had already been working on in class and at home. However, I got right down to business and began working through some problems in class and during my free period. It only took two days for me to feel better about where I was. On Friday, I woke up to get Gina to the airport by 3:30 a.m. and got home around 4:45. I decided it was no use going back to sleep (and then learned that if you want to stay awake at 5 in the morning, DO NOT read about supply curves) so I was half dead in school that day. Then I went to physics. To my own surprise, I actually got a lot done, and it may have been one of my most productive and successful days in this class so far. (Side note: Even though it worked out pretty well for me yesterday, I am not going to start getting next to no sleep on a consistent basis. Health is important too!) At that point, I was feeling great and I knew I only had a little more catching up to do, as I am doing now, until I would be right on track again. With support from you guys, I think I will be doing pretty well now. Thanks for putting up with my rambling, I realized this is a pretty long one!
1: Learning is fast
2: Knowledge is composed of isolated facts
3: Being good at a subject is a matter of inborn talent
4: I’m really good at multitasking
The one that resonates with me is about multitasking. I don’t really have an issue with being distracted by things around me, like my phone, but I often find it difficult to focus on one thing at a time and I have a tendency to jump from one thing to another and back very quickly.
Metacognition is how well one thinks they really understand a subject. Typically those with more accurate metacognition have a better understanding.
The most important thing when studying is what you think about while doing it.
Deep processing, rather than shallow processing, is when a person thinks about the meaning of information and makes connections between pieces of information when learning. On the other hand, shallow processing is learning isolated facts and is not beneficial to learning.
1: Minimizing distractions and maximizing focus- I’ll study in my room, phone across the room, where it is quiet.
2: Developing accurate metacognition- I can “quiz” myself and see how well I’m doing on a regular basis through practice problems and webassigns.
3: Deep, accurate processing of critical concepts- I will focus on how various topics are interrelated.
4: Practicing retrieval and application- I will consistently work on practice problems where I can apply what I am learning.
1: Elaboration- I will make connections between topics as we learn them to increase my understanding.
2: Distinctiveness- I’ll keep in mind what important details stand out in each topic to set them apart from others to avoid confusion.
3: Personal- Blog posts should keep me relating classwork to my daily life.
4: Appropriate retrieval and application- I’ll quiz myself as I work through topics so I know which ones I need to spend more time on.
5: Automaticity- Hopefully my good skills will become a routine that I will not have to try to force myself to do.
6: Overlearning- the most important topics for me to understand I will study so that I can recall the information quickly.
1: What does a good question look like?
2: What kinds of questions are the most beneficial?
3: How will asking questions help me learn?
4: What should I consider when asking questions?
5: How should I organize my notes?
6: What should I be thinking about as I take notes?
The note taking tips for in class lectures apply to videos because, like in lectures, you shouldn’t try to mindlessly copy everything you hear. You should try to consider the key concepts when listening to a lecture or watching a video and get those down on the paper. They should also be organized so that they can be understood later, otherwise they won’t be any help.
C.) I’ll form a study group that will have clear goals of what we plan to accomplish each time we meet.
2: Go into denial
3: Do nothing
4: Wait to ask for help
5: Skip some classes to focus on others
6: Fall further behind while waiting to catch up
7: Ignore small assignments
8: Give up
1: Examine how you prepared, be honest
2: Review the exam, focus on mistakes.
3: Talk with your teacher to make sure you are taking the right steps
4: Examine your study habits
5: Create a plan to help improve
1: Commit time and effort
2: Minimize distractions
3: Attend class
4: Set realistic goals
5: Don’t begin to slide
6: Don’t give away points
Most of my time is spent either doing homework or playing violin and ukulele. Depending on the season, I am often at rehearsals for musicals and sometimes black box shows. As you can probably tell, music is one of my strongest interests, both playing and listening. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do with my life, but I know no matter what music will always be a part of it. Last year, I took AP Physics 1 and really enjoyed my experience and learned a lot. However, I originally signed up to take AP Chemistry this year. When I got my schedule, I knew that was not really what I wanted to do. There was a lot more I wanted to learn about physics before going off to college, and I knew I was up for the challenge. I'm very excited to expand my knowledge of physics and learn to apply it to my life. I am a little nervous about this flipped classroom setting, but I know I'll adjust to it. I have a good feeling about this year.