Don't fall behind! Learning a science is not just memorizing! In fact, there is very little memorizing in this course. The only number you must know by heart is the speed of light!! Studying a science is learning concepts, and it takes time for concepts to sink in. Therefore, you cannot cram for astronomy exams! TAKE NOTES during the video lessons! Learning is an ACTIVE process, not a passive one. If you keep up consistently, you will do well.
What does "keep up" mean? It means:
ª taking the "Test Yourself" quiz right after viewing the video lecture
ª doing the study guide questions before reading the answers
ª doing the reading the assigned topic either before or right after the sessions
ª going over your notes, and figuring out what you do not understand!
The key to doing well in science is finding out what does not make sense to you. Once you figure that out, filling in the missing pieces is easy. Figuring out what you don't know is the hardest part. For most of you, this is a different studying technique.
One very effective way to find out what you don't know is to explain concepts to friends (who are or are not taking the course). When you try to teach someone else an idea you will find out where the holes are in your own understanding!