What am I Supposed to be Doing, Again?

Learning calculus is probably not the easiest thing you've done. That's why there are so many different ways we want you to study. But, I know it can seem confusing. So, if you want to succeed in this course, here is what I recommend.


Quizzes, every other week: prepare for them. If you get a problem wrong, learn the right answer, to help you prepare for the final exam.
Final exam: it's going to be cumulative, so if you don't understand something while we're in its section, make sure to ask. You'll have to know it for the final.

Not Graded (but will help your grade)

Suggested problems from the CLP problem book are marked in blue. This should be taken as a bare minimum. If there's a problem that you struggled with, find similar problems and practice those. Leave it and come back in a day or two.
CLP Notes: the pdf textbook for the course is available online. Skim the chapter before class, and read it again after class.
Frequent Piazza. It's an easy way to ask for help. If you can help someone else, that's a great way to solidify your knowledge. Other people might be asking questions you didn't even know you had.
After a quiz, read the solutions to figure out where you made mistakes. Determine where your mistakes are coming from: silly mistakes from hurrying, mistakes from not memorizing facts, mistakes from not understanding concepts, etc. Do several versions of the quizzes from the website under exam conditions, then grade yourself based on the solutions.
Read over your notes after you take them. Preview material in online notes before lecture.

In General:

Be familiar with course policies and our syllabus.
Follow the course notes.
Come to class, take notes (if that helps you), and participate in discussion. If I ask a question, try to think it through. Collaborate with your neighbors.
Know how to get help when you need it, for the course or otherwise.
Understand that learning is a growth process, and hard work isn't wasted. Nobody expects you to enter this class already knowing calculus. It's OK to not know something, but it's not OK to not ask.