For a few students in the class, the subject will
come easily. Other students will find the concepts and
problemsolving challenges to be more difficult. If the
class is challenging for you, success will require a
greater investment of time and effort.
 Reading assignments: Read each assignment
(posted on the syllabus
page) before the lecture and again as soon as
possible after the lecture.
 Take advantage of textbook examples: The
textbook examples provide a great study resource.
Use a piece of paper to cover the solution while
reading the problem, then attempt to work the
problem yourself. Check the solution bitbybit to
help yourself along only when necessary. Check your
work with the textbook solution when you have
completed the problem. This is helpful for review,
even if you have seen the problems before!
 Engage in the lectures: Attending the
lectures and seeing demonstrations is an important
step, but the lecture cannot be passively received 
you need to active engage it! Bring paper to make
scratch notes when working example problems, ask
questions when it isn't making sense. If you find
your attention wandering over the course of the
lecture, trying sitting towards the front of the
room, to better connect to your professor.
 Homework: Complete the homework ahead of
time. Attempt problems yourself first, to avoid
reliance on others to help you analyze the problem
from the start. But then DO study with other
students: explaining and discussiong concepts and
problems will boost your ability to retain and
utilize the concepts.
 Utilize office hours: Bring specific
questions, or stubborn problems to work through, to
TA or professor office hours.
 Other Resources: If you need more examples,
the student solution manuals may be helpful. Many
more solutions are available on various websites,
some of which appear to be quite good in terms of
presentation (some solutions revealed stepbystep,
for example, to allow you to opportunity to complete
the problem yourself). These would seem to be
potentially a useful resource if used correctly
(although I've heard complaints about the quality of
solutions at some popular sites). Note that finding
homework solutions somewhere isn't very valuable:
you can work these problems out yourself, with
multiple attempts through WebAssign. The value in
these other resources would be as a study aid to
improve exam prepartion.
 Work more problems: There are a large
number of additional problems at the end of each
chapter. Working a large fraction of these will help
reinforce concepts and prepare you for the
challenging exams!
 Focus on problems that are not catagorized by
textbook section, since these don't give you the
head start of knowing which concept you need to
use.
 Oddnumbered endofchapter problems have the
answers (though not the solutions) in the back
of the book.
 Focus on completing the problems. Don't ignore
"small" mistakes that give you a wrong numerical
answer even when you have the concept down.
Remember that the exams are all multiplechoice,
so little mistakes can cost you time and/or
points on an exam. Train yourself to focus on
completing the problem, and to check for common
errors.
 Can't figure a problem out? Maybe its not the
end of the world, but if you think there is a
concept you aren't getting (or you just don't
like "losing" to a problem), feel free to bring
the question to TA or your professor's office
hours.
