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 Lastly, I often see students studying lecture slides. ​ Lecture slides contain very little information on their own; they are more like mental tabs to remind you of what was said in the book or in the lectures. ​ If you have not read the book or did not attend the lectures, there is very little you can extract on your own from the lecture slides themselves. ​ If you are not doing the reading assignments or you are not attending lectures, then you are really missing out on learning. Lastly, I often see students studying lecture slides. ​ Lecture slides contain very little information on their own; they are more like mental tabs to remind you of what was said in the book or in the lectures. ​ If you have not read the book or did not attend the lectures, there is very little you can extract on your own from the lecture slides themselves. ​ If you are not doing the reading assignments or you are not attending lectures, then you are really missing out on learning.
  
-All in all, if you are going to spend the time reviewing, make sure you are not just going through meaningless ​motions.  Otherwise, you are much better off just getting a good night sleep before the exam.+All in all, if you are going to spend the time reviewing, make sure you are not just going through meaningless ​motion.  Otherwise, you are much better off just getting a good night sleep before the exam.
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 Even in an ideal world with ideal students, I would not do away with homework because it is an effective teaching/​learning tool.   In the ideal world, I would give out homework (and provide solutions) with no consequences on grade. (Then again, in the ideal world, I wouldn'​t have to assess grades to begin with.  You learned what you learned; you make do with what you learned.)  ​ Even in an ideal world with ideal students, I would not do away with homework because it is an effective teaching/​learning tool.   In the ideal world, I would give out homework (and provide solutions) with no consequences on grade. (Then again, in the ideal world, I wouldn'​t have to assess grades to begin with.  You learned what you learned; you make do with what you learned.)  ​
  
-If you ever find yourself rushing through homework the night before it is due (even though it covers multiple weeks of past materials and you had weeks to do it), stop and rethink your strategy and mindset. ​ You could do it anytime---before or even after the due date---for the same learning effect. Why did it suddenly become important the night before it is due?  BTW, if you have skipped reading assignments because you are not **directly** assessed on it, see above. ​ Still worse, if you ever resorted to "​cheating"​ to finish a homework, you really need to ask yourself why and what for.+If you ever find yourself rushing through homework the night before it is due (even though it covers multiple weeks of past materials and you had weeks to do it), stop and rethink your strategy and mindset. ​ You could do it anytime---before or even after the due date---for the same learning effect. Why did it suddenly become important the night before it is due?  ​(BTW, if you have skipped reading assignments because you are not **directly** assessed on it, see above. Still worse, if you ever resorted to "​cheating"​ to finish a homework, you really need to ask yourself why and what for.
  
 Do homework to learn from it not to finish it. Do homework to learn from it not to finish it.