Survival_Guide - 1 SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ECONOMICS 100 I have...

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1 SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ECONOMICS 100 I have taught the introductory course at the University of Toronto for many years. I have watched hundreds (indeed, thousands) of students grapple with the course - some with great success, and others who fall by the wayside. Based on my experience, I offer the following thoughts on what will contribute to your success, and what will stand in your way: Keep Up: Introductory Economics, like most university courses, is cumulative. What we do in week “n” is heavily dependent on what was done in week “n-1”. Keeping up- to-date is critical. If you do so, lectures will be more fulfilling, as you will understand more of the material as it is presented. If you do not, lectures will not make a lot of sense and you will become frustrated, bored, and probably fall even further behind. You might start to skip lectures (not a good idea, says the professor, with a tad of conflict of interest). Part of keeping up is … Attending Tutorials, Having Tried the Problems In Advance: There is evidence that those students who attend tutorials achieve better test results. In one review of results associated with this section of ECO 100, those who attended tutorials received, on average, 15 marks more on a test than those who did not. Experts in research methodology would point out that we do not know whether the two groups are the same, as would be required to make any conclusions about the value of tutorials. It may be that the attenders are the more interested / more motivated / more academically oriented than the non-attenders, and that this “group differential” explains the discrepancy in scores. Put another way, the attenders would always do better than the non-attenders, even if there were no tutorials. On the other hand, your professor would prefer to argue that there is indeed value-added to be gained (in terms of grades) from attending tutorials, not to mention skill building, enjoyment, and opportunities to discuss his favourite topic – Economics!! Further, attempting the problems in advance is far preferred to going to the tutorial to copy answers. So, participation and keeping up to date are clearly important. To keep up, you must . .. Work Regularly Out of Class: Every university course requires that you work regularly each week on the course material outside the classroom. Quite apart from any tutorial problems, you have an automatic assignment after each lecture to review your lecture notes and related readings to ensure your understanding of past material, and to devote some energy to the readings related to the upcoming lecture. Many students do not choose to make this effort, thinking that they can "cram" when they need to, just before the test / exam. What most of them find out is that the lectures become less helpful (see #1 above), and that they cannot successfully master Economics through a last- minute cramming strategy. (It takes time to become proficient, as practice – doing many
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2010 for the course ECO 100 taught by Professor Indart during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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