Student Advice

At the end of the year I like to ask students what they thought of the course and what suggestions they have for improvement. I take such advice seriously and modify my classes to better meet student needs. I also asked students to give advice to the next generation of students taking my class. This is what they said:


  • "At first I struggled with how to learn in a class in this kind of setting but the longer I was in the class the more I got the hang of how to study on my own and use the notes we go over in class to do well on tests.”
  • "If you want to do well on the test you NEED to study”
  • "Make flash cards to study for tests”
  • “Read the textbook thoroughly because test questions come from specific sentences.”
  • "Take the time to study the notes and vocab for tests!!! You need to spend time at home in order to do good on tests”
  • "To study by reading the book”
  • "Just to always do test corrections and to study more for the tests”
  • "That the first semester final has a lot of FMQs, so I should write the all down and keep them for reference.”
  • "That speaking up more makes the class more fun.”
  • "Do not underestimate the final. Study at least two nights before the day and get rest before the day.”
  • "I would have liked to know that this class really isn't as stressful as I thought it would be - it's all just a matter of using your time wisely.”
  • "Read the book”
  • "Frequently missed questions are important to know for later reference.”
  • "Read the textbook and actually use it”
  • "Do test corrections because they really help”
  • "Study on your own time.”
  • "Take your own notes it helps, and pay attention in the lectures a lot of the stuff on the test is in the lectures.”
  • "Stay on top of notes and study a lot”
  • "To study and not put it off until the last minute”
  • "Just to progressively study and not procrastinate. Not to assume that just studying for the chapter tests means your prepared for the AP test, and to really designate time to knowing and remembering information for the AP test.”
  • "Don't freak out, even though this class is an AP class it is not hard as long as you put in some effort. Test corrections will help your grade, so do them whenever possible.”
  • "Have fun be nice to the teacher because he sure is nice to you.”
  • "Some advice that I would give students for taking this class next year is to definitely study for the test. I would also tell them to take as much notes as you can at home from the book because the lectures help a lot. Another thing I would say is to pay attention, don't fall asleep.”
  • "Bring your notebook and pencil to every class, do all your assignments, bring your book to class if there are test corrections, stay on top of reading, and do test corrections.”
  • "Don't stress out about this class. Make sure that you actually pay attention instead of just floating your way through”
  • "Advice for next years class is to study for tests and do test corrections.”
  • "Take good notes during the lectures and take the AP exam because it's not that bad!”
  • "Take notes and study them for the test and you'll pass.”
  • "Read the textbook.”
  • "To speak up more, ask questions, answer Mr.Hallquist's questions, and just make the class as fun as possible because a the end of the year it's sad to think that Mr.Hallquist won't be your teacher anymore :(“
  • "Just put effort towards this class and you will get a good grade.”
  • "Enjoy listening to the lectures. Anybody can read the book and gather notes from it, but Hallquist truly makes the information much more interesting.”
  • "I would tell them to always take lecture notes and to study every night, and once a week go back through past chapters and ask questions about things that they do not fully comprehend and test themselves.”
  • "Don't skimp on your notes! They really do help out for tests throughout the year, and especially for the end of the year. Use your time wisely and take good notes that won't tire you out while writing them. When reading and taking notes, don't write every single thing down. It will tire you out and leave you with unnecessary information. Only write what you think is important. If you are doing the final project at the end of the year, it helps to look back at your notes and to begin over three weeks in advance. Trust me, the time goes by way faster than you think. No need to stress yourself out too much about this class, it's fairly chill and actually really fun, but that does not mean you should skimp out on assignments; there are few, and doing them well along with the extra credit will definitely help your grade.”
  • "just do your work, read, and you'll be fine.”
  • "Definitely pay attention to the lectures. The lectures are very informative and prepare you for both the tests and the AP exam.”
  • "Always keep up with the class you cant fall behind or it will mess you up in the long run.”
  • "If you do the reading, the class will be a million times easier. Listening to the lectures isn't really enough to get you an A but doing the assigned reading helps a lot.”
  • "Read every unit for every test and use the optional work book.”
  • "Take really thorough notes, this will help you prepare for the AP test at the end of the year.”
  • "To pay attention and study so they're prepared for the finals and AP exam.”
  • "Always check the FMQs.”
  • "Just sit back and enjoy the class. Don't take on the class as if it were terribly hard because it's not."
© HallquistCPHS 2016