Question:  How can I "ace" this class?

Answer:  It's easy!  Follow these simple tips, and you can't go wrong.

1.  Keep up. 
The easiest pitfall in a class that is largely internet-based is to fall behind on readings and assignments.  Keep up with the pace that the
syllabus sets for you, and you'll find the amount of material and work to be easier to handle.

2.  Use the lecture slides AND the texbook together.
The textbook will cover nearly any particular concept comprehensively, but the
lecture slides will help you focus on key concepts, and give you even more "real world" examples.  Pay attention to both, and you won't miss a thing!

3.  Read through the old exam questions.
Did you know that about half of your exam questions will come directly from the
exam answers? Also, about the other half will have the exact same format, and cover similar material.  There is no better test preparation method than working through those questions.  Do them as you work through the readings and lecture material, and you're sure to ace the two exams!

4.  Get your project on the right track early, and make sure everyone contributes equally.
Read through the
instructions today, so that you have a sense for what is expected of you.  Form your project topic early so that you can maximize the amount of time you have to work on your project.  We strongly recommend you do a volunteer service project for the experience!