One of the classes that I am teaching this year is a one-trimester class for sophomores on E&M topics (a very basic class because of the short amount of time and because the students haven’t taken any mechanics). I get to teach it four times this year (twice in the first trimester) as every 10th grader takes it.
The next section of the class starts on Monday, and I’ve been spending some time cleaning up materials to prepare for it. I made a new course handout and incorporated some updated advice from former students (which I’ve written about before) on the back of the page. A lot of this set of advice comes from this past trimester’s group of sophomores who gave me a lot of great feedback a couple of weeks before their final assessment. They were particularly fond of the grading system and the way that they saw themselves as being able to learn something challenging that they didn’t necessarily expect they could do.
Here is my draft of the full document. As always, feel free to borrow, steal, modify, etc anything you’d like (except, I mean, your students would probably rather have advice from your own former students than my former students). And ideas, reactions, feedback, etc are of course always welcome.