## Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS ABOUT GEOSC 10? Look here for the answers: This page contains a list of the most frequently asked questions in GEOSC 10. If your question and answer are not here visit the "General Questions and Comments Discussion Forum" in Canvas. There you can see if your question has already been asked and answered or post a question so the rest of the class can benefit from the answer.

### How should I ask questions in this course?

### I missed an assignment due to a Canvas problem

With online courses, there can sometimes be technical difficulties. That is why we urge you all to attempt each 'task' well in advance of the deadline, just in case something comes up.

### I am having problems with Canvas. What should I do?

### Weekly & Biweekly Assignments

### Are there things due every week in Geosc10?

### When are assignments due?

### What is a StudentsSpeak?

### What is a RockOn?

Read more specifics about taking your RockOn quiz [3] in the Resource Menu.

### How much are the RockOn quizzes worth?

### When are the RockOn quizzes due?

### Do I have to take all of the RockOn quizzes?

### Can I make up a missed RockOn?

### How can I study more effectively for the RockOn Quizzes?

Secondly, be sure to check the "overview of the main topics and ideas" link in the introductory materials; that is a useful guide to many of the key points, in a simple format.

The final idea is harder to explain, but perhaps more important. If you read through the materials for a week and find a HUGE number of unconnected facts, or if you are printing the text and then highlighting it, and it is mostly fire-engine-green at the end, we're not connecting yet. Underlying the numerous "facts" are a much smaller number of simple ideas--pull-apart vs. push-together vs. slide-past, floating vs. sinking, etc.. Once you pull out a few of those big ideas, everything else fits. It is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle; if you don't have the box lid and therefore don't know what the picture is, fitting the first few pieces together is VERY difficult. But once you have an idea of the picture, and what colors go where, the rest is MUCH easier, and you pop the pieces in place rapidly because they all fit. So, when you're working through a unit, ask yourself what the big ideas are, and try to fit the other pieces into that puzzle.

### What is a Practice Quiz?

### Do the practice quizzes count towards your grade?

### What is an Exercise?

### How much are the Exercises worth?

### Do I have to complete all of the Exercises?

### What do I do if I accidentally submit the wrong answer on a quiz?

### Extra Credit

### What is the instructors’ philosophy on Extra Credit?

### How is Extra Credit graded?

### How much is Extra Credit worth?

"Thus, if you have a 79% for a C+ before the extra credit, earning 3 extra-credit points will raise you to an 82% for a B-, and all 5 extra-credit points will raise you all the way to an 84% for a B. You just add the extra-credit points to your final percentage for the course.

### Can I do all of the Extra Credits?

### When is Extra Credit due?

### Grades

### Are the final grades curved?

### Can you tell me what my grade is at this point in the semester?

### How do I calculate my current grade?

- Final Exam: 20%
- Ten highest RockOn Quizzes, 4.5% each, total 45%
- Ten highest Students-Speak Surveys, 1% each, total 10%
- Five highest exercises, 5% each, total 25%

You can earn up to 4.5 points for each of your 10 highest RockOns, for a total of 45. If you earn 100% on a particular RockOn, you get 4.5 points from that quiz towards your end-of-class. If you earn a 75% of the answers right on a particular RockOn you will get 3.375 points in your end-of-class grade. Getting 90% of the answers right on a particular RockOn gives you 4.05 points in your end-of-class grade (divide the 90 earned by 100 to convert from percentages to decimal, then multiply the result, which is 0.9, by the 4.5 points that the quiz is worth to find 4.05 points).

You can earn up to 5 points in your end-of-class grade for each of your 5 highest exercises. If you earn 100% of the available points on an exercise, you get 5 points in your end-of-class grade (if you earn 100% each on all 6 exercises, you get the points from only 5 of them). If you earn 80% of the available points on an exercise that you do not drop, you get 4 points for your end-of-class grade (divide the 80 earned by 100 and multiply the result, which is 0.8, by the 5 points available on the exercise).

The last 20 points you can earn are from the final exam.

So, add up the points from the Students-Speak (up to 10), from the RockOns (up to 4.5 points for each of 10, or 45 total), from the Exercises (up to 5 points for each of 5, or 25 total) and from the final exam (up to 20), and you get a number that may be as high as 100, or lower. Add in any extra credit (up to 5 points, so your maximum is now 105). Then, we grade “straight-scale” as listed in the syllabus (93 or above is A, and so on). And, if that leaves the grades looking too low, we curve to raise the grades; however, if the grades are really high, you get them anyway. If you want to know how you’re doing now, you can very easily guess what you’ll get on the rest of the exercises, RockOns, Students-Speaks, and the Final, and calculate your score. Just remember that we do not guarantee that your guesses will be accurate, and we’re not going to do the math for you.

One of the TA's created a nifty Final Grade Calculator [4] for you to use in Excel. If the above math is a bit overwhelming, try this.

### When will I get my grades for the final exam and for the class?

### Final Exam

### What will the final look like?

### How many questions will be on the final?

### Is the final comprehensive?

### How much is the final worth?

### When do I take the final?

### Where do I take the final?

### What do I do if I have computer problems during the final?

### How should I prepare for the final?

Please note that anything we have covered this semester is fair game and that every unit may be included on the exam. That said, there are many ways to prepare for a comprehensive final.

Start by reviewing the lesson materials and the RockOn feedback that you saved and/or printed off after each quiz. Please do NOT ask the faculty or other students for this feedback in the event you did NOT save it. This will be considered a breach of academic integrity.

Try to allocate equal time to each unit when you are preparing for an exam...it is better to cover all of the units a little bit, than half of them 'really' well and half not at all. Especially if you tend to concentrate on the units that you find most interesting :-)

So, when reviewing, try going through each unit, pick out what you think the key concept(s) are that you think the professors want you to get out of it. Chances are that there will be questions on those concepts...there may be other ones you can't predict, but this will give you a solid base.

Review all of the material in the “Final Exam Study Aids” folder under the Lessons tab. This folder contains:

- “Course Review” document
- “GEOSC 10 Review Session” lecture via Mediasite live