I would have to say that the best way to learn in this class is to keep ahead in the readings, answer the questions in the study e-mails, and TAKE NOTES WHEN YOU READ HARRIS!!!!!
I would say to read! No matter what else you do, READ! And then keep an open mind about it. And don't skip out on Harris because he has some important stuff in there, even if it is the most boring book you may ever have to deal with.
Just as everyone else said, READ!!! Also, if possible start studying ahead of time, which includes the vocabulary. Never be afraid to ask Professor Na for help; he is a wise man. And did I mention READ?
My advice to anyone who takes this course is to try not to be overwhelmed by the amount of readings assigned. Pay attention to main themes of the readings, similarities/differences between books of the Bible, and main characters, events, and concepts. Read Harris closely. Answer the study guide questions consistently. Pay attention in class and participate in discussions. For the maps, try to start them early and, if necessary, consult other sources besides Harris and the Study Bible. For your studying, use the study guides, the list of terms, the focus texts (in the middle column on the syllabus) and Harris. Most importantly, be persistent in your efforts.
My advice would be to use your common sense. It’s never a big surprise what terms will be on the tests, what ideas are most important, and how books of the Bible should be distinguished. Dr. Na is very obvious about what things are important so figuring out what to study is not that big of a deal. Also, don’t procrastinate, there’s a lot of interesting information that you’ll miss out on learning if you try to cram, besides the fact that you’ll be kicking yourself afterwards for putting it off for so long.
Like everyone else has been saying, keep up with the reading even though he may not cover it in class the next day and take some notes in class, especially related to terms, Bible passages read (book and number), and anything you can put into a list. For the exams/quizzes go over the highlighted readings on the syllabus, the highlighted terms (even those not covered in class), and your lists you have kept track of. Most of the time, he will give you a general idea of topics to be covered on the next quiz/exam, so use that and the review sheets for help. He is very open and will stop class to answer any question you may have. If he goes too fast, slow him down. This will help you in the easy part on tests, but as for essays and written assignments, good luck.
All I can say is READ HARRIS! Honestly, it really does help. I know that at the time it can be a little tedious, but in the end it will provide a good deal of enlightening information on the Bible text that can be very perplexing at times. Although the class can be very overwhelming at times, Dr. Na is a wonderful prof who will take the time to help you out in any way that he can, so take advantage of that. Also if you have the opportunity to talk to someone who has taken the class before do so, and ask them if you can have their notes or old assignments or anything that will help you—its definitely worth the tiny bit of extra effort.
Do the reading and learn the books of the Bible.
Make sure you do the readings—remember participation in class is a large part of the final grade. Don’t be intimidated or afraid to speak your opinions. You must “empty your cup in order for it to be filled.” You may not agree with everything that is said in class, and at times it may become frustrating, but you must take everything into consideration because the Bible has many discrepancies and people have many misconceptions about it. If you need help learning the books of the Bible, I have a clever song that helped me learn the books of the OT and the NT J. Jen Lewis ('03)