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I agree. I don't start rounding off my sig figs until the very end when I receive the answer, to which I then correctly round the sig figs to. However, I am sure that even if you round your sig figs after every step, points will not be taken off for not having the most accurate answer.
Prof. Lavelle said that he isn't stressing sig figs as much as the content/information. Although, it's a better idea to round off at the end, because truncating your numbers too early can drastically change your answer.
A TA and UA said to only round off to the number of sig figs you need at the very end of the problem, that way you can make the answer as accurate as possible. Also you're supposed to have as many sig figs in the answer as there are in the given numbers with the least sig figs. So for example, if you're given 2.5g of A and 355g of B and are asked to solve a problem, the answer should have just 2 sig figs (from the 2.5).
In order to have the most precise and accurate answer, it is best to not round sig figs until the end once you have finished the problem. To figure out the number of sig figs you use, look at the number of sig figs used in the original problem.
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