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7 Succeeding in Science The following suggestions are meant to help you: -Learn more -Get better scores on tests and quizzes -Improve your problem solving and critical thinking skills -Do better on labs -Decrease your anxiety level Since there is no single method of study that works for everyone, you should adapt these suggestions to fit your needs. However, based on many years of teaching science and several years as a student before that, we have observed that successful students make use of most, if not all of these methods. 1. Discipline yourself to read the chapter before you hear the lecture in class. Having a foundation of understanding will help you immensely for when you hear the material from your instructor. 2. Don’t try to read the whole chapter in one sitting. If you have time, you may want to skim the chapter to see where you are heading, but in general learn the chapter a section at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed by the information. You may even want to keep notebook paper handy to jot down notes or questions you have for your teacher. Also, don’t highlight the whole book. 3. Take good notes in class. You may think you can remember the material over a period of time, but you will probably have lapses in memory when it comes to quiz or test time. Also, remember that the instructor is going to emphasize the material that he or she thinks is important. This is the information you will want to remember. Notes are also a good summary so you don’t have to continue to re-read the chapter in detail. 4. It is crucial that you try the problems that are given by the instructor and those that are in the book. Science is not a spectator sport. You will never get proficient at problem solving if you don’t practice, and that doesn’t mean watching someone else do it. 5. Learn the method of solution in solving problems associated with a particular concept, don’t just try to memorize particular problems. You may memorize 100 problems and the 101 st might be different. If you know the method you can figure out how to solve the problem. This will help you avoid having to accuse your instructor of giving you “trick” questions. 6. Find a quiet place to work away from distractions such as the television. It is generally difficult to absorb information when your attention is divided. 7. Do the problems for a section while the material is still fresh in your mind. This will help enforce your understanding and bring out any questions or difficulties you have before you move on to new material. 8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during class and take advantage of help sessions that are provided. Don’t let your misunderstanding snowball. Take care of small problems before they lead to bigger problems that are more difficult to overcome. Above all, keep up with the material.
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8 9. Use lab activities as an opportunity to help enforce your knowledge of the chapter. Unfortunately, many students view labs as “playtime” and they not only miss out on points by doing a haphazard job on
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