Every student has their own goals with respect to what they want to achieve in their Math and Science courses. Whether a student is looking to simply get through their course, or they are looking to excel in their course, students often struggle with finding effective work and studying habits. With this in mind, here are four work and study tips to help you achieve your goals in your Math and Science courses:
4 Study & Work Tips To Help You Excel
- Pre-read before class – Everyone has been told that they should “read ahead”. Finding the motivation to read a math or science textbook can be challenging, but the benefits of reading ahead can be measurable. Instead of just taking notes during class, you can actually follow along with what your teacher is doing as they are presenting content that you have already read about. Pre-reading also gives you the opportunity to develop a list of questions that you might have about the concepts in advance, helping you to ensure that all of your gaps in understanding are filled by the end of the class. Pre-reading is a very effective way to maximize the value of your class time, and ensure that you leave your classes feeling like you fully understand the content that is presented.
- Re-write your notes after class – Many studies have shown that writing something down is an excellent way to learn and retain information. Often times, during class, students are just trying to keep up with the pace of their teacher, and aren’t really able to retain what is being presented, even as they are writing it down. This is why taking the time after class to re-write your notes can be extremely helpful, as it forces you to review what was presented, and will also ensure that your less “rushed” notes are in a format that you can effectively review when you are preparing for quizzes and tests.
- Practice a little bit everyday – Another old cliché when it comes to studying Math and Science is that you should practice “a little bit everyday”, which again, can be challenging, particularly when studying for your Math and Science courses is competing with all of your other academic and social commitments. However, there are huge benefits to practicing a little bit everyday. Trying problem solving techniques repeatedly over a number of days will help you to become comfortable with the techniques that are required, as well as ensure that you are exposed to all of the different types of questions that will be asked in your courses.
- Don’t let your weekly tutoring session be your only studying – Many students will seek out the support of tutors to help them with their Math and Science courses, and a good tutor can be a very effective resource to help a student achieve their goals. However, some students see a tutoring session as THE solution, and will sometimes limit their weekly work and studying to their tutoring session. Whether you seek out the support of a tutor or not, one hour a week is simply not enough time for a student to become comfortable with the content in their Math and Science courses. Be sure to make sure that you spend additional time studying and practicing outside of your tutoring sessions.
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