Studying for Science courses

"Here is how I studied: Read assigned chapters, Print out objectives, lecture notes and image database (I hand-wrote picture descriptions); Study lecture notes (memorize body parts and try to visualize how the systems work (flow, process, etc.); Study images until I can name parts without looking at description" Student Nancy H.

Science courses often use many foreign-sounding terms that are not usually commonly known. Additionally, science courses often contain unfamiliar abstract concepts. Lastly, science courses usually have a large number of structures that must be visualized. As such, science courses require different study techniques that most other courses.

Some suggestions:
productively study at least two hours for each hour of class credit (roughly an hour a day);

read only what is suggested by instructor as science texts tend to contain more than the course requires;

identify concepts and facts that are important;

study frequently (two or three 20-minute sessions per day);

study by "doing" not just reading:

      study by making lists of new terms and write them 5 to 10 each to reinforce their spelling;

      study by making flash cards with pictures

      study by drawing diagrams of complex activities;

     study by telling a story out loud to "teach" the information;

      study by writing out information from notes, from memory

make practice quizzes and exams,  and test yourself;

      make the questions complex rather then simple memorization;

      have others ask you questions.

contact the instructor to make sure that your knowledge is accurate and complete;

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Science courses may require more studying then non-science courses but you can do well!

Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

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