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.
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;
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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