Preparation for high school and beyond is our goal. Therefore, much of this year’s academic responsibilities will become yours to embrace and explore as you become a more independent learner.
Suggested Strategies to Succeed
Actively participating in your own learning is very important. The following are some suggestions to help you get the most out of class:
- Record your homework in your agenda every day at the start of class. When it has been completed, check it off or mark it as done in your agenda.
- Always answer all questions to the best of your ability. Never leave anything blank. A best guess is better than no guess.
- Review old and new science material for about 10-15 minutes each night. A little bit over a longer period of time goes a long way towards learning and using the material.
- Find your routine. Studying and completing your work in the same location at a similar time can help.
- Use a variety of study strategies along the way. For example, you could make notecards of the vocabulary in your own words as it is covered. You could graphically organize the material as it is covered to help you find connections amongst the concepts and keep the information organized. You could put the information into song format. Please see me for more ideas if you need them.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help! There are many opportunities during the day to ask outside of just class time, too.
- Take notes during class even when they are not required. Translate the material/concepts into your own words. These notes could be pictures, words, or a combination of both, for example.
- Stay organized using your science binder. All papers should be dated for the date on which they are used/given and in the designated sections.
- Pay attention in class, and try not to get caught up in the materials. Ask yourself why you are using these materials. What are you using them to show or how can you use them to explore and find out about the big ideas?
- Follow directions very carefully. Read all directions before you begin. Try to visualize yourself doing a lab as you read lab procedures. Always ask before you do if there is any doubt. Safety in a science lab is of utmost importance to avoid injury to yourself or others.
- Details matter in many places. For example, strong observation skills will help see past just what you see first and provide you a more all inclusive picture of what's going on. Also, science writing will need the details to clearly explain results and connections amongst concepts.
- Use your resources (this website, agenda, your binder, the text, etc.).