Tips on how to excel in science and math classesÖ|
1. Appearance isnít everything. Know that just because someone appears confident doesnít mean that they understand things better than you!
2. Explain it out loud. Talk to the people in your life (even your parents) about what youíre studying. Having to explain it out loud will help you remember it better, and it will help point out what you donít understand. Sign up to tutor others; youíll learn stuff much more deeply.
3. Plan your time. Start your work early. Youíre much less likely to freak out and think you canít do something if you know you have plenty of time. Make a study schedule and stick to it. Know what you can eliminate in your life if you get overwhelmed.
4. Ask questions! Get help! Talk to teachers, TAís, friends, enemies. Form study groups; you can learn a lot more working with others. Remember that lots of people feel embarrassed when they donít understand something; donít let that stop you from asking!
5. Try, try again. Attack problems from multiple angles. Practice doing the hard stuff over and over. Donít assume that youíre the problem when you canít understand or solve something.
6. Know whatís expected of you in your classes. Understand what it means for a test to be ďcurved.Ē (Sometimes just failing less badly than everyone else means you actually do well!) Be sure to research what you are getting yourself into when you sign up for a class. Take risks, but donít take Ďem all at once!