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Objectives This chapter will provide students with specific strategies to be successful in math and science courses. Part Eight, Additional Learning Skills Studying Math and Science

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There is no way to pass mathematics and science courses without doing a great deal of hard work. Mathematics and science courses demand: Excellent attendance Complete notes Extensive homework Intensive study sessions. Doing well in these classes is possible. You must be aware of the adjustments you should make when you switch from mathematics and science form your less technical subjects.

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In mathematics and science courses: Knowledge is cumulative. Each fact or formula you learn must rest on a basic structure of all you have learned before. Great emphasis is placed on specialized vocabulary, rules, and formulas. Mathematics and science deal in precision. You need to understand specific rules, formulas, and vocabulary terms Special emphasis is placed on homework. You may be given numerical problems to complete. Their purpose is to give you practice in the kinds of material you will find on tests.

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In mathematics and science courses: Taking clear notes is crucial. You will often be copying problems, diagrams, formulas, and definitions from the blackboard. You will also be trying to follow your instructors train of thought as he or she explains how a problem is solved or how a process works. Be sure to include in your notes any information provided that helps you see the connections between steps or the relationship of one fact to another. As soon as possible after class, clarify and expand your notes while the material is still clear in your mind.

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In mathematics and science courses: Patient, slow reading is required. The information in math and science texts is densely packed. Texts are filled with special terms that are often unfamiliar. Blocks of text are interspersed with numerical formulas, problems to solve, charts, diagrams, and drawings. Such textbooks cannot be read quickly, so you must keep up with assigned reading. Math and science texts are usually organized very clearly. They also include glossaries of terms and concise reviews at the ends of chapters.

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Read slowly. Dont skip over unfamiliar terms; take the time to look them up. Spend time with each sample problem. Study visual material accompanying the written explanations. Be organized, persistent, and willing to work, and you will succeed.

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