2 Science Courses are Different This may be the first science course of your college careerScience courses may require more study time than non-science coursesYou must think and reason about the concepts in a science courseYou should expect to spend at least 2 hours studying for each credit hour of class per week
3 Active Learning Learning is a two-way street Stay alert Practice active listeningTake notes
4 Your Listening Style Determine your listening style If you have a more passive listening style, consider ways you can become a more active listenerListen for key ideasPay particular attention to the points raised by instructors at the end of classAsk questions
5 Taking Notes in Lecture RecordReduceReciteReflectReview
6 Taking Notes in Lecture – Record & Reduce HeadingDateClass2. Reduce (after class)Note key words, phrasesLink objectivesWrite out questions of your ownLink information from the text or other sourcesRecord notes hereIdentify the main pointsCapture the main ideasUse outlines or concept mapsUse words and pictures to get the information down quicklyAvoid quotingPlace for additional notes when reviewing/studying
8 Taking Notes in Lecture - Recite Talk aloudReview from memory what you have learnedUsing the left hand margin’s key words and questions, talk through or illustrate definitions, concepts, etc.Create your own examples
9 Taking Notes in Lecture - Reflect How does this relate to what you already knew?Note the essay termsCompareContrastDefineDescribeDiscussExplain
10 Taking Notes in Lecture – Review Review the notes you tookAt your next study sessionBefore reading new materialWhen studying for tests
12 Reading Determine your reading style Holistic reading styles are noncriticalAnalytic reading styles are very detailed and criticalHow do you think your reading style affects the way you learn material?Is your reading style related to the kinds of subjects you prefer?
13 ReadingYou must read the material before class (look at your schedule)Choose a moderate amount of material before you beginIf there is a summary at the end of the chapter, read itRead first for what you do understand (mark what you don’t to review later)Practice the “look away” methodLook up wordsRead to the end
14 ReadingOrganize your notes by connecting ideas (outline or concept map)Re-read the section with the framework you have chosenIf the reading is still a challenge, seek help!
15 Reading and Taking Notes SQ3RRead, review, writeConcept mapping
16 How to Study for Science Classes Studying is an ACTIVE process (Study by doing, not just reading and highlighting)study by making lists of new terms and write them 5 to 10 times each to reinforce their spellingstudy by making flash cards with picturesstudy by drawing diagrams of complex activitiesstudy by telling a story out loud to "teach" the informationstudy by writing out information from notes, from memory
17 Before LabPrepare before each lab class to get the most out of your lab timeRead material as it pertains to lab (handouts, text, atlas)Place bookmarks or colored tabs on the assigned images in the text or atlas so you can find them easilyBring your textbook and your atlas (if required) to lab every weekCheck Angel for handouts you may need to bring to lab
18 During Lab You need to actually handle the models and bones You need to actually look at the histology – you should even draw pictures of the histologyObserve structures carefully, particularly noting where they are in relationship with other structuresUse the entire name of a structure. Repeat it aloud. What does the name mean?Stay focused on the work in labWork cooperatively – do not spend time chit-chatting, but you may want to find a lab partner to study withLEAVING LAB EARLY IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR GRADE
19 After Lab Review newest material first and most Review older material regularlyPlan to use “open lab” times when providedReview previously used modelsReview previously used histology slides
20 Avoiding ProblemsRead the Catalog and be aware of course prerequisites.Read the syllabus and be aware of course policies!Read the course schedule and know when you will have exams!Choose a seat that will promote good note-takingAccept the instructor, despite his or her limitationsLet your instructor know as soon as possible if you will have problems attending class or meeting deadlines. Before the fact is always better than after.
21 Other Tips for Success Arrive to lecture early or on time Attend every classTake notes during the ENTIRE lectureAsk questionsStudy EVERY day!Check out the book’s website and do the questions at the end of each chapterUse different study techniquesForm a study groupRecord the lecture and listen to it again (and again)
22 Places to go if you need help Your instructor’s office hours or tutoring hoursOpen labsCARE center (P-600)