Hi. I'd like to take this first section of this blog to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie, and I've recently joined this site in the past week. I stumbled upon this website job hunting when I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut and I was immediately impressed with the quality and professionalism in finding students to tutor. I've always been good with kids, and as I ponder through what I should be doing with my degree in Chemistry, it occurred to me that maybe I should pursue an education degree, and what better way to get a little bit of experience then through tutoring? I'm hoping through out the time that I continue to enjoy this service and begin my tutoring adventures and helping students of all ages and backgrounds succeed in their education, will give me some inspiration if and when I become a teacher. I'm excited to start on this new path and all the students I hope to meet. You can find a little bit more about me on my profile page.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, how about a few study tips to help people out?
Let's start out with science in general. Most students avoid any type of science class, as they are not prepared for the amount of work, math background and the complexity of theory some science courses have in general. As a Chemistry major, I can attest that it wasn't easy. Long hours of studying and many many problems were done just to grasp the material. On top of that, I had to review everything and understand the theory behind everything. No one wants to do that, right? (Unless maybe you're a rocket scientist with lots of time on their hand...just kidding)
So how do you go ahead and tackle that crazy science class that you need to graduate or its required in your school? Well, here are a few tips and tricks:
1. Before you're class: Review. Review. Review. Review. I cannot stress enough how much this helps. This is probably the initial step to take to master the subject. You are going over previous material that you've already learned, and on top of that, you are prepared for what will be taught that day in class. You'll understand somewhat where the professor is going and can make extra room for any notes that you feel are necessary.
2. If your class requires a lot of calculations or math based problems, go over the example problems. Take one for the test run and follow it through all the way. If there is anything you didn't understand, make a note of it and ask your teacher. There is no harm in asking your teacher what you are doing wrong, or why the book takes a different approach then one you've planned out.
3. If you've done all your required work, go ahead. Make notecards detailing theories, definitions, equations. Make your own notes, or better yet, outline the next lesson.
So next time you're in a science class, take an approach that you're comfortable with. These are just suggestions that could help supplement your own study habits. These can also be applied to a math class. I would just add that you all the problems within the lesson, e.g. example problems and also supplement problems.
So how about a language class? Your sitting in a Spanish class or an Italian class and have no idea how to study for your next class. Your teacher is talking really fast and can't catch anything. Or your book is not written well. Here are a few tips.
1. Flashcards. Just like any other class, you're going to have a lot vocabulary words of a specific subject area like family, or school. Make flashcards and quickly test yourself through them all, noting which ones you're having trouble with. The trouble ones, make up a rhyme or find a pattern to help you memorize what words says what.
2. Grammar. We hate it. Has to be the worst thing about learning a language. You don't know why something is done, but its done. So you just go with the flow and hope on the next exam that you'll remember that trick or the exception. Again, go through each grammar lesson and write down the MAJOR idea for it, then underneath it write an example to show that. If the grammar rule has an exception, write that down too, but off to the side. Maybe in big letters...big RED letters...the colors will usually tell us when something is amiss or to grab our attention.
Well, that would conclude this first blog post. In my next blog post, I'll start to cover some very basic tips on how to solve a math problem of any level.
And as we say in Italian: In bocco al'lupo!! --> meaning Good Luck!!