5. Actually study. There is a large gap between real knowledge and familiarity. Just being familiar with a topic is not good enough. I've set up a purposeful plan for my classes to have you read through the content, take notes, and practice understanding with labs, demonstrations, and written reviews. If you are faithful on a daily basis, it will likely not take much effort to prepare for a test or quiz. (Each of the unit quizzes have specific descriptions at the bottom of the unit webpages on this site. Read through them to make sure you are studying the proper content/skills.)
4. Take charge of your personal education. You are in this course to learn something, not just fill out random pieces of paper. When you are doing your homework, make it yours. There is nothing wrong with asking others (especially your instructor) for help, but it is you alone that will be taking the unit assessments. Be faithful. Regularly analyze what you know and what you might need to know better. Use your gifts and ask questions when you need more understanding.
3. Pay special attention to demonstrations and labs. Your understanding of the labs and demonstrations will be assessed on the unit tests. It is a good idea to read through the lab directions as an assignment the day before you do them. This helps you to better focus on the application and reason for the lab, rather than just what you are supposed to do. If you are absent for a lab or demonstration, it is your responsibility to make sure you make up for it. This can mean setting up a time with the instructor to do a lab on your own if possible, or getting good notes from another reliable student. You are expected to fill out the labs in your unit portfolio whether you are present or absent.
2. Take Good Notes. For the most part your notes are planned out for you already. I do it this way so you are kept on task and are providing yourself with good study materials. Take especially good notes on items that are diagrammed on the white board.
1. Read your textbook when it is assigned in class. The reason for these reading assignments is to get you to be somewhat familiar with content before we go through it in class. If you neglect to do this portion faithfully, you may limit the amount of learning that can be made during each of the following steps. (Physical Science Students: It really does pay off to read through a section and then fill out the Reading pages in your unit portfolio. Just skimming to find answers and fill out a piece of paper limits your mind's ability to retain information in the long-run. Dedication does pay off.)
Physical Science - Unit 12 Chemistry - Unit 10 Scientific Inquiry - Unit 5
How to Use this Website
I maintain this website to provide you with extra tools to help you study and stay on top of things. There is a link to each of the units in my courses to the left. On each page, look for the following:
How to Succeed in My Courses