How to Pass a Science Test

Instructor: Eric Campos

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Performing well in science class can not only help you build a strong GPA and continue to the next grade level, but also open doors to several job opportunities and fields of interest. Read on for tips on how to pass any science test.

Listen in Class

The first step to passing any test is to begin preparing right there in the classroom. Science topics can be difficult, and understanding them often relies upon learning how one concept builds upon another. Don't be afraid to ask your instructor questions or request more detailed explanations, as this will help you better understand the material covered on your test! Paying attention in class will also prepare you to tackle homework assignments and projects. Check out Listening for Pragmatic Understanding for strategies on how to focus attention during class in order to maximize the experience.

Review Lab and Lecture Notes

Be sure to take detailed notes as your teacher lectures on a subject. Whether you're in biology, physics, or any other science class, taking notes will give you a convenient resource to study from for the exam. Keep track of important formulas, scientific principles, the properties of certain elements, and any other details you'll need to be familiar with as the class goes on. Reviewing these notes on a frequent basis will help build your knowledge consistently and prevent you from having to cram for your test.

Make sure to also take notes during labs throughout the course. The material covered during these sessions could also be featured on tests. For tips on effective note taking and other good study habits, look into this lesson on Taking Notes and Making Study Guides for Yourself.

Know the Vocabulary

Success in every science course depends on the ability to identify key terms. It's very important that you maintain a working knowledge of all vocabulary terms used in a course, as each test will draw heavily upon them. After each class, go back and familiarize yourself with all of the key terms covered that day. Another useful tactic would be to create flashcards for entire units and use them to study for tests. Here are a few resources to help you come up with your own flashcards:

Develop a Study Schedule

As your test date approaches, developing a structured study schedule will help alleviate stress and allow you to prioritize your time. Begin by identifying your strengths and weaknesses in the subject. You'll probably discover that there are aspects of the course you're very comfortable with and require less study time, while other sections need more attention. It may help to write down your study schedule so you can allocate specific times to focus on different sections of the course.

This is also a chance for you to mix up your study routine. You can factor in time to review your notes and graded quizzes, study flashcards, or even integrate group study sessions with your classmates. An organized study schedule will not only help you pass your test, but also develop time management skills in the process. To get started on forming your own study schedule, check out How to Improve Your Study Skills.

Take Advantage of Online Study Resources

To supplement your test preparation, offers a variety of online resources to help you review key terms and science concepts or practice solving equations. These courses are mobile friendly and available at any time. Each course contains detailed lesson transcripts, practice quizzes, video lessons, and more.

Check out this directory of science courses for a complete listing of titles covering a broad range of topics and grade levels, and view the courses below for a small sampling of the useful resources on offer:

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