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How can I improve my grades in science classes?

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YU’s Answer

Science is to solve the known problem and find the unknown problem for the next generation scientist to solve. If you do not score perfect in science, as normal human being does, you can identify the problem first. Which part of science class you did the worst? Remember, science is not a abstract field but a practice field, even in theory physics.

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Donna’s Answer

First, let me applaud you for wanting to improve. Many students just say "oh, I am not good at that subject," and they never try to get better. But the good news is you are living in the right time period to get the help you need. Even if your textbook is difficult to understand, and even if it seems you are confused about some scientific theories, you are NOT alone. In fact, there are so many wonderful scientists online, and they have websites, articles, videos, etc. You can read their ideas and watch them as they explain the topic to you. There are also TED Talks (you can find them on You Tube) where famous men and women of science discuss areas of science that they care about, often in a very understandable and interesting way. Perhaps there is an aspect of science that interests you: many people today care about climate change, or they care about outer space (Will we find any new planets? Will be find out if there is life on some of the planets were are researching?). If you can start learning from the experts, using the internet to do it, you will undoubtedly find it has a positive impact on your grades.


Also, be sure to take good notes when studying -- with science, you are trying to find out WHY something happened, as well as HOW it happened. So, don't just memorize a theory. Teachers want to know if you understand it. Think about what it means, and think of good examples that would explain it. Knowing how to explain (in your own words) and then apply (show how this could be used in daily life) a scientific theory is another thing that will help boost your grades. See if you can find some online sites that demonstrate certain theories-- showing you how and why a certain chemical reaction occurs, for example. Being able to visualize a scientific theory or concept is one way to better understand it. (And don't be shy about asking for help-- if you are sincerely trying, and can show your teacher that you are making a good effort, most teachers will be willing to give you some guidance. They just want to see that you have made an honest attempt to find the answer yourself. )

Donna recommends the following next steps:

Seek out some reliable and respected general science websites for young people. In the USA (where I am from), there is a television network called PBS, and it produces many basic educational videos for kids. You may be able to watch some of them even in your country. If you can't, see if there are any science videos for young people that are available to you, and start watching some of them. Take some notes while you watch!
Find some videos from respected scientists who are discussing specific issues they are interested in. In America, we have Bill Nye the Science Guy (he cares deeply about global climate change) and I am sure there is someone like that in your country. Begin reading about what famous scientists have done, and it may help you to get a better foundation in scientific theories.
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Troy’s Answer

Good day,

You're in luck, with good friends, classmates, tutoring, and extra desire you are able to raise your grades in this class. Having friends and classmates explain things to you can help gain valuable insight that may make more sense to you. A professional tutor can work wonders as well, or if your school offers tutoring. This can give you more time to look at the work through a framework that is more at your own pace and learning style. As a last resort do not give up on your teacher, ask them for all the help you can that will go a long way. However, if your not feeling valued next semester or year you may choose to find one that has better chemistry with you.

My best to you, and with patience and focus I'm certain you will get the results you're after! :)
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Supreethkumar’s Answer

Try to enjoy the concepts rather than practicing them.
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Nami’s Answer

Hi!

We all have subjects that we don't do quite so well in and good job, trying to get better at it. As a student, what worked for me was - seeking help from my other classmates, reaching out to the teacher for additional guidance. Additionally, you could try looking at videos on youtube to help you understand concepts visually

All the best!
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