Yes, definitely. There are several ways to
improve your skills in math and science.
Unfortunately it might take a bit of work, but you
shouldn't let that get in your way. You have
already taken the first step by asking this
The first thing I would suggest is to study
hard and do extra practice. I know this can seem
slow and boring, but it is really the best way to
get good at math and science. Here are some tips
on good study habits:
- Do all of the assigned reading in the
textbook and if you need to, read extra sections
to help you understand difficult concepts.
- Ask questions during class.
- Take notes.
- Start your homework early so you have time to
ask questions if you need help.
- If you are having trouble with a certain topic,
ask your teacher for extra problems you can do for
However, if you are having trouble in your current
math and science courses, it may be because of
concepts from previous courses that you may have
missed. I think this is one of the hardest
problems to address because first you have to be
able to identify where the gap in your knowledge
is before you can fill it in. If you think that
this might be your problem, please don't be
embarrassed or worry that you are not smart
enough. I know it can be scary to ask a teacher
for help with a topic that they expect you to know
already, but I promise it is worth it to ask for
help. Asking for help on gaps in your knowledge
will improve your understanding of concepts that
you will continue to need to succeed in math and
Another thing that might help is tutoring
because not only can a good tutor help you with
concepts in your current courses, he/she can also
help you identify and address weaknesses that are
holding you back. Tutors usually have more time to
give you personal help than teachers, but they can
also be expensive so this may not be an option for
everyone. You can check with your school to see if
they offer tutoring.
My last piece of advice is don't worry about
test scores, worry about understanding. I'm not
saying this because test scores are not important,
but because they are not enough. In order to be a
scientist, you truly need to understand the math
and science concepts that you are learning. Test
scores are not always a good measure of true
Good luck, work hard, and don't be afraid to
ask for help!
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