Words to Watch for:
Strategies for answering Essay questions:
Strategies for answering Short Answer questions:
When defining vocabulary terms, be sure to:
Overcoming Math and Science Anxiety: A hundred cartloads of anxiety will not pay an ounce of debt. – Italian proverb
When learning new science and math content, keep these principles in mind…
1. Concepts build upon prior knowledge.
2. Make using your text book a priority.
3. Actively participate in class.
When taking a Math or Science test…
1. Restate questions into English.
2. Think before you act.
3. Draw a picture.
4. Make an educated guess before working the problem (or looking at possible answers).
10. Didn’t follow the directions.
Always read the directions before starting.
9. Ran out of time—spent too much time on one section.
Figure out how much time you have per question—move on if you are stumped!
8. Changed answers from correct to incorrect.
Only change an answer if you are positive that you wrote the wrong answer—1st impressions are often correct.
7. Didn’t go back and review answers.
Always leave time to read over your answers—those who do often score higher.
6. Made careless mistakes.
Make sure you read the question carefully and double-check your answer.
5. Didn’t support essay answers with facts and details.
Be sure the info you are studying from has the required details and supporting examples.
4. Accidentally marked the wrong bubble on the answer sheet.
3. Didn’t understand the question, and didn’t ask for help.
Ask for clarification/for the teacher to rephrase the question, or restate the question to the teacher to make sure you understand what is being asked.
2. Wrote lots of words, but didn’t really answer the question.
Circle and underline key words in the question—identify how many parts there are to the question, and make sure you answer them all.
1. Didn’t know the test material very well!
Take better notes, actively review every day, ask your teacher for help, join a study group.