How To Be Successful in Science

The word STUDENT comes from the latin root studeo or studere … both of which mean to press forward as one who studies. Studying is the key to success in nearly every class in the same way that practice is the key in learning a musical instrument, new language, mastering a sport, or picking up a new dance move. Simply put, study…

A talented coach, fancy soccer cleats, a brand new soccer ball, fresh and smooth grass…. all take a back seat to practice time. All of these can support a growing soccer player, but it is diligent and driven practice time that improves our well-trained bodies… and this is equally true with well trained minds.

In my classes students should spend at least 10-15 minutes per night studying science (I usually only assign 1 or 2 homework assignments per week). Those other 2 or 3 nights should have time set aside to make flash cards, recopy notes, read and re-read and re-re-read the text.
1. Flashcards

Recopy Your Notes

Read and Re-read the Textbook

For each of these, use paper. For emerging learners (what you are through middle school), paper textbooks and notes are better study tools than digital formats.

Participation Expectations - ask yourself these questions. These represent an important foundation for success in my classes.

  • Did you volunteer to/participate in a peer, on-topic discussion?
  • Did you speak 1-on-1 with Mr. Shargel?
  • What question(s) did you ask today in class?
  • What question(s) did you answer today in class?

  • How did you physically participate in the science lab today?
  • What activities you were in charge of as you worked on the lab? What did you personally do today?
  • What question(s) did you ask Mr. Shargel about in today’s activities?
  • Did you volunteer to/participate in a peer discussion about the lab activities?