Tips to Hike Up Your Math and Science Grades
Everybody has their weaknesses, and for a lot of people, those weaknesses often lie in science and math. Personally, I was OK in science but math was my weakness. It’s virtually universal – there seems to be a lot of people who have difficulties with math and science. But don’t worry about asking for help; it’s worth it. As with any other subject, there’s always someone who needs that extra assistance. It’s never just you.
Here are some things you can do to help yourself:
- Identify your weakness – In structured subjects like math and science, you can do better in one than another, such as biology versus chemistry, and statistics versus algebra. Look at your results and skills as objectively as you can. It’s hard to be tough on yourself sometimes, but you have to do it to identify a problem.
- Search for local help – The reason why I say this is that there are several sources available to you within your own area. There are always willing classmates to help you out, some organizations or tutors offering sessions for a small fee ( or no fee). In addition, there are sometimes answer keys available in your own textbook, allowing for a bit of trial and error in regards to finding the correct answer. (Although this is never 100% accurate, as I remember, some answer keys were actually wrong to the dismay of my math teacher). Your teachers may also be able to point you to some helpful tutoring information.
- Optional: Professional help – there are newly-qualified teachers working with students one-on-one in their respective fields. This is often more costly than local help, but can be worth the extra cost if you’re looking for assistance to earn a better grade.
- Go to the internet – With the massive amount of knowledge available on the World Wide Web, there are a number of different ways available to help you learn math and science. Many sites also provide video tutorials. Find the area you’re having trouble with, and search for the best material available – this will require some trial and error, but can be very helpful for those who want visual and auditory aids.
- Consult your local bookstore – There are resources and study information for math and science. This will set you back a dollar or two, which is why I recommend that you go in person to find out if a particular book would be useful, and contributes to your knowledge of the current subject you’re learning from your teacher.
Remember: These are only guidelines and recommendations for how to get additional help, but the real help comes from within yourself and your determination to do better; otherwise that grade will stay the same or may slip even further. Putting in the effort to do well will pay off both in better grades and in understanding that everybody learns differently.