Study Tips for I.P.C.


There are some general study tips for I.P.C. which can be applied to all classes.  There are also some very specific tips for different assessments.  Please choose the link you would like to know more about below:
General Study Tips
Internet Help on Projects
Studying for Quizzes on Notes
Studying for Tests
General Study Tips:
Tackling the Science Book:
1. Read the book very carefully. Don't try speed reading or skimming.  Have a notebook ready to write down questions or new words you read.
2. Look at the topic and chapter headings.  You can usually get the main idea by reading these, and looking at any boxes that highlight information.
3. Our science book is like a pyramid - one fact builds on top of the last fact.
4. Don't get behind in your reading/note taking. Studying IPC is like learning to play soccer. Skills (and ideas) build every day. Don't try cramming.
5. Pay close attention to anything in bold or italics. The author is trying to get your attention.
6. Dig through the diagrams and charts. Try to get what point they are making.
7. Don't skip any diagrams, charts or illustrations. They usually point out an important concept you'll need.
8.  To remember more, close your eyes and see if you can picture the chart in your mind. That will help you remember the information
9.  Remember that once you have read the section and written down the important information, we do discuss it in class.  The reason you take notes, is to give you a little bit of a background into what we are going to discuss so you will know what your questions may be.
What to do before class:
1. Scan over what you read the day before.
2. Look ahead at the chapter that is next. Get an idea of what the new topic is.
3. Daydream for a moment. Do you already know something about this topic? What do you know?
4. Look at the chapter headings, charts and pictures.
5. Get a picture in your mind of what the new chapter is all about.
6. Ask yourself: which concepts, rules or formulas were covered in class? Will any of them help solve this problem?
7. Make up your own practice tests from your notes.
8. If you get lost, don't wait. Immediately ask for help or come to tutorials!
Homework help:
1. Schedule time to look over your class notes every day.
2. Make notes on any new concepts and formulas you just learned. 
3. Plan to take a ten minute break for every hour of study.
4. Getting lost or bored? Talk to yourself! No kidding...stop at the end of each paragraph to say out loud what it was about
5. Use your reading to fill in any important facts missing from your class notes
6. Don't highlight or underline bunches of text. Not everything is of major importance.
7.  Redraw the diagrams and charts yourself. That helps you remember them.
8.  If you have a question, ask!
9.  Be sure you have the phone number of someone else in the class... arrange to work together or call each other with questions.  
10.  You can always try to e-mail Ms. W.  If she hasn't checked e-mail for the evening, you could very well get an immediate answer.
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Internet Help on Projects:
I have set up a page for each project which will include some of the links I have found to be helpful for each project:

Helpful Project Links

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Studying for Quizzes on Notes:
Really there is no hard and fast method to study for these quizzes.  In reality, the quizzes over the notes are to be sure the students read the material before we discuss it in class.  If the students have their own notes, then when we go over the section in class, they already have some information written down and do not spend all their class time copying from the overhead, instead they are able to participate in the discussion.  Basic suggestions for taking notes would be the following:
1.  Be sure you include all the bold vocabulary words.
2.  The textbook is written as any other book in the sense that each paragraph has a topic sentence.  If you are having trouble taking notes, as you read each section, write down the main idea from each paragraph, before you know it, you will have a lot of notes, and they will be specific and accurate.
3.  Do all the Problem solving math problems as you get to them.  
4.  Write down all the formulas, see if you can make up your own triangle.  (If not, you can check out the problem set information on this website which will have the triangles as well. <click here to go to the problem set jump page>)
5.  Be sure you write down all the units associated with the different formulas.
6.  Look at all the charts, do they seem important enough to copy into your notes or are they just examples?
7.  Look at all the pictures and read the captions.  These sometimes contain information you would want to write down in your notes.  They could also be examples which would make the information easier to understand.
8.  If you have tried these strategies and you are still doing poorly, come to tutorials!  I will be happy to go through a section with you and show you exactly how to find the important information!
9.  In iour IPC book, the blue word in the left hand column will help you identify what the sections are about and focus your notes. USE THEM!


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Studying for Tests:
The best suggestion I have is one word:  Your Science Log! This is filled with all the warm-up questions with answers.  This truly is one of your best resources for studying for tests.  These warm-up questions are the kind of multiple choice or short answers which may appear on the tests.  So, go through and have someone ask you the questions you have written down.  They will be able to tell if you are correct or not since you will also have the answers written there.  Use the resources available to you. :)
Before the test look over: (In this order based on time:)
1.  Your science log (again.)
2.  Your notes from class
3.  Your problem set papers for samples of the word problems you may see on the test
4.  Your chapter in the book
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