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Can Shakespeare help you solve ACT Science?
Every year, students pass on the idea of taking the ACT because they are turned off by the idea of taking an ACT science section. We often hear reasons such as “I don’t want to take an extra section” or “science is my weakest subject in school”. We also see students who plateau on ACT science and cannot seem to get that high score. What students don’t realize is that your approach to ACT science is really no different your approach to reading comprehension!
The common approach to ACT Science...
Let’s face it, we’re tired of having to remember new “tricks” that we are expected to remember throughout the duration of a three hour test. Not only are we given different “tricks” for math, writing, science, and reading comprehension, these “tricks” will most likely serve us no purpose once the test is finished.
The Hillview Prep difference: A consolidated and versatile approach.
Rather than teaching “tricks”, we must understand that we can use comprehension strategies to develop natural abilities and skills that are versatile across all sections of the ACT. What’s even greater about these abilities and skills? They can be used on any standardized test, any aspect of academia, and in real world situations!
Reading Comprehension vs. ACT Science: they’re different, or are they?
Are you struggling with ACT Science? Try improving your reading comprehension! What does reading comprehension have to do with science? Simply put, both sections have the same approach and same comprehension methods.
The Correlation: Structure.
Thesis vs. hypothesis; charts/graphs vs. body paragraphs; conclusion vs. well, the conclusion: Science experiments and reading passages have the same structure! It’s no surprise that a student who struggles with ACT science also struggles with ACT reading comprehension.
Struggling with ACT science? This doesn’t mean that you’re bad at science! It means that you must improve your reading comprehension skills. Let’s kill two birds with one stone: At Hillview Prep, our structural approach to reading comprehension, and science, allows students to comprehend and classify more efficiently, ultimately improving pacing, accuracy, confidence, and scores.
That is the Hillview Prep difference.
Testing is better than studying!
What?? You don't believe we said that. Do you? Yes, testing helps with retrieving of information. Think of filing away your important documents in your filing cabinet. How quickly can you retrieve the document you filed today, yesterday, or a few weeks ago? If you can retrieve the information quickly, you can answer questions on the SAT, ACT or any other test—or just be more productive in life. Thus, testing—in non stressful situations—is the best way to learn, because you practice retrieval of stored information.
Take notes by chunking and consolidating information.
Students who take Cornell style notes do not realized the importance of consolidation: it helps them to understand and practice how the brain works best. There's no need to review your book again—you can just review your 'consolidated notes'!
Why are Cornell style of notes important?
It helps you practice how to learn—putting information in chunks, helping your working memory, which has limited storage capacity. Working memory is like a computer's RAM. It is fast but has low storage capacity. Scientists believe you can put at most 'seven' units of information, though only three or four units is best. Think of it like having three or four storage shelfs.
Consolidation helps you deal with your working memory.
Clump similar things into one spot or shelf. Write things down and classify them. Classification helps with understanding and memorize things. Two processes: encoding and retrieval, which many people don't focus on.
Retrieval requires practice.
It is similar to filing things in your cabinet, but then not remembering where it is. What you never did was practice retrieval. Quizzing is therefore absolutely essential, and students need to be experts at practicing retrieval: at quizzing. Teaching is also a retrieval practice.
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