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START STRONG in Science

Introduction

Frequently Asked Questions


What will my science classes look like?


UW Science class and active learning activity

Science classes come in all shapes, sizes, and styles

  • How large your science class is depends on what course you take and where. Community colleges have smaller classes that those at UW.
  • Almost all freshmen-level science courses are lecture based, though some are more active-learning focus.
  • Another big component of science courses at UW and the community colleges is the lab sections and discussion sections. These sections are composed of a smaller section of your lecture class, and consists of hands-on activities or problem sets. 
  • Expect to use some sort of technology in your course, be it online textbooks, clickers, or homework. To be successful, it's important to be familiar with the technology. 

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In-class time is limited, and out-of-class work is essential

  • Overall, you'll spend about 70% less time in class in community college and university science courses compared to that of a typical high school science course. To be successful, be prepared to the majority of work necessary on your own time.
  • Class time is used for lecture and discussing material, and you're are expected to study and gain competency outside of class. How much time you spend on studying depends on you, but to be successful, you must put in the time.

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Grades

  • Grades in community colleges and university science classes are focused, with certain grades, like exams, weighed more heavily than others (see your course syllabus for the breakdown).  To be successful, you need to keep track of your grades through out the semester.
  • Deadlines for assignments and tests are enforced. Know your instructor's policy on late assignments (see syllabus).
  • Reading in science courses is essential to understanding the content and being successful in class. Just because you might not receive a grade on daily readings doesn't mean it's not optional.

How can I get help in science?


Numerous ways to get help, if you reach out

  • As a college student, you are responsible for your learning. You have to go looking for the assistance, and you'll be rewarded when you do.
  • At Wyoming community colleges and the University of Wyoming, there are lots of ways to get help in the sciences. As in-class time is limited, take advantage of assistance outside of class.
  • All successful students take advantage of the opportunities for extra help on and off campus, be it going to their instructor's office hours or going to tutoring.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to find and utilize extra help.

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Opportunities

Your instructors care about you and your success, so talk to them when you have questions, are struggling, or want advice. It is your responsibility to reach out to your instructors.

Other opportunities for assistance are:

Lab Sections
Graduate Students (UW)
Tutoring
Supplemental Instruction (UW)
Peers
Study Groups

Check out science tutoring opportunities at your Wyoming community college of university by clicking on your institution's logo.


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