Jessica Liley answered on 12 Nov 2013:
A great scientist will like solving problems, be interested in the world around them, have good observational skills, imagination and lots of patience! Most of all, like any other subject, if you just really enjoy learning about science then you will probably be very good at it too 🙂
Ask lots of questions – it’s the best way to understand something you didn’t before, and there’s no such thing as a silly question!
Practice experiments – getting experiments to work sometimes takes lots of patience, but it’s worth it in the end when things start to work!
Read about the topic – find what interests you the most and do a bit of research on it from a book or the internet.
Ooh and another one I’ve learnt recently… when you’re experimenting, write EVERYTHING down. It’s so easy to forget what you’ve done and then you end up going in circles!
If I think of any others, I’ll write again 🙂
Nicola Potts answered on 13 Nov 2013:
This is a really tough question!
It’s hard to give anyone ‘top tips’ as everyone is so different, we learn differently, have different interests, work in different areas of science.
If I could back in time and give myself some tips I would say;
Maths is your friend not your enemy
Don’t think I don’t have to learn biology as I am interested in chemistry … you’ll be surprised how much different subjects can overlap
Don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand something, and definitely ask more questions.
Science is fun – so find the fun.
I might also have to get back to this question if I think of anything else!
Sarah Tesh answered on 13 Nov 2013:
I agree with Jessica and Nicci! Questions, practice, reading up on the subject more and writing everything down are definitely key.
I’d also say be patient! Machines break or are being used by others and experiments go wrong or can be really wrong. It can be so frustrating and I’ve really had to learn to be patient.
Also have an escape. Things can be overwhelming at times and I find I need something to distract me. Pinterest, Sporcle and cross-words are particular favourites in my office :p
James King answered on 14 Nov 2013:
I would say a top tip for science is to use it!
Having a science background can help you in more ways than you can imagine! Although challenging at times having knowledge in any or all of the science fields will put you ahead of others in your career and in life.
One thing that can be said is that the resources for learning science go beyond your textbook and classroom – use the internet, friends, and summer camps to your advantage. Science can be taught and is learned in many different ways, so it is best to expose yourself to as many of these learning environments as possible!