By Andre L. Williams
CCC Journalism Program
CAMDEN – Students gathered April 29 to learn tips and techniques for studying science.
“The main purpose for the workshop was to help students who struggle with science labs and tests,” said Ellen Davis, who is an Educational Opportunity Fund adviser at Camden County College and was in charge of teaching the workshop. “The workshop also was to teach students how to study and understand science’s concepts and applications.”
Davis has been conducting this workshop for three years and often runs the workshop twice a semester to help students prepare at the beginning and end of each semester.
The workshop was mainly for EOF students but was open to any student who wanted to attend. EOF students are required to attend at least two workshops per semester.
Porsha Baylor is an EOF student at CCC in her second year. She is a human service major and attended the workshop to prepare for science finals and to help her get a head start with preparing for other science classes she may have to take.
“I learned how to take better notes for science and it taught me the different ways you can study for science,” said Baylor.
The workshop consisted of about 20 students, all of whom are taking science classes or have to in the near future. Davis ran the workshop by putting together a PowerPoint and handing out numerous worksheets she felt would help students better study for science.
“The PowerPoint came from a lot of experiences I had as a student and also input I took from the science faculty here at CCC,” said Davis.
Throughout the workshop Davis also used some online recordings from science professors of suggestions on how students should study science.
Based on the reaction from the students, the one main popular study tip students learned was to draw a concept map. This is a diagram that allows students to depict suggested relationships between concepts.
Students liked the concept map and felt it made studying for science a little easier.
The workshop lasted for about an hour and students found it helpful.
“I found it very helpful and next semester I definitely plan on attending again,” said Baylor.
Students were engaged and had many questions for Davis as she taught the workshop.
When asked what her favorite part of the workshop was, Davis replied, “the reaction on the students’ faces.”