High school science can start to get complicated for students because it moves further away from the fundamentals. Basic principles of science before high school would not cover many details, and concepts would be rather broad. When students move on to high school, everything may seem abstract and complex. This is the primary reason why science tuition has become common and students seek the help of experienced tutors for help.
There is high demand for science tutoring and thus many undergraduates are also signing themselves up to become part time tutors. Science tutoring programs are extremely helpful in guiding students to learn concepts in an engaging way. They enable students to get an idea of concepts in the practical aspect instead of plainly memorising the theory part of it all.
Here are some science tutoring programs that enable students to learn science in an interactive and engaging way…
Firstly, tutors can arrange class outings and field trips to make learning more hands-on and fun. For example, students can identify different species of plants and their bio density in a particular plot of land and try to come up with explanations to explain any observations. This allows students to apply the concepts they have learnt in Biology to an actual environment instead of applying it in theoretical scenarios.
Personally, collecting data and analysing it themselves will provide a more fulfilling experience and new experience. This is true for the other sciences too. For example, tutors can bring their Physics students on a hiking trip up a hill and use it as an experiment to calculate earth’s gravitational strength using any method that they can come up with.
These experiments generally cannot be conducted in a classroom setting due to limitations such as an open field for the Biology experiment and a tall structure for the Physics experiment. These outings can also act as a bonding experience between tutors and their students.
Secondly, tutors can use online tools and games to make their lessons more fun, interesting and competitive. One such famous and common example is Kahoot. Hearing the Kahoot music will make any student excited for the upcoming activity. Humans are naturally competitive and the feeling of victory is sought after by everyone.
Even though Kahoot and surprise quizzes are practically the same thing, students will greatly prefer one to the other due to the environment it creates. Moreover, students tend to enjoy the activities and lessons more if they are able to use their electronic gadgets. Thus, tutors can also use online tools such as tracker, virtual chemistry labs, virtual circuits, etc.
These tools make collecting data much easier and give students more practice in analysing these data. This results in significant time being spent on analysis instead of collection which is very important to train students to do well during examinations.
Thirdly, tutors can conduct small fun experiments inside classrooms. Experiments are a fun and hands-on way to learn concepts but students may find a laboratory setting too formal and extreme. Doing a simple experiment within a classroom will appeal to a bigger audience instead. One such experiment is the elephant toothpaste experiment.
The rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in the presence of a catalyst and dish soap will result in strings of foam launching out. This experiment will make any student that has never seen it before awestruck. Simple experiments that have unexpected results such as the elephant toothpaste experiment will make lessons much more exciting.
Learning in a fun and interactive way is important for students to remember concepts well. This is why science tutoring is a great option for students to help understand and internalise their concepts to perform well in examinations!