Tips for Environmental Science Students

Environmental Science

When discussing environmental issues, its important to discuss both sides of an argument.

Three Study Tips

1. Read around the subject, especially when you do not understand it. Textbooks can be found in many libraries and as well as ons on the web. Try to answer the questions from other sources.

2. If you get stuck, instead of immediately asking your tutor try to find an answer or to point out an example, try to help your understanding by using other textbooks or searching the internet, this will help you become good researchers.

3. Keepabreast of current issues in the media. I was recently asked about the culling of Badgers. Laws can be changed to deal with urgent matters, such as the TB in Badgers. There are many debates about Nuclear power with a power station commissioned in Somerset. You can have your own views, but in longer essay-type answers always show all the arguments from all perspectives, for examply the debate for and against Nuclear power.

Completing assignments

• Always try to do assignments in your own words – copying can and will get noticed!

• Read each question carefully, especially when it has many parts and answer every part.

• Never miss out a question, even if you don’t know the exact answer, write something. You may be more accurate than you think.

• When asked to do calculations, if possible show all formulae and working out. If the answer is wrong, you get marks for showing the process within the calculation.

• Before you answer a question, check the marks awarded, a one word answer is fine for one mark, but 4 marks needs a detailed answer with at least 4 points within the answer.


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