• Question: i am bad at scince what can i do

    Asked by thomcha to Jon, Sharon on 25 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Jon Copley answered on 25 Jun 2010:

      I’m willing to bet that you’re not actually bad at science. Science is really about asking questions, and you’re doing that great here. You might not think that you do well in tests or exams, or enjoy writing stuff up so much – but that doesn’t mean you’re bad at science.

      I have a suggestion. From your questions, it looks like music is something that’s important to you, and that you enjoy. So why not set yourself a personal challenge to find out some more about the science of music? For example, what is sound, and why do different notes sound different to our ears? And how does a guitar, or an amplifier, actually work?

      You could use the internet to do some research of your own about it, and ask scientists questions too (just like you’ve been doing here – and when “I’m a Scientist” ends, there are other websites where you can ask scientists questions too).

      If you did that as a personal project, not only would you be finding out more about something that interests you, but also you’d end up finding out a lot about the physics, biology and so on that you cover in science at school. But it would be more fun, because you’d be using science to find out more about something that you enjoy. And I guarantee that you wouldn’t regret it!

    • Photo: Sharon Sneddon

      Sharon Sneddon answered on 25 Jun 2010:

      I wouldn’t worry too much, you are probably not as bad as you think!! There are so many different types of science, I am sure that there will be some aspects you will be good at! Even if you don’t end up pursuing a science career, it does not mean you can’t still be interested in science. Science is all around us, and most of the time it’s really unlike what you learn in school so don’t be put off. Helping the environment by saving energy is something scientific that everyone can do, and just being interested in your own health and well being and knowing how to look after your body is also science. I felt I was not very good at Maths and Physics at school, but I still tried my best and managed to get on ok, as I just concentrated on the parts of science I did like!

      Have you enjoyed being on this site and taking part in IAS? if you have, then that is great, and by asking us a question, and voting, shows you are interested and involved so that is great and hopefully you have learned some new things! Some of these things may help in your science lessons so hopefully you don’t feel that you are bad at it any more!! There are lots of links on this site as well so you can find out more about science, which will increase your knowledge, making you a science star!!

      I’d say don’t give up, and remember, just because you might not be as “good” at something as other things does not mean you still can’t enjoy it!! Do whatever makes you feel happy!! Good luck!