This section contains the latest research on the most effective learning and study strategies for math and science courses.
Below are the handouts and links for the math, sciences, and biology learning workshops:
- Basic skills in mathematics (PDF)
- Conceptual understanding in mathematics (PDF)
- Problem solving strategies in mathematics (PDF)
- Learning strategies for biology (PDF)
- Textbook reading strategy for biology (PDF)
- Diagrams and biology (PDF)
Tutoring is also available for Registered Langara College Students on the following subjects through the Library and Learning Commons:
- Computer Science
- Mathematics & Statistics
Students can also visit the Math and Statistics Center for assistance with mathematics and statistics.
Note that the Learning Commons also offers tutoring in a variety of other non-science, non lab-science, and other non-quantitative subjects.
Below are short videos providing study tips for mathematics, physics and biology.
Tips for mathematics
This video by Metropolitan Community College-Longview (Kansas City, Missouri) shows a MCC Math instructor providing very good general tips for learning Math (Source: MCCLongviewLakers). The tips suggested in the video are consistent with the tips provided in the Counselling Department’s Student Success Workshops on time management, learning and memory (especially timed self-testing), note-taking, and test-taking workshops.
Tips for physics
Tips for biology
This video by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford provides tips for learning biology by way of various learning and memory strategies as well as exam-preparation tips. Note that diagrams are often used in biology and the emphasis is on linking details together in meaningful ways into bigger “pictures”. You want to be able to “zoom into” details as well “zoom out” to see the bigger picture (how the details connect and relate to each other in meaningful ways).