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How to Not Hate Science

Some people may wonder how it is possible to hate such a fun subject as science. It is the basis of human life, it encompasses biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and more. Lovers of science go on to become doctors and engineers and laboratory technicians. Haters of science go on to just as exciting and exhilarating careers in education or law or politics or the arts. Perhaps you fit into the latter category. However, in order to complete your education, you will need to complete a few science requirements. There is unfortunately no way out of them, so read on to find the best ways not to hate science.

Science is divided into essentially three main categories:

  • Life Sciences:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
    • Geology
    • Physics
  • Social Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

Before you worry about finishing your sciences courses as quick as you can, it behooves you to look into all the options in the scientific world. Perhaps you hate chemistry, but are fascinated by anatomy and the way the human body works. Consequently, you'll be taking biology classes more than physics or chemistry. Likewise, you are interested the human mind, so you fall into the social science categories. In college, you may have to satisfy one requirement from each of the three main science categories. In high school, you will more than likely need to complete general science classes that may cover a little of all three types of sciences. You will have the option of taking advance science classes as well.

On your quest not to hate science, here are a few tips we've amassed:

  • Find your niche:
  • Figure out what type of science suits you best. If you are more of an English/History/Humanities person, then you probably will fit best in the social sciences. Likewise for the opposite. Finding your type of science will help you to stop hating the field altogether.

  • Select carefully:
  • Because of the wide variety of sciences, you have a large amount of classes from which to choose. Be smart in your selection and "shop around" for the best science class for you. As you do not like science, you will need to select carefully so that you will not be miserable for the entire year or semester. Most schools will give you a wide variety of classes from which to choose. In high school, you will have just a few classes that you must complete in order to graduate. Just grin and bear it. Remember, it will be different in college.

    • Ending point:

    Just like all subjects, there is an end in sight. If you know you will abhor all elements of science equally, you know that you just have to take the bare minimum in school to complete all science requirements. From that point on, you will be finished with science forever. So just keep that thought in the back of your mind and you will be able to get through anything.

  • Watch movies:
  • Science may be a distant boring concept to you. However, if you look at certain movies and books, you'll realize just how interesting science can be when you take a step away from the textbooks. TV shows like ER highlight the fascination with biology and medicine. Movies like Outbreak discuss scientific problems, movies about earthquakes and volcanoes and asteroids hitting the earth are also revolving around scientific topics. As soon as you realize how much a part of every thing about life is science, the more you may learn not to hate it.

  • Understand one concept:
  • Even if you hate studying, try hard to understand one concept. Go in for help after school, to office hours, with friends. You will eventually understand one theorem. This accomplishment will prove to you that you can understand and enjoy science. The rest of the studying will come easier to you and you won't always hate science. You may not like it all the time; but at least you'll be able to think back on that one time when you mastered a theorem.

  • Find a good lab partner:
  • The beauty of science is that labs take place. You can have fun playing around with chemicals and inventing new ideas. You can even dissect little frogs and body parts, if you enjoy playing with your hands. If you have a good lab partner, you may have fun learning science. This subject is not simply about sitting in class and studying a lot of books. It is about trial and error.

Science is us. We are breakdowns of elements, we are matter, we are cells, protons and neutrons. We live on plates of the earth's crust. We fear volcanoes and earthquakes, and we certainly hope never to suffer from serious bacterial and viral infections. All of these are scientific platforms and concepts. As soon as you take a step back from the "fear of science" and realize how real science is a part of your daily life, will you learn to accept it in a classroom for a couple hours a week.