Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

Shula on September 17 at 12:44AM

Advice on Science passages

Science passages are very hard for me, especially ones like this with many jargon. I study a Social Science major in college, and I barely read any sciency texts like this. I barely have any knowledge of bio, physics, chem... Is there any advice you can give me to improve on Science passages? Thank you so much!

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Emil-Kunkin on September 26 at 10:19PM

I think there are three concrete things to help with tough science passages like this one. First, I think it's important to remember that this really isn't about the science. Despite the concepts not being as familiar, the passages are all either constructing arguments about concepts or narrating a story about concepts. Whether the concepts are science, art, history, or whatever, our job is to understand what the author thinks.

Second, I think it's critical to focus on the why and the what, and less about the how. That is, we need a good high level understanding of what the thing in question is, and why the author is telling us about it, but the exact mechanics are less important.

Third, i think it's critical to try to visualize the things discussed when possible. For this passage I would try as hard to make a mental map when they were discussing a body of water.

Finally, don't get intimidated by unfamiliar terms, as try to read more texts about science written for the popular audience. Most newspapers have a science section.