Science can be an intimidating subject to study considering its sheer breadth. Here are some top tips for Miller Analogies science to make sure you don’t get sidetracked with unnecessary details. Remember, only a small number of questions will pertain to the natural sciences.
Make It Manageable
Science is a broad category of knowledge. To even approach studying it for the MAT, you need to have a strategy. See this post on Studying for the MAT. Pay special attention to the way Michael divides things into subjects you’ve studied for years, studied casually, etc.
Science on the MAT is represented by broad domains: chemistry, physics, biology, and earth science for the most part.
In terms of making it manageable, identify which branches–if any–you know well. Those might be things you only need a light refresher in. Things you have no experience with will take more specific focus.
Don’t Go Too Deep
Science terms on the MAT tend to be extremely introductory. These are terms that would feature in the first five chapters of a basic text in a 101 class. For example, biology questions on the MAT will require basic familiarity with the terms like Darwin, Mendel, Evolution, Mitochondria, etc. We’re talking basic information. Here are some popular categories for MAT science terms:
- “Father/Mothers” of the science/theories
- Famous figures
- Key Theory names (i.e. evolution, special relativity, etc.)
- Measurement scales and what they measure (i.e. Richter scale measures earthquakes)
- Popularly known inventions
- Classifications–animal kingdoms, periodic charts, or parts of a molecule for example.
Again, these are the types of terms that might appear on a key term or vocabulary quiz in a basic class. This is as deep as you need to go in studying any of these.
Use a Pre-Made List
Study guides like Kaplan or Barron’s feature pre-made lists of these basic terms. The easiest method of studying them is probably to purchase such a guide and convert the lists to flashcards. Considering the very low cost of these texts, this is something I would recommend.