Must-Have Skills for Science Majors Part 1

Scholarship Search Strategist, College Prep Ready

Sep   2011



Health/Medicine majors, you are facing a demanding field that requires you to have certain skills to be successful in your future career.

In looking back over my time as a Biology major, I spent the majority of my time writing and conducting research projects. Having writing and researching skills comes with the territory of wanting to work in the science field. Every day, I use those skills in my current position which has helped me to develop my skills more and be more successful. I have included a few pointers for you below.


You will find in your college courses that research is a major part of understanding the concepts you will have to use as you work in your future career. The ability to conduct research, determine the results, and be able to communicate your findings to others is essential for your success in your field.

Take the following action steps:

Become very familiar with the library and staff. Depending on the subject, you may be unsure of how to start your research project. Don’t hesitate to ask the librarians for assistance. They have been trained in finding information and can give you ideas for how to organize your research.

Stay on topic. You may become overwhelmed with all of the information you find about your topic of research. So, you will need to figure out a method to get rid of the data that aren’t important to your topic.

Use more than one source for your research. Don’t rely on one source for your project. Be sure to check online sources, books, interviews, and audio recordings for example. Most importantly, you want to confirm that your sources are reliable and accurate.


You will be required to write reports or essays in your career. And, you will receive many chances to practice your writing skills in your college courses. You must be able to communicate information using the appropriate words in a way that is understandable to the reader. Having good writing skills requires you to be able to organize your thoughts so that the reader has a good idea of the information you present.

Take the following action steps:

Organize your thoughts. It is very important that you spend at least 15 minutes organizing your thoughts. You can write an outline or put a short paragraph together of the topics you want cover in your paper.

Practice! Find ways to get more practice at developing your writing skills such as joining the school newspaper, blogging, or keeping a journal.

Keep your reader’s interest. No one wants to read a boring paper. Keep your paper interesting by using synonyms to cut down on repetition and vary the length of your sentences.

Read your paper out loud. While you’re writing, you may not be able to correct your grammar or spelling mistakes. So, when you are finished, read your paper out loud so that you can notice mistakes and make changes, if necessary. Also, have your friend or parent read your paper to catch any corrections you need to make as well.

Avoid plagiarism in your research writing. If the information didn’t originate from you, cite the source of that data. If you don’t cite the source, this is considered plagiarism and has serious consequences such as failing grades and suspension.

In conclusion, stay positive and seek resources such as attending tutoring, working with your professors, or online ( or

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About Ashley Hill

Ashley Hill

Ashley Hill is a Scholarship Search Strategist at College Prep Ready who assists families, who don't qualify for financial aid and feel overwhelmed with paying for college, to win merit scholarships (not based on income level) and gain peace of mind!