Scoring well in science lies in understanding the science of preparation for science subject! Well, science cannot be studied just like any other language subject is studied. In languages and in social studies, you are required to remember the facts and figures. It's more of a memory test. But science is a different deal altogether. It's a test of good understanding and application. You'll be able to apply the concepts of science in problems only if you've got best understanding of the concepts. So, mere memorizing of different definitions does no good.
1) Concepts first, exercicesÂ later!
Many students have this bad habit of jumping into solving the exercices without reading the theory part. Without reading theory, you'll not get a good understanding of the concept which will in turn lead you to wrong answers to all of your sums. Make it a rigid rule to study the concepts first!
2) Thorough hold on the content of the textbook
There is no point in reading different textbooks written by different authors if you don't have a strong grip on your CBSE class 8 science book in the first place. My teacher always told me to make my textbook my Bible, Gita and Quran! The prescribed textbooks must be read thoroughly. Only when you're total satisfied that you understand and remember all the concepts of your textbook will you move on to read other books. Make this a rule!
3) Make easy flowcharts and pictorial representations
Pictorial representations can help a lot in remembering a particular concept. After reading any concept, try to write it down in the form of a flowchart, or a pictorial representation. If it's more about, types and categories, flowcharts can be best and if it's about laws and applications, simple pictorial representations could be of immense help in remembering these concepts!
4) Smart works pays off better than hard work
Merely writing important definitions 10 to 15 times is just waste of time if you've already understood a concept very well. You can instead, use the same time to learn other concepts. Study smartly! Know what questions are most likely to be asked in your examination ( Referring previous examination papers is a great idea here!) and practice these concepts thoroughly. Make sure you strictlyÂ practice the exercises that are given in the CBSE class 8 science textbook.