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Last updated 10:56 AM on 15 September 2011

Parents can help with their child's understanding of science and scientific principles. Here are some top tips:

  • Encourage your child to ask questions and help them find the answers.
  • Talk to your child about being a good problem solver. Give them increasingly difficult puzzles to solve as they develop more skills. These could be in the form of games or experiments, questions or puzzles, including those found in newspapers such as Sudoko, or physical problems such as jigsaws or 3D models.
  • Talk to your child about basing their views on evidence and questioning claims made by others that are not supported by evidence.
  • Be a role model for your children by being interested in the latest discoveries that appear in the media, as well as asking how things work and seeking scientific answers to questions using the internet.
  • Be enthusiastic about science and the homework and projects your child is given, and pitch in to help from time to time.
  • When your child is studying for the School Certificate in Year 10, suggest they use the Board of Studies website so they can try some of the science questions from past School Certificate papers.