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How to be successful in Biology
Study Skills are important to be successful in a Biology Course. The following tips, strategies and suggestions can also help you to succeed in Biology.
1. Study the Vocabulary. This is one of the most important things students should study in Biology. Vocabulary is critical to understanding Biology. It is said that a student will learn more new terminology in a Biology Class than in an introductory foreign language class. Flashcards can definitely help.
2. Review the notes daily. This is true of most classes, and Biology is no different. Daily repetition will increase retention. As the semester goes on, focus on the areas you do not understand as well. Review the material covered in class as soon as you can. This helps you to recall it later.
3. Use Youtube to help you understand concepts or processes that you are having difficulty with. Nowadays there is plenty of content to help you understand just about anything
4. Read the chapters or topics prior to covering it in your Biology class and prior to an exam. This is especially true if you are having a hard time retaining information. Use reading strategies such as SQ3R to help with comprehension.
5. Set time aside each day to devote to Biology. Daily review is important. Do not try to cram all of the material the day before the test, as you will forget it later.
6. Pay attention in class, take notes and ask plenty of questions. It does not help if you only attend class, but are not actively engaged. Participation in all labs, collaborations, projects and discussions is imperative.
7. Make connections of what you are learning to what you already know. This is a technique that helps to store the Biology concepts into long-term memory.
8. Ask for help from your instructor. Tutoring is also available. If you are struggling get help. Tutoring is available mornings and afternoons with other science teachers if you miss your teacher's tutoring session.
9. Read and Review all textbook explanations, such as; tables, graphs, diagrams, figures and charts.
10. Quiz yourself or study with a friend. Talking about the concepts increases retention. This helps you to move the material into long-term memory.