Successful biology students say
a minimum of 2 hours per day, seven days a week, throughout the
- Biology is hard work, so be
aggressive. Take it
as a challenge and give it your time and your energy.
- Read your chapters at the start of your study
and again before testing.
- Know and understand all your
terminology. In biology it is extremely
to begin by studying your Latin and Greek roots. Study these roots. Make 3" x 5"
flash cards to help you memorize them and later do the same with your
- Biology teachers have reported
that if something
is brought into the lab, it is guaranteed that you will be tested on
So pay attention to whatever is brought into the lab, even its name.
- Chemistry is not a
prerequisite for taking
biology but taking a chemistry course before or while taking
would be exceedingly beneficial.
- Make it a practice to read over
the topic or chapter
before going to your biology class.
- Attend all classes and be an
students take full and comprehensive notes, writing down about 66% of
is said in lecture, while failing students write half as much.
- After class go over the material
as soon as possible
and again eight hours later. Studies have shown that you are more
remember the information later. Fill in all the missing words or
explanations. Recite important concepts in your own words.
- Always remember you have the right
to ask questions
before, during and after class. See your instructors for help.
- Read and study all your textbook
explanations --- figures, tables, charts, graphs, etc.
- Whenever possible explain aloud
to another person
what you are learning. Work with a classmate and explain terminology
concepts to each other.
- Describe in your own words the
differences between the different concepts you are learning.
- If biology is your most difficult
always study it before all other subjects. You must study biology when
you are most alert and fresh. Make sure to take 5 or 10 minute breaks
20 to 40 minutes in order to clear your mind.
- Making up mnemonics memory
techniques may be fun
as well as beneficial.
- Take sample online tests for yourself
and review your mistakes.
- If possible, have a friend or
family member quiz
you on your notes and text information. Done regularly this commits
information to long-term memory.