7 Tips To Help You Pass Your Biology Classes
I remember those days, spending many hours trying to learn new and exciting concepts that my professor taught a few weeks before. Ahh the stress of studying for a Foundations of Biology Test.
Fortunately, by the time I reached to upper level courses such as Systems Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Neurobiology, I figured it out. I’d been studying the wrong way all along. There was a much easier way to do it.
Now, these 7 tips might not be new to you, but most of them were new to me, and I believe that someone is going to read this and think to themselves: “That’s something I’m doing wrong”. If that person is you, congratulations in advanced. So without further ado, lets get to my 7 tips.
Tip #1: Take lots of notes or have access to someone who does
I’ll let you in on a little secret. MOST professors cover the things they think are important in their lectures. So, the more you can get from their lectures down on paper (or on your laptop), the better off you will be.
This was the saving grace for me, many of my fellow students, many students years after and it formed the basis for this website. I tried getting as many details into those notes as possible to the extent that I could read through my notes and remember how my professor said the things I wrote in my notes.
Tip #2: If you learned a concept today, study it TODAY
I made this a habit. When I left class, I went to a friend’s room in the dorm before even going home and we spent about a half hour going over the concepts we learned in class that day. That way, it was still fresh in my mind.
Tip #3: Review what you learned today, Tomorrow
In addition to going over what we learned in class that day, we reviewed the concepts we learned in the previous class. Since the information usually builds on each other, you will get some of that repetition naturally. However, it’s always good to intentionally go over older information.
Tip #4: Have a study partner
This was already covered in Tip #2, but it’s important enough to have as a totally separate tip. I had a partner, we got along well, and went over most of the content together and asked each other questions. This helped drilled in what we learned.
Tip #5: Teach someone
One of the things my partner and I did on a regular basis is that we taught each other the information that we are trying to learn. What we found that this was one of the best strategies for learning. I think this is one of the reasons why I love teaching so much – I get to learn a bunch.
Tip #6: Relax on the day before the test
This one almost sounds crazy, but I found it to be the most rewarding thing. I remember how stressed many of the other students were on the day before the test. As for me, I was chilling. The only time I went over the content the day before was when I was helping others who weren’t as prepared.
Tip #7: Take care of your body
I know, I know, you might not want to hear this, but it’s true. The mind doesn’t operate at its best when your body is taking a hit. Staying up late, eating a bunch of junk food, being a lazy bum and not exercising (speaking to myself too) are all things that work against you when trying to get an A in that difficult class.
So there you have it. If you take my advice on those points, you will probably do much better than you thought.
Of course, I don’t have all the tips. Now it’s your turn.