SURVIVAL of the FITTEST
Survival Skills or
How to Succeed in Biology
Class without Really Trying
Class Regularly -
- "Tests will come from class
Budget Your Time Efficiently -
- Develop a schedule...... allocate
time to go to class, eat, exercise, study, etc....
- Anticipate deadlines....
- Plan your study each day....
- Set goals :
find sources, 2) recopy notes, 3) read chapter 12 and 13.....
- Study in a quiet, well lit place,
free from all distractions.......
comfortable, assemble needed materials (notes, books)
- Try to study the same subject at
same time, and same place each day......
- regimentation is often very effective.
3. Be a
Good Reader -
- Read syllabus assignments before
coming to class, but do not memorize
- Avoid bad habits as moving your
lips, avoid back-tracking
- Train your eyes to take in a larger
grouping of words with each glance
- Expand your vocabulary -
- use the glossary
to learn definitions
- use the new terms you have learned
with your classmates
- With each new chapter -
- read the Title
(don't overlook for they set the theme)
- look at Headings,
and topic sentences
- learn the boldfaced
and italicized words
- don't forget the Chapter
Summaries and Review
- examine all graphs,
- remember to read all figure
contain material not in the text)
- To improve your retention, verbally
summarize a chapter to a study group
- partner or a significant other.
If you can teach them, then you probably
- really know this stuff.
- Read with a purpose:
is it you want to know.......
an Active Listener -
- Move closer to the front so you
won't have any trouble seeing, hearing, or
- paying attention to the lecturer.
on what the speaker is saying.
what you hear.
do the speaker's words mean"?
do they relate to what you already know"?
Involved in class room discussions -
Think about the topics which may be discussed in
class each day.
preapred to answer questions or offer opinions.....
questions.... .from lecturer, other students,
the opinions of others, and be courteous.
6. Take Good Lecture
your own Note Taking System.......
record main points/key themes........in
your own words
underline, use key words.....
your own abbreviation system for
common words, etc.....
a wide left margin.....to add additional notes
for clues....key words
- speaker will offer lots of hints
changes in tone or voice inflections.............
cause of x is y"
should remember this because......."
all material written by a speaker on blackboard or overhead
date each page
an Outline and
....because it is impossible to remember all that been said.
7. RECOPY your Lecture Notes -
...because it is impossible to write everything down in lecture.
your 2nd notebook with material from book,
glossary term, etc....
notes from the book:
the big picture first .... what is chapter's main theme
section of chapter's key points
8. Go Over your 2nd Notebook at Least Once a Week
...because it will keep the ideas and concepts fresh in your mind.
Form a Study Group -
...because sharing ideas, thoughts, and what you have learned will
you have missed will be filled in by your study partners.
10. Learn How to Study -
- What to Learn : 1.
facts and names - the "WHAT"
Relationships - the "WHY"
Ideas for use - the "HOW TO"
- The most important thing about
study is ..... Your ATTITUDE
you WANT to learn"?....
because when I learn I grow and take another
toward reaching my goals
Make learning a game....
alert, on your toes, score a point every time you learn
11a. Prepare for Exams
......as if you were training for an athletic event.....
- Ask instructor.....
to expect; What's
on test; is it essay or multiple choice;
- Look at old exams: on the WEB,
from former student, from frat files
- Try to predict some questions.....
even write some of your multiple choice's
- Review your notes
- use flash cards, if that works for you...
- break long sentences into smaller one in order
to memorize them
- Get a
good nites sleep before a test
- Eat lightly
and do some light exercise
if you feel like it.
11b. Taking the Exam -
READ the DIRECTIONS
the BEST choice from those given"........
mean that all the choices given are absolute truths,
that there is one better answer from all those given.....
how much time to
spend on each question
each questions TWICE before
and come back
close attention to qualifiers....usually,
all of the answer choices given before you pick an answer
12. Make all A's and become a great Scientific
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