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CONTENT FROM WIKI-HOW
HOW TO PASS BIOLOGY -WIKI HOW
- 1Being prepared before entering any class is essential in order to get the most out of it. If there is an available syllabus for the Biology class, read it carefully to know the rules, materials needed, and any other important information before going to the first Biology class. It is a good idea to review it before going to class each day to make sure nothing is forgotten. One way of remembering the syllabus is to highlight, underline, and take notes on it.
- Use different note-taking methods such as underlining, highlighting, drawing a symbol such as a star next to something important, drawing a box around important sentences/paragraphs, and taking notes either on a separate sheet of paper or the back of the syllabus. These tips will insure everything is remembered.
- Make sure it is okay with the teacher before marking up the syllabus. If needed, make a copy with a scanner so there are multiple copies. It is a good idea to keep one unmarked and the other with notes so if anything changes, new notes can be made on the second copy.
- Students without scanners at home have a few different options of scanning the syllabus. One is to go to the nearest library that has a scanner and bring the syllabus along. Usually is costs no more than $0.20 per page to scan. Another option is for students with smartphones or tablets with a camera built into the device. Install an app made for scanning documents. These type of apps allow users to take a picture of a document and it will convert it to PDF, DOC, and other various document formats. If these options are not available, do not hesitate to ask the school if they have a scanner of if the Biology teacher can scan the syllabus. They will be happy to help.
- 2Be sure to have all the required materials before the first day of class. Most science classes including Biology will require students to pay a lab fee. This fee goes towards supplying the students with lab materials needed for experiments. Usually the teacher will give students at least the first week of class to pay this fee. Most of the time it is refundable, meaning when students have completed the course the money is refunded by to them. If anything has been damaged by a student, most likely this fee will not be refunded to them. Be careful of lab materials, both dangerous and safe ones.
- Usually pencils/pens and paper to take notes are required in most classes. Even if it is not required by the teacher, it is an excellent idea to bring them and take notes anyways. This will help retain information and allow students to review what they learned in class.
- Learn good note-taking skills to be even more successful. Refer to “Part 2 of 3: Taking Notes” for more information.
- 3Right after getting to class, get out assignments due and the required materials for that day. This gets students ready for class faster and so they are not digging around in their school bag when it is actually time to use them. Only skip this if the teacher instructs the students not to take anything out until they say so. This is also a good time to quickly review yesterday’s homework and notes to be sure nothing is missing.
- 1Taking notes will be similar to process used to take notes on the class syllabus. Materials recommended for taking notes are college-ruled notebook paper, different colored pens (black, blue, red, and other fun colors such as green, purple, pink, etc.), pencils, erasers, highlighters, and stickers.
- A recommended way for taking notes is to make a key. This is done by putting symbols, either by drawing them or using different stickers, on the left side of the notebook paper. There is a line about less than 1/4 wide on the left of the page, and the symbols should go before this line. An example of this is drawing a star for important facts, drawing a head for information about people, drawing a calendar for important dates, and so on. In the notes, put the symbol from the key next to those notes. For example, let’s say a note is “Biologists are people that study biology.” The symbol next to this note would be the head, because it is information about people. Another example is “The first person to see a live cell with a microscope was Antoine van Leeuwenhoek.” Two symbols, a head and a calendar, would be put next to this note because it has information about both a person and a date. The purpose of this is to keep notes organized and to quickly refer to specific information.
- Draw graphs, pictures, and charts on notes to remember what certain things look like, especially cells and cell parts, for example.
- 2Once the key is made, it is time to take notes. On the top of the paper, write down the date of the class the notes are and the class name, which is Biology. An example is: Biology: August 14, 2015″.
- Under the class name and date, write down the topic. For example, if the teacher is giving a lesson about the characteristics of living things, write “Characteristics of Living Things”.
- As the teacher is giving the lesson, write down what is only necessary. This means it is not necessary to write down every single thing the teacher says. Although, it is important to know what to write down and what not to write down. Examples of what should be written down are names of important people, such as scientists whom made a great impact on the advancement of science and biology, dates of when important events happened, such as the day something significant was invented or discovered, vocabulary words and definitions, and other facts that are going to be on a quiz or test. Sometimes not all students will know what will be on a test, but the information listed above will more than likely be on a test. Do not be afraid to ask questions or talk to the teacher for information regarding this.
- Depending on how the teacher gives the lesson, it is best to wait to add the symbols from the key until class is over. A good reason for this is so students can review and read their notes, and add the symbols as they read them.
Method3Doing the Homework
- 1Always do the homework and always turn it in on time. Homework usually takes up a good chunk of the students’ grades. Handing it in late can result in points being taken off.
- 2Always ask for help if there is a need for it after receiving an assignment. Review the assignment after receiving it, and if it appears there is something not understood, ask for help from the teacher. It is okay to attempt the question first, but if it is too difficult, ask the teacher what is being done or understood wrong.
- 3There are days where students cannot make it to class due to appointments, being sick, or emergencies. If this happens, call or email the teacher as soon as possible. Ask for what was said during the lesson, if any homework was handed out, and what needs to be done to make up the missed class. This not only improves a student’s grade, but it shows responsibility.