Why study Biology?
Biology is one of the most mysterious discipline left on the planet. Scientists says that there are between 5 and 40 million species on this planet earth. At this time, scientists have identified between 1 and 2 million species, which means that there are still as many as 38 million species. Regardless of the actual number of species existing on earth, the reality is that we are only aware of less than half of the species on this earth.
We are always looking to support biology students around the UK, and we have put together a 'How to Study Biology: Top 3 Study Techniques' guide to give you a bit of help, should you need it.
Learn the Terminology
One of the hardest parts of studying biology is remembering the many different terms. If you want to understand what you are studying, then you need to familiarize yourself with all these terms first. A good method for this is to try and break down complex words to identify their root.
It is highly recommended that whenever you encounter unfamiliar words while studying biology you should take note of them, find it’s definition and then take the time to understand its roots.
From the General to the Specific
To follow a process of effective learning of biology, you must master the general concepts before being able to tackle specific ones. For example, you need to understand what factors identify a mammal before starting the factors that identify primates. In this sense, it is also advisable to study the processes thoroughly before advancing to the next level. To speed up the memorization of the different processes and their relationship, Mind Maps are an effective educational resource for students as they help organize information in a very easy and visual way.
Past Exam Questions
Practice sample answers to past exam questions; past papers which should be available from your teacher. Biology tests can vary widely so it is important to know how you will be evaluated to study accordingly. Are you going to have a multiple-choice test or have essay questions on lab work? Leave nothing to chance. Practice, practice and practice!
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Teach9 loves to share! Below is a list of key topics, which we think you should really focus on if you're aiming for a grade C and above in your Biology GCSE and A Level exams.