Okay so biology is a lot of big picture concepts and a lot of memorizing specific names or processes or vocab. So I think the most important thing is to review your material frequently. Here are some ways you can do that:
- If there are assigned readings, read them. Right off the bat you’ll be learning the material twice - once in lecture, and once during your readings. Whichever format you learn best from should be the one you do first. So if you’re an auditory learner, read the textbook after the lecture on the corresponding material. Your read-through will be like a review of what you learned in class. If you learn best by reading, read the textbook before the corresponding lecture. You will be able to follow the lecture more easily because it will reinforce what you already learned from reading.
- Take good notes. If your prof uses powerpoint and makes their slides available to you, focus on writing down what they say about the slides and spend less time writing what’s on the slides because you can always go back later to check slides but you can’t go back to re-hear a lecture. If you can, find a way to bring the slides to class so you can just write directly on them - print them off or copy them into your notes in advance. If you do your readings in advance, take notes on the readings, and add onto them in lecture. If you start falling asleep or zoning out, mark it down in your notes, so when you go back you’ll know there’s more to it than what you wrote down initially.
- Do a daily review of what you learned in class - when you get home, sit down and try to copy our your notes from memory. Write down as much as you remember. Then check that against the actual notes you took. Take note of what you got right or wrong, and what you missed or included. Put away your notes and try to copy them out again. Check again. This forces you to really think about what you learned in class, because I can guarantee if you did not understand a concept you will not be able to remember it later on.
- Re-copy your notes after school immediately to make study guides. Be organized. Use coloured pens. If you do them right away, you’ll remember what information is most important. Later on, don’t even bother going back to the chaos of your original notes, just go immediately for the study guides.
- Talk to people (friends, parents, coworkers, etc) about what you learn in school, even if you have to simplify it, because it will help you realize what you remember and what you don’t and how much of a process you understand/remember. Blog about it. Teach your peers, in whatever way you can. Teaching is the best way to really learn something inside and out.
- Mark down your midterms and finals in your personal calendar as soon as you know about them. Also mark down the day two weeks in advance of each test. When you arrive at the two-weeks prior mark, create a study schedule for the next couple of weeks and stick to it. Divide what you’ve learned so far into topics, and set yourself one or two or three topics a day to cover. Give more days for bigger topics. Try to take into account your life - if you know there’s a particular day you’re very busy, don’t schedule a lot of things to study on that day.
- Find out what kind of studying works best for you and roll with it. Try a lot of different techniques. This might sound silly, but get to know your mbti functions (read this page - it’s pretty short don’t worry) - the functions you have are the ways of thinking and doing that you have unlimited energy in, so you can use those as a starting point for searching for a good study style. I try to categorize everything and I make a ton of flowcharts and stuff, and I also use the daily review process of trying to copy down all your notes from memory over and over. You can also try repeating things things out loud instead of writing them down, creating mnemonics, writing down the explanation for a given process as though you were explaining it to a friend, making flashcards, etc. Just repeat the information as much as you can, in whatever medium helps you learn best. Once you find your study style, try to take your initial notes in a way that will be useful to study from later on, if you can. For instance, I like to categorize things by topic, so I’ll already start doing that during the lecture using highlighters if their lecture isn’t already divided into units or modules.
- While studying, try to guess what questions will be asked, and focus on that material. This is a skill; it will get easier as you go through school. This is also important enough to get its own bullet point, so take note of that fact.
- Study by yourself first, and then study in a group of friends. There are so many good reasons to do this. You’ll get fresh perspectives on different topics, you’ll get to explain things to your friends, you’ll get to learn things from your friends, you’ll all get to brainstorm as a group to figure out which information is key… There are so many benefits to group studying. Make sure everyone goes over the material by themselves first though; it’s harder to group study if you don’t know what you’re studying in the first place.
- Profs and TAs are always willing to help and answer your questions, so use that to your advantage. Find out your prof’s office hours or make an appointment to talk to them if there’s something you just really can’t seem to grasp.
- Try to relate what you learn back to the big picture. In biology, there’s a reason for everything - whether it’s an interaction, a process, a mechanism behind a process, even a name. Understand why something is the way it is. If we don’t know why, try to understand what limitations are preventing us from knowing why. Look for homeostasis, tradeoffs, and function dictating form in everything. Those are the main big picture concepts I’ve come across during my schooling. If you understand something’s relationship to a big picture concept, it can often bring it from being ‘just another fact to memorize’ to something more conceptual and thus easier to remember.
So I realize this is a long list. That’s because it’s basically all the thing you could potentially do. Technically speaking, everything on this list is optional. And frankly no one has the time or energy to do every single thing I just listed.
The most important things on this list are taking good notes, daily review, and finding a study style that works (and the last point about understanding big picture stuff, but that’s not really a study technique per se). Do those three things above anything else. Good notes are the basis for your studying. You need good notes on the lecture in order to accomplish anything. Daily review is important. Studies have shown that people who review information the same day they learn in and then dont review it again before the test do better than people who don’t review at all or review the night before the test, so don’t procrastinate! Prioritize daily review over cramming. And of course, it should be pretty obvious why finding a study style that works for you is important. So yeah, prioritize those three things, and then do the rest wherever appropriate.
I realize this is potentially an overwhelming amount of information to take in, but I do hope it’s helpful in some way. Good luck with your program!
THERE IS SUCH A FUCKING PROBLEM WITH THE EDUCATION SYSTEM WHEN STUDENTS ARE IN TEARS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT AND WAKE UP EVERY SINGLE MORNING WANTING TO THROW UP AT THE THOUGHT OF GETTING OUT OF BED WHILE THINKING THAT THEY’D RATHER BE DEAD THAN GO TO SCHOOL
all right everyone sit down, shut up and listen closely because I’m about to tell y’all the tale of Ms. Mormino.
Seventh grade is a time most people don’t look back on fondly. I know I sure don’t—I tend to regard that era as nothing more than an unpleasant, acne-filled haze of fall out boy and poor attempts at pseudo-zooey deschanel fashions. But enough about me. Let’s talk about my math teacher.
Ms. Isom. Poor old Ms. Isom. Well in her 60’s, always plagued with some illness or injury, she was hardly ever even at school. Since many of her absences were the result of short-notice incidents—“falling down the stairs” was popularly cited— it wasn’t all that uncommon to not have a substitute on hand. Being a smartass honors class, we’d gotten away with several successful evasions of administration, walking cavalierly into class to pass the next 48 minutes doing just about nothing. Hell, for good measure, we’d sometimes even toss in a friendly “hey, Ms. Isom!” if any administrators were anywhere within earshot. So incredibly anti-establishment, you could basically call it another Project Mayhem, except instead of Brad Pitt and Ed Norton concocting homemade bombs, it was a bunch of tweenyboppers with iPhone 3’s and Justin Bieber 2009 haircuts.
We got pretty accustomed to our own little self-governing system that rolled around every second period, so we naturally weren’t exactly thrilled when administration caught on to our little Anarchy Act and strictly enforced the presence of a substitute every day.
Most of our subs weren’t terrible—most were friendly, gave us participation grades, and didn’t object to the independent attitude of our class (which, mind you, only had about ten students in it)
That is, until Ms. Mormino came along.
Four feet, ten inches of raw, undiluted evil, Ms. Mormino walked into class with a scowl on her face and a chip on her shoulder. When the girl behind me sneezed, Ms. Mormino’s immediate response was “NO INAPPROPRIATE NOISES!”
Although we all suppressed our laughter, we all knew from that moment on that, try as she might with her despotism and her draconian anti-sneeze policy, Ms. Mormino didn’t stand a chance.
The arguable beginning of the end for Ms. Mormino’s all-too-brief reign of terror was the moment I asked for a calculator; mine was broken. Mormino asserted that I could only borrow a calculator if I loaned her something of mine; at that moment, the girl next to me chimed in, saying she, too, needed a calculator. “I have a folder I can give you,” I offered. “I have a highlighter,” added the other girl.
At that moment, a puberty-creaking voice from the back of the room piped up.
We all know certain people have certain gifts. Michelangelo saw angels in every block of marble and devoted his life to setting them free; Einstein had a mind which saw the potential of the entire universe; F. Scott Fitzgerald wove intricate tales of decadence and depravity. Max, however, had a different kind of gift: he could make anything—anything at all—into a “that’s what she said” joke. More on that later, though.
Max pried off a Nike sneaker and held it proudly in the air, like a coveted trophy.
"I have a shoe."
Tottering in one-shoe-one-sock, Max dumped the sneaker on Ms. Mormino’s desk, retrieved a calculator, then tottered back to his own desk, a sort of smirk playing on his face. And, as to be expected—the rest of us quickly followed suit.
A small pile of shoes on her desk, Ms. Mormino grit her teeth and glared at us as we all sat back down, quietly victorious, a calculator in each of our hands. It wasn’t long, however, until we all began to silently plot our next act of minor mayhem.
"Can I go to the bathroom?" asked Tyler, who, despite being in seventh grade, was approaching his sixteenth birthday. In a combination of verism and admiration of Tyler’s devil-may-care boldness, we unequivocally accepted him as our leader. For reasons unknown, Ms. Mormino denied his request. Tyler, much like his Fight Club namesake, heeded no rules but his own and left anyway—Ms. Mormino, furious, locked the door behind him and smugly insisted that "administration will take care of him."
Tyler, however, was not one to be caught, and stayed close by, appearing in the window of the door whenever Ms. Mormino wasn’t looking. Waving, smiling, laughing, making faces and obscene gestures, Tyler had us all in stitches, but cleverly avoided Ms. Mormino’s sight—when she asked us what was so funny, we all refused to give Tyler away.
A girl asked to go to the bathroom, stating she “really really really” needed to go. Ms. Mormino, again, denied her request. Ms. Mormino, however, seemed to be uninformed about the side door—leading right outside, always locked from the outside but always open from the inside.
"Well, I’ll go myself," the girl responded, and took off, hurdling three desks and darting out the door. Right behind her, two other students took off, pursuing freedom. The door slammed behind all three students, and they were gone.
Six of us were left. Among us, importantly, was Chris.
Chris was thirteen, but looked half his age; scrawny, wiry, he probably measured in at about four-foot-three, but no taller. “Late Bloomer” are words that come to mind.
Despite his diminutive size, Chris possessed the gall of someone like Tyler.
"I have to use the bathroom," said Chris, standing.
”Do you think I’m going to allow you to go to the bathroom?” snapped Ms. Mormino.
”It’s an emergency!” Chris pleaded.
"Sit down," Ms. Mormino growled.
Meanwhile, the entire class borders on hysteria. We have tears in our eyes, almost suffocating from choking back laughter.
"It’s an emergency," repeated Chris, but it sounded more like a warning.
Silence. Silence, Silence and more silence, until we all began to notice a dark stain on Chris’s khakis. The stain grew. And grew. And grew.
Fists at his sides, stoicism in his face, and a cold, proud, triumphant glint in his eye, Chris locked eye contact with Ms. Mormino.
And pissed right in his pants.
The entire class erupted into a laugh only comparable to the detonation of a bomb.
We laughed so hard for the next five, ten, fifteen minutes straight that Ms. Mormino gave up. Surrendering, putting her head on her desk, she waited until the hysteria finally subsided.
Finally looking up, defeated, pathetic, Ms. Mormino glared at us all and wailed:
”This is too much, this is too hard, too hard, Jesus Christ, this is too much for me!”
A lone voice sounded from the back of the room. Guess whose it was.
"That’s what she said."
Ms. Mormino officially retired from teaching that afternoon.
FUCKING READ IT IT’S WORTH IT
I just realised that americans don’t go on school trips to castles omfg
Why is this getting notes???
because you go on school trips to castles
I don’t understand american school years what the fuck is a freshman or a sophomore why do you have these words instead of the numbers
what why would you use numbers
so IT FUCKING MAKES SENSE WHAT THE HELL IS A SOFT MOORE OR A FRESH MAN WHY ARE THE MEN FRESH
America makes no sense, as usual.
bless the person that actually made the chart
laughter from France
France what the fuck
KINDERGARTEN IS YEAR 1???????
~why is this book telling me george washington is a hero when he raped, murdered, and tortured people like me to get paid?
~why is this book telling me abraham lincoln graciously freed the slaves when he just wanted to save the union and thought people like me were inferior?
Why is this book telling me Egypt is in the Middle East and not apart of Africa ?
Why are these books telling me that my history starts with slavery when we were pioneering medicine mathematics astronomy and the sciences?
I hope you do realize that this is bullshit analysis with regards to the Korean education system and how the Korean education system has consistently achieved some of the highest test scores in the world.
At the very basis the reason why Korean education system has allowed for students to do so well in tests measuring their scholastic ability in math and science lies in not the long hours but rather because the Korean education system’s higher standard of curriculum.
If you’ve ever been in a Korean school, which I know you haven’t, you’d understand that the level of mathematics or science taught from an early level are much higher than that of the United States.
You start learning basic algebra concepts around the 2nd and 3rd grade, alongside geometry in a math education system where you learn algebra and function concepts for one semester and geometry for one semester in the school year.
What this means is by the time Korean kids have graduated elementary school they have already finished a level of math curriculum equal to the US high school level of Geometry and Algebra 2.
The reason why Korean kids gain higher scores on standardized tests is not because of the longer hours, but rather because they have a stronger curriculum and therefore a stronger grasp upon mathematical concepts.
The same goes for science, and for reading as the Korean classes, which in the US would be the English classes, is focused entirely on literature and reading.
You can talk about the test scores but you also can’t ignore the various dark sides of the Korean education system like that fact that it has the highest development rate of mental illness and the lowest happiness and satisfaction of education among children of OECD countries
The Korean education system is neither healthy nor is it working.
School has started or will very soon so what would be better to do than to gather some great resources for a better school year?
- Evernote - keep your research at one place
- Khan Academy - over 4,200 educational videos
- Mathaway - helps you solve almost every math problem
- Cliffnotes - read and prep for school work
- Studious - great way to keep track of schedule
- iFormulas - references for mathematical formulas
- Pocket - save studies and articles much easier
- Science glossary - for those hard science words
- Studyblue - online flashcards for your next test
- Any.do - daily planner
- Dropbox - don’t rely on your computer alone, make sure your notes and papers are safely uploaded online, just in case.
- Feed.ly - gather all your fav websites for research or whatever in one place - I love this myself!
- Scribd - online library
- Self Control - we all know self control during work or school isn’t always around
- TED - lots of good presentation by interesting people
- Chegg - don’t have all the money for new text books? Chegg lets you rent many text books for much less than it costs to buy
- Duolingo - learning a new language? Then I’ll recommend this one
- Mint.com - make sure you’ve got your money straight
- Alarmy - hard to get up in the morning? Well, this alarm makes you take a picture of your sink to turn it off!
- Sworkit - don’t forget that exercise will make it easier to concentrate!
Don’t forget to look at my 27 websites for a new year - where you can find lots of other resources for health, fitness, school/work and div when starting a new year(school year too)
I’ve also got a post called 53 posts for students which contains nutrition and fitness posts especially for students!
In honor of back-to-school.
this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:
Writing Dynamo is an online grammar checker and proofreader that gives you detailed writing tips and feedback on voice, word choice, sentence structure, and more.
I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty
001. CALEDONIA’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
- advice for college
- how to survive in college
- how to survive freshmen year of high school
- college packing list
- alternative to buying expensive textbooks
- dorm room survival
- free online college courses
002. WRITE LIKE A FUCKING ANGEL
- the ultimate guide to writing
- how to write good
- how to write an essay
- how to write a good essay
- the five paragraph essay
- deadly sins checklist
- formatting your paper
- tips on getting started
- seven tips to become a better writer (stephen king)
- four ways to have confidence in your writing
- seven ways to speed up your writing
- five ways to add sparkle to your writing
- how to finish what you started: a five step plan for writers
- thirty-one ways to find inspiration for your writing
- tips for dealing with writer’s block
003. READING ISN’T ONLY FOR NERDS AND FANGIRLS
- how to take care of your books
- how to read shakespeare
- no fear shakespeare (i found this incredibly useful when studying macbeth!)
- one hundred most read books
- how to read difficult books
- how to read faster
- books made into movies
- books made into tv shows
- 350+ free ebooks
004. STUDY MOTHER FUCKER
- studying tips
- studying techniques
- how to pull an all-night and still have a successful exam result
- how to get motivated to study
- tips to help you concentrate
- time management tips
- chrome site blocker
005. LEARNING SHIT
- solve any maths equations: 1, 2.
- when your teacher says not to use wikipedia (an alternative)
- square root calculator, cube root calculator
- for when you can’t do your homework
- chemical equation balancer (what got me through chemistry last year)
- cliffnotes, sparknotes
- college courses
- how to: multiply big numbers
- crash courses (youtube)
- teaches you everything
006. PRESENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL WORK AY
007. USEFUL WEBSITES BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS A WONDERFUL PLACE /SOMETIMES/
- TED (basically gods gift)
- challenge your brain
- feed the hungry and up your vocabulary game
- free online textbooks
- final grade calculator
- a whole page dedicated to studying and organising
008. MUSIC TO CALM DOWN UR SCHOOL DAY BLUES YO
- a really chill playist
- coffee shop blues
- coffee shop sounds
- calm nature sounds
- concentration/focus playlist
- relaxation is key
- four hours of classical music
- playlists to listen to: xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx.
009. ALL THIS STUDYING??? YOU NEED A BREAK, MY FRIEND.
- watch a cute ass dog lick your screen
- one hundred thousand stars
- movies masterpost
- foreign movies
- gay movies
- lesbian movies you should definitely watch
- broadway musicals
- LGBT+ books
- download free books
- read any book
- the best masterpost ever if you’re bored
010. TIPS FOR SCHOOL N STUFF BCUS I WANTED TEN BITS
- try your best. not everyone can get all As, and getting all As does not make you better than everyone else. just do the best you can and be the best person you can be.
- don’t sleep in class! i know it seems so so tempting but slept my way through geography last year and i got a C in my exam instead of the expected A so…
- Don’t tick off your teacher, follow the rules to an extent, get to class on time, respect your classmates and teachers. you know, just be a decent person.
- be positive!!! and not just for the first week or so, keep the positivity going throughout the whole school year. if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
- "you can do it, wildcat, i believe in u" — something troy bolton said one time probably definitely
Racist white Teacher Suspended for Punching 5-Year-Old Girl in the Face
A racist teacher at Sheffield Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee has been suspended after being accused of punching a 5-year-old girl. The teacher, whom theschool district refuses to name, has not beenarrested, but an investigation by the MemphisPolice Department has begun.
Tiffany McConnell told WMC Action News 5 that she questioned her daughter, Payden, when she woke up one morning with a black eye after noticing puffiness the evening before. “I asked her what happened. She told me her teacher pushed her down and punched her, and I was devastated.”
Payden began kindergarten last week, and McConnell says the transition was difficult for her daughter. She told Fox Memphis, “My daughter said she was crying and screaming because she wanted to come home with me, and the teacher got mad because she wanted to go to the restroom again…and pushed her down and punched her.” She says the school’s principal told her another child also witnessed the incident.
McConnell will home school her daughter for the rest of the year. “My child is afraid to go back around theschool,” she explained.
The district plans to follow up with the allegations. Shelby County Schools said in a statement, “The District is investigating these allegations, and the teacher has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.”
These occurrences serve as reminders that we must listen to our black kids and know what’s going in their please white racist controlled classrooms.
This happened right down the street from my house.. I would be in jail.. Jail.. jail.. jail.. Peep how the school board refuses to name the teacher…
it’s white people punching babies I feel like I’m losing my mind
beat this teacher’s ass.
why the fuck do these people get into teaching in the first place if they have that short a fuse????
Oh my black ass woulda been buried under the jail.
Ain’t. NO. way. in. hell.
That poor baby. For the rest of her life, her first memory of school is going to be being assaulted the teacher who was entrusted with teaching and protecting her.
That is for ONE COURSE at the graduate level.
And people wonder why poor kids don’t usually go to college and ESPECIALLY don’t go to grad school.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ there’s why
Not to derail but I like accuracy. I dot know what school this is but at your average public state school a grad class is $600 , meaning you should be takin 10-12 credits meaning you’re paying $1800 for classes alone . Hence these schools are out of range for poor students
This IS an average public state school in the US. That $600 isn’t for one CLASS, it’s for one CREDIT. And classes are average around 3 credits per class.
• your mental health is more important than your grades/school work
• you are fabulous
• they’re probably not even paying attention when you give a presentation
• one friend is better than no friends
• eat a healthy lunch
• take care of yourself
• please stay safe
• your mental health is more important than your grades/school work
• I love you