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There are many students out there who don't consider biology as 'their cup of tea'! When asked for the reason, they come up with endless problems like, unable to memorize the scientific names and the technical terms, unable to reproduce the diagrams effectively, unable to understand the definitions and so on...
There is a constructive form of studying that should be followed for better results. Studying biology is just like studying any other subject. However, you should come up with an effective study plan from the beginning of your course. This is true not ony for biology, but for all subjects. We will be discussing ten effective tips for grade 5 Biology students, on how to make studying easier.
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The 10 Tips!
Release the fear of biology: If you have a mindset in which you are convinced that studying biology is not for you, it will seem even more difficult. In that case no study tips for biology will work for you. So get rid of this attitude and develop genuine interest in biology. Understand and relate it to your daily activities. Biology is the study of life and living forms. Once you understand this connection, you will develop an interest in the subject.
Setting goals: Setting a goal is very important. It is because of the goal that you have set for yourself that you are here in the first place, looking for effective study tips for biology, in order to be able to manage your time and have a positive outcome.
Create a study routine: Make a regular habit of studying biology and eventually it will become a routine which means, after a while, you will find yourself revising your biology lessons at a particular time effortlessly.
Study environment: Your learning environment helps you relax and feel comfortable while studying. Your attention and concentration also tends to be highest when your learning environment is conducive.
Stealth studying: Considered the most effective way to study biology, this is where small study groups are formed in order to be able to easily help each other in understanding, retaining and recalling any information later. However, forming a group to study biology takes commitment and hard work, it pays off well as you will realize that you are able to understand some very technical details almost effortlessly.
Research: If you are studying in a group, then in order to make your study worthwhile and fruitful in the end, the group members should do more than what they are taught in class by creating research forums. The group members should help each for better understanding. It is easier to grasp more when you do direct research than when you just sit in class and listen to lectures without being actively involved yourself.
Practice diagrams: Diagrams in biology are an important aspect of this subject. The only way to get through them is practice. Get a whiteboard for yourself and practice with colored markers. Explain the diagrams to your friends so that you develop an understanding of them.
Same day reviewing: If you are taught something in the class and you don’t make an effort to revise it on the same day at home, then after a couple of days it will fade from the memory. Same day reviewing somehow cements anything that you have been through that day in class.
Split the technical terms to understand the meaning: Every technical term in science is given a name with some logic. For example, Biology itself is a word taken from 'Bios' = life and 'logos' = study of. This defines the term biology as study of life. So in order to learn and understand the technical terms and their meaning break them up and try to learn the meaning. This helps to a great extent.
Honor yourself with enough rest : It is good to always obey your instincts, especially when you feel exhausted because of long hours of studying biology. When exhausted, the brain will be unable to comprehend anything.