Studying for a biology or other science test requires a constructed plan. It is most important for the student to know the topics that are going to be on the exam and to study them thoroughly. In addition, it is important for the student to understand the textbook and lecture note readings, as well as be organized with handouts and web information obtained from the instructor or self-research. Furthermore, creating a self-made study guide is an important part to acing the exam.
Read over the text book chapters and lecture notes at least two times in which you are being tested. While reading the final time, highlight the important topics, sub topics, key words and definitions. Look at all the bold text words. Make sure that you have understood what you have read. Mark anything that you do not understand with a post-it on that page. Read slowly if needed. Biology and other science books are not like reading a novel, there is a lot of detailed information.
Go back to the beginning and on a separate piece of paper write out the highlighted information creating your own study guide. Compare your classroom lecture notes and lab notes with the highlighted information. Organize the study guide to contain not only information from the textbook, but information that the instructor may have presented during the lecture. In addition, some information in Biology or other science books uses graphs or illustrations with labels for certain topics. Draw these on a piece of paper to add to your study guide.
Study your study guide. Talk to yourself aloud as you read your notes. Rereading the notes aloud may help clarify the information and help you recall it at test time. For concepts or definitions, express the answer aloud without looking at the text. Write down anything you do not know.
Based in Huntington Beach, Calif., Dana Schafer has been writing environmental articles and grant proposals since 2006. Schafer has written for Grace Unlimited Corporation and Youth Have Vision. Schafer is in the process of receiving a Master of Science in biology from California State University, Long Beach.