Biology - Revision techniques
Know the key concepts associated with each area of study and make sure you
understand them. There are many methods to achieve this. Though you may
have particular favourite ones, try others - it develops flexibility of
thinking and adds to your range of skills, any of which could be called
upon in the EXAM.
* Do not just read class or other notes, compile summaries (key points)
if you have not already done so.
* Make sure you scan the reports of practical activities, particularly
* Cover labels to diagrams and name the features.
* Sketch diagrams and label or annotate.
* Ensure you can define key biological words (have you compiled a
glossary or vocabulary list?).
* Ensure you know the difference between words that seem similar, for
example, codon, anticodon, heterozygous, homozygous.
* Draw up tables of comparison e.g. mitosis and meiosis.
* Be able to relate concepts to each other, that is link ideas.
* Draw concept or mind maps; write a few words on the connecting lines to
indicate the relationship or link; you may find this difficult to start off
with but you improve with practise - as with most things!
Practise trial EXAM questions:
* work with solutions
* do questions then refer to solutions
* discuss questions with others
* don't always do the 'feel good' questions - the ones you find
straightforward - try the harder ones. Follow up difficulties with your
teacher but be precise about what you need to know or to clarify.
Use the following evolution crossword as a revision exercise
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