How to Study for APWith
any college-level biology course, the same rules apply. You will learn
a new language and new things about the world around you (or about the
body you reside in). However, biology courses are rarely EASY. I have
compiled a list of "Tips to Success" below. When students ask for my
help in pulling their grade up, this is the list of suggestions that I
give them. Please read through this list and use this advice to your
#1 - Be an active learning.
Just listening to material then trying to go back and memorize it is
not the best way to learn and understand. You should be an active
participant in this learning process in order to gain a better
understanding of concepts discussed
#2 - Prepare yourself. While
there is no required prerequisite or corequisite, there are several
recommendations. A STRONG background in high school biology is
essential to being successful in any college level course. For A&P,
consider a introductory level course such as BIO 01, 100 or 101 as a
prerequisite to give you an intro to topics discussed in A&P.
#3 - Read, listen, talk and write. Using all your senses in the learning process, can help you stay ahead of the material.
Read through the chapter before coming to class. Don't come to class
completely clueless and expect your professor to do all the work. Also,
re-read this material after the lecture to reaffirm the material
Come to class! Save yourself and come to class. Just listening to the
material can allow you have a better understanding and helps you move
more quickly through those "easy questions" you see on an exam
This goes back to active learning. Participate in class and you will be
more likely to retain the information. Also, consider studying in a
STUDY GROUP. You will learn more when you actively discuss the material
notes!!! Don't take advantage of powerpoints - you should also be using
writing notes during lecture. Try re-writing notes into study guides as
well - why carry around a binder of powerpoints when you can carry
around 4-5 pages of a study guide.
#4 - Ask questions
- If you don't understand a topic, ask! And, why wait till after
lecture?, you will possibly find that someone else had the same
question. Also, don't forget that I have office hours for a reason,
email me to schedule an appointment and use this time to your advantage.
#5 - STUDY!
No one likes to hear that they have to study everyday, but, Get over
it!!!! You do! And if you don't have the time, then maybe you need to
take a different class that is less intensive. In general, most biology
course require 3-4 days of lecture combined with 3-4 days of study
time. Start with a least 1 hour a day, then increase this on days when
you have more time. Also, take advantage of STUDY GROUPS, they work!
Last, don't just review notes to study....make flashcards, take
practice quizzes, watch videos, visit other biology websites - use your
#6 - Manage your classes!
One biology course is hard enough, don't torture yourself (or your
grade) by overextending yourself. Lighten your course load and, unless
you can TRULY handle it, limit yourself to one biology course a
#7 - Use your resources.
The publisher offers several resources to help you succeed. Take
advantage of practice quizzes, labeling games, etc. provided through
your test book. Plus, many instructors pull test questions from the
publisher's test bank, it may be to your advantage to already have an
idea of what the publisher feels is important and how questions may be
presented on your exam. The campus also has free tutoring options
available - use them! Last, your instructor is here to help you - use
your instructor to your advantage.
#8 - Don't neglect the lab -
Please remember that the lab portion of a course can be anywhere from
25-40% of the final grade. This grade can make a significant difference
in your final letter grade. Take advantage of this study time and make
use of your LAB INSTRUCTOR. Also, note that the lecture and lab may not
necessary cover the same material and you may have to devote study time
to each individually