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How do you study?

  1. Dec 9, 2012 #1
    So I'm currently in my last year of high school and I just completed my biology exam and I did quite poorly in it.. But the thing is I studied really hard for it, spent like an hour and a half every day before the exam (2 weeks). The way that I studied for that test however was by writing out heaps of notes. I pretty much kept repeating a constant cycle of writing the same thing over and over again... However, many of my other peers barely studied that much for the exam and they aced it.

    So how do you guys study for science and how useful is it?
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  3. Dec 9, 2012 #2
    sounds like you just had a bad test, happens to everyone. I usually review course notes and then work as many problems that I can find solutions for (this obviously doesn't apply to biology).
  4. Dec 9, 2012 #3
    Well, you know the difference between ''quasi knowing'' and really knowing the material stone cold? A's reflect knowing the material stone cold, where the rate determining step to answering a question is writing down your answer.
  5. Dec 9, 2012 #4
    Tommy1995, check out Cal Newport's books.
  6. Dec 9, 2012 #5
    Hmm just looked at the reviews... seems useful but I can't find it in any of my libraries or book stores, not even sydney university library has it LOL, you rekkon you could gimme a brief summary of his guide? :D
  7. Dec 10, 2012 #6
    Just read Cal Newport's blog. I didn't find anything in his books that differed significantly from his blog material.
  8. Dec 10, 2012 #7
    I've never taken a serious biology class before, but I know that for physics and math you really just need to do a ton of problems. I've seen lots of people try to sell special techniques and "hacks," and these can work, but if you haven't done the work you can't truly expect to know the material.
  9. Dec 10, 2012 #8
    Just read the textbook then make detailed notes like these http://www.mediafire.com/view/?yc1y3ja4p43tmfk [Broken]
    My physics teacher convinced me to drop biology though, he believes that bio isn't a real science, only physics is haha and i never enjoyed bio tbh
    anyway, i find this to be the best way to study science, get ur syllabus, make detailed notes like in the link, then do practice question. Learn the theory then apply it, basically.
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  10. Dec 10, 2012 #9
    Damn straight holmes!~
    daaaammn straight.
  11. Dec 10, 2012 #10


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    Seriously? Biologists just make it up as they go along, right? :uhh:

    My advice is to disregard egotistical rubbish. It's unbecoming of an educator, especially in science.

    How to study (from a physics and mathematics perspective):

    - Consider the homework the bare minimum. You should work as many problems from relevant sections as you have time for. I'd spend at least an hour a night working problems from the current section being studied.

    - Take the mistakes you make on homework and exams to a TA or professor and have them show you where you went wrong if you weren't able to figure it out for yourself. Then go to the corresponding sections in your textbook and work relevant problems, again.
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  12. Dec 10, 2012 #11
    Considering that biophysics is one of the most active fields of physics research at the moment. I think you should stop listening to your teacher. A good quantitative biology course should be a requirement for any science degree.
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  13. Dec 10, 2012 #12
    Very true!! Biology is as much of science than physics. It may very well be that you don't like biology very much. But to say that it is not as much of a science as physics is rubbish. I am appalled that a teacher makes such statements!
  14. Dec 10, 2012 #13
    My biology teacher and physics teacher have these kinds of discussion all the time :)
  15. Dec 14, 2012 #14
    For some reason, I think your physics teacher is joking.
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