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IK2021
Could I possibly have some help with how to study Biology please.
IK2021 Leaving Cert Biology11

What is the best way I can study for Biology? I find it very difficult to understand what the questions are asking me, and I never seem to retain the information. I can memorised my geography 80 markers fine, but thats because I am given a structure, I just don't know how to study Biology. Any sujestions?


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alo12hackett
hi there , im also in the same boat as you i find it very gard to remember anything in biology at all , im a 6th year student
phant0m
phant0m
go through the each chapter/set of notes and write yourself questions for every little thing that you think could come up on the exam: "what is the compisition of blood" "what does blood consist of" "what's plasma" "what are plasma's components" "what are red blood cells" "how long do red blood cells survive" "do red blood cells have a mitochondria". each question stems from the one before and some of them will be particularly easy/short and seem pointless but they connect the ideas in ur head. don't waste time rewriting notes. practise the questions everyday and mark a red/orange/green line beside them depending on how well u answered and keep practising until they're all green. then do exam questions and write any unfamiliar questions into your questionbank. you'll eventually be confident enough to answer general broader questions like "what are all the functions of each component of blood".
rola2001
rola2001
Marking scheme is super important to get good grades. Keep doing past questions and memorise the definitions from exam marking schemes. Read the book for reference and to increase your knowledge.
evemurphy101
What I find best is read through a section of the notes. I use the John Cullen revision book. Say you are studying Lungs and breathing, the first thing to learn is the structure of the breathing system. I am a visual learner so I might draw little diagrams or even watch the Biology Bugbears video on the topic. Once you get your head around that, move on to the next paragraph which is the mechanism and so on. Before you even look at exam papers, I suggest doing the quiz on studyclix and do not stop until you get 100%, and likewise complete the quiz on the conical flask for the chapter. This will show how well you know the chapter. If you do great in these it will help with your confidence. When you feel like you understand the chapter , go through the state exam questions and write out the questions which you got wrong when you answered them. Build up a bank of these questions. When you complete the state exam questions, go back over the ones you got wrong the following day, let those be the only questions you answer before you move on to something else. If you want, you can then move on to the pre papers as they tend to be trickier. The night before the test/exam, let the difficult questions you wrote out be the ones you go over. I hope this helped.. I am currently studying Biology for the November exams so this is what I have been doing the past 2 years.
MarkMcAuley
I'm studying for the Leaving Cert in November and biology is one of the subjects, I found a website that has all the notes you need on the different topics, but it did cost €38, I'll leave the link in case you want to take a look-https://www.625points.com/2016/12/buy-leaving-cert-biology-notes.html
Krol
Krol
I would recomend to watch video for kids. Very easy explanation :slight_smile:
Rianoxo
Rianoxo
go through each chapter with studyclix and highlight each bit of info in your book that is relevent to answering past questions and learn it off
IK2021
IK2021
thank you so much for all of your advice, i know it will really help me. thank you again.
Melodilifluous
Go over your notes. if you don't have a good one there are many websites out there, I personally like https://www.theconicalflask.ie/biology . After that, do the exam questions on each of the chapters and keep repeating it. With biology, repetition of the exam questions is the key. Even if you don't understand the concepts, as you keep on doing the questions, it will click in so don't worry too much about it.
supersm
supersm
Prior knowledge is needed biology actually requires certain things from science from junior cert can't fully understand without context to fill in. My advice is if you lack understanding go back over what is required for context make things easier in the long run.
supersm
supersm
They don't tell you in leaving cert certain things from junior cert half the people that did do well in biology probably did science have foundation to work off. The only way without doing it before fill in gaps requires extra work possible.
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