Welcome back and thanks for your patience while I have been on study leave. There are only two weeks left before the Unit 3/4 Biology exam on Friday 30th October, so you should have already done the following:
Written out a clear and concise set of study notes, outlining the main concepts in each Area of Study.
Completed practice exams (available at the VCAA website) and identified areas where you need to do further revision.
You may also like to join the Study.com site for a five-day free trial and access their Immunology resources.
Some students have mentioned that they are having most difficulty remembering the cells involved and sequence of events of the cell cycle and immunology. These quick videos and other resources may assist with your revision:
For the next week you are each required to produce a revision tool for two chapters to share with the class. You can create a multimedia quiz at QuizRevolution, flashcards at Flashcardsdb or a quiz, games and cards at Quizlet. The example above is from my Quizlet page.
Well done on completing your mid-year Biology exam. It was a real test of everyone’s knowledge and understanding of Unit 1: Cells and Functioning Organisms. The degree of difficulty is an indication of the Unit 3 and 4 course, so you will need to continue to work hard to do well. Please complete the student survey by clicking on the Survey tab at the top of this page. The purpose of this survey is to assist me to improve my teaching and your learning.
I have given those students who did not sit the GAT a list of words from the end of each chapter in Unit 2. Each student is required to create a worksheet to distribute to the whole class to assist each of us to understand these words. You could use a crossword, word search with definitions, ‘fill-the-gaps’, concept map or flashcards. Try Puzzlemaker, Tools for Educators, Wordsearch Generator or FlashcardsDB.
Chris and James, your job will be to read Chapter 9 and prepare a unit of work to teach the class. Each pair of students will be required to do this for one chapter. You will still be required to answer all the chapter review questions and this is a good place to start to ensure you have a full understanding of the concepts. Have a great long weekend and see you Tuesday!
The two revision quizzes above were created using My Studiyo with multiple choice questions from past exams. You could create your own, using the questions from your Activity Manual. Check your email for a summary of Unit 1. You could also create Flashcards, like the ones below:
All around the world students have examinations to test and assess their learning. How well you do will depend on your attitude as well as your knowledge and preparation. The following tips may assist you to succeed:
Top students study for between 2 and 5 hours on week nights and 3 to 6 hours a day on weekends.
Turn off your mobile phone and minimize other distractions (magazines, games, TV).
Make a list of deadlines and exam dates and plan your week ahead.
Try using earplugs and listen to music only when doing undemanding work.
Consider studying at the library where there are fewer distractions.
Find study-buddies for sharing notes and discussing ideas.
Get help from a teacher or consider a tutor – they can force you to work and change your attitude to a subject.
Get friends or family membrs to test you before exams.
Remember to take breaks, get at least eight hours of sleep each night and eat healthy food.
Get a copy of the course syllabus as a guide to write your study notes.
Write brief notes and review them again immediately. Review them again 24 hours later and then twice each week until the exam.
Use colour to highlight important headings – sub-headings act as memory triggers.
Do lots of practise papers – research shows top students do a lot more practise tests.
Read extra material, making notes of relevant material and then refer to it in your essay.
Look for a unique angle – demonstrate you understand opposing opinions and then explain why you believe one argument is more correct. Evaluation is one of the higher-order thinking skills.
Avoid stressed people and those who speculate about what is in the exam on the day. Aim to stay calm.
On exam day, after a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast:
It usually takes about 10 minutes to focus on the exam – start mentally rehearsing what you are going to do before the examiner says start.
Check how many marks are allocated to each part of the exam question.
Read and re-read the questions – look for negatives eg. “Which is NOT an example of …..
Stay calm and keep things in perspective. Each exam is worth only a portion of your final mark.
I learnt something new yesterday – Mr Foreman and I were talking about why some people prefer leaf tea to tea bags. Apparently tea bags have salt in them! Remembering some basic biological principles from the beginning of term 1, what could be a reason that manufacturers add small amounts of salt to tea bags? Leave a comment with your thoughts in the comments section above.