It is important that you study hard for the exam to get a good score.
Here are some tips from biology experts to excel in school biology exams:
Read the question paper thoroughly before beginning to write your answers.
Make sure you read all instructions, such as ‘answer any one’ or ‘answer in 50 words’, etc., given at the beginning of the question paper and also at the top of each question.
Divide time effectively to answer all questions in the time allotted.
You don’t have to start answering a question from the beginning, if you know what comes later.
Write only relevant points while answering an essay type question or explaining a diagram or concept. You can practice writing short answers using bullet points or phrases instead of complete sentences. This will save time and also make your answer look neat.
Do not write too much in detail – stick to what is relevant and what you know best.
Avoid writing rambling answers even if it means leaving a few lines blank at the end of your answer. It is better than writing something that does not make sense just for the sake of filling up space.
Even if you do not complete your paper on time, do not leave it mid-way and walk.
Before the exam: prepare yourself
The first thing is to prepare yourself a few days (or weeks) before the exam:
Know the content of each chapter by heart. If you have trouble remembering things, create your own mind maps to learn them more easily.
Make sure that you know how to do all exercises from the exercise books that were given by the teacher.
If possible, get in touch with your teacher to ask for further information about some chapters that you still don’t understand.
I would advise you not to cram everything in one night or day – it isn’t a good strategy because it makes you stressed and tired and there is a risk of forgetting things.
During exams, focus on what’s really important!
Now that you’re ready for your exams, here are some tips on how to maximize your chances of success:
The night before your exam: sleep well! Sleeping well gives your brain some time to rest and process everything.
Nothing can prepare you for every possible biology exam question, but you can do a few things to make it more likely that the questions you do see are ones that you’re prepared for. Read through these 10 tips to increase your chances of success.
Make sure that you understand the requirements of the exam. Remember to check which topics are included in the exam and what type of questions are asked.
Look at past exam papers and mark schemes. Use them to create a list of key topics and important information that is tested repeatedly.
Use revision guides to identify where most marks lie. If there’s one area that will give you the most marks, make sure you know it inside out!
Create a study plan and stick to it! Make sure that your study plan is realistic, achievable and covers all areas of the syllabus.
Practice essay questions in advance. A good way to do this is by creating ‘flash cards’, where one side contains a question while the other side has a summary of key facts or theories related to answering that question. You could also record yourself reading out answers and playing them back later as though it were an audio revision guide.
Make links between different areas of the syllabus – this will help you.
1. Use the right study materials
2. Draw diagrams and tables
3. Attend biology classes regularly
4. Use the library
5. Get your hands on some practice exams
6. Form a study group
7. Visit your teacher during office hours
8. Organize notes, flashcards and other study materials
9. Practice writing essays and short answers
10. Get involved in biology clubs.
Biology is one of the most interesting and diverse fields of science, and there have probably been many times when you have wondered how something has happened.
Biology explains all these things and enables you to see how fascinating the world actually is. Studying biology also helps us to understand our own bodies and the environment around us, how we interact with it and how it works.
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. It includes botany (the study of plants) and zoology (the study of animals).
Biology is a very broad subject so there are many ideas for possible topics. Here are some examples:
The human body; cell structure; reproduction; growth and development; evolution; classification; ecology; viruses, bacteria and disease; behaviour; genetics; plant structure, nutrition, transport and reproduction.