It’s hurricane season in Hawaii and the weather is perfect for staying in my sweats and doing homework in bed. Hurricane Ignacio has just passed and hurricane Jimena is on the way. Hopefully, the internet doesn’t go down because I have a ton of online homework. Stay safe and have a great day guys!
So, while I was on vacation and spending some time at MSU to experience the college life I’ll never have I saw some things that really struck a chord with me. I saw graffiti unlike anything else, it had a much stronger message than your typical bout of street art. I can only imagine the story behind this. This picture was taken in a parking garage’s basement level which is three stories underground. There is no surveillance cameras and is technically closed after 6 o'clock PM, so there aren’t cars in there at all around midnight (I was in there skating around that time) and so I can only assume what this could mean.
Had a fairly relaxing evening watching a film but now doing some English annotating before bed. It’s been a really full first two days of school so I’m really looking forward to having the weekend off to relax a little.
So this is my advice on how to pass your Biology course. I’ve just completed AQA a-level biology, but you can adapt these ideas to your situation.
notes & the spec - So as to thoroughly learn the content I would take rough notes in class, re-do them neatly and file them at home within a few days, and then type up the notes (with added pictures) onto my computer within a few weeks. You should be referring to the specification as often as possible so you know which bits of info are relevant when condensing your notes - I found this essential as I had more than one bio textbook. BUT, you should make note of any interesting extra information to refer back to for the a2 essay (below).
past papers - Once you’ve covered all the content in class, past papers are (as always) the best way to prepare. I recommend you leave at least one set of papers untouched until a week before the final exam, but do all the other papers twice (re-doing them helps with exam technique). In the month or so before the exam, find the specific unit thread (e.g. BIOL4) on The Student Room and subscribe to get email updates every time someone replies to the thread. It’s useful for advice, study resources, and predictions for what the longer mark questions will be about.
the a2 essay - Don’t worry about your writing style too much as it’s just about being factual. For me, the difficult part was including knowledge from outside of the specification. Preparation is key! Several months before the exam I began finding articles in the Biological Sciences Review magazine. If your school doesn’t provide a service like this, try The New Scientist or the science sections of news websites e.g. BBC. Find articles that correspond to each major topic (e.g. energy transfer, cell specialisation, synapses) and memorise 2 or 3 lines of information that you can work into your essays. I found it useful to time myself planning essays for practice. Again, The Student Room is a great place to find essay title predictions.
Message me if you have any other questions/recommendations.