Imagine yourself walking through a huge forest and you start to wonder how everything came to be, how YOU came to be. Welcome to the subject of Biology, where one minute we are learning about evolution, the next about how those trees in the forest create energy and then how tiny cells keep our bodies functioning. I hope this guide gives you some tips and tricks to navigate this content rich course.
How to prepare for SACs
Make sure to use the study design and learn exactly what it tells you to learn - nothing more, nothing less. To study, I would go through the study design and generate a list of questions based on the dot points. This way, you can prime yourself on what to look out for and you'll learn to filter for only relevant information.
Making summaries and notetaking is the single best way to consolidate your learning. Writing it onto a few pages can act as an easy place to know where to refer back to throughout the year. While creating your summary, I suggest you use:
- Headings and subheadings
- Heaps of colour
- Detailed diagrams
- Concise explanations
- Bolding and underlining
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How to revise for exams
Review your notes regularly throughout the year. By the end of the year, you would have realised everything in Biology is related - so like everything together by making mind maps, diagrams and flowcharts.
I started doing practice exams a month out from the actual exam to give me plenty of time to revise. Try to do them under times condition and try doing at least 10 practice exams.
Review exams with sample answers and assessor's report. After each exam, make sure to look at the exam report to see what the assessor is looking for. Make sure to mark your practice exams harshly as examiners will surely do so. I also made a logbook of how I went in each exam so I could see my progression.
- Use the reading time to get a feel for what topics are covered in the short answer and then start answering the multiple choice questions
- Move on from multiple choice after 30 minutes
- Spend until you have 10 or 15 minutes left on the clock on short answer
- Use the remaining time to check through your exam
Some final tips
- Use your teachers
- Help and be helped by your friends
- Use your words wisely
- Try to understand
- Enjoy Biology!
We hope you've found this study guide helpful. Best of luck with your Biology SACs and exam!
The Studyclix Team