Tips for success, improvement, and most of all, learning.
It's time to learn the right way...but how?!
I know how demanding this class can seem at times. There is a lot of information thrown at you and the exams on that information can be quite tricky as many of you will soon realize. Nonetheless, if you're in the mood to improve your studying strategies, here are my go-to tips for success.
START STUDYING ASAP. I always started AT LEAST two weeks in advance to an exam and that left me more than enough time to tackle each lecture, learn each lecture, and then redo all of that again in order to truly learn the material.
You NEED to go to lecture. I know many of you love this site for its convenience and overall awesomeness, but please remember that this is a SUPPLEMENT that is not intended to replace lecture.
Study your lecture notes, not the textbook. You are strictly responsible for what's presented in lecture (i.e. the notes) on exams. Not the textbook. My videos usually align well with lecture notes. Nonetheless, you must have lecture notes to study off of and if you don't, you better ask someone to be kind enough to share their lecture notes with you!
Use the textbook to clarify anything you don't understand. DO NOT LABORIOUSLY READ IT and make notes off it...you're wasting your time!
Use the textbook for its for figures. The figures are amazing. Most professors even tell you what figures are really helpful.
Use BIALIGY lecture videos to guide and organize your learning. This means write what I write AND understand what I write. You absolutely cannot expect to learn the material via absorption. You are not a sponge. Do NOT just sit there and listen/watch me hoping to become the next Charles Darwin. You need to be ACTIVE in your own learning so be ACTIVE when you watch me.
Use the BIALIGY playlists to really drive home all lecture topics. Honestly, and I openly admit this, my flowcharts (sometimes) do not do biological processes enough justice. You need to visually see the processes. These playlists do this with downright incredible animations that you will never forget. Instead of perusing through social media on your phone whilst laying in your bed, watch these videos before you sleep!
You MUST MUST MUST rewrite your notes! This helped me so much. Whatever notes you really feel comfortable with, whether they're from BIALIGY or lecture, or both, rewrite them. This really forces you to clean them up, organize them in better ways, and overall just makes you remember them better because you'll be actively making and remaking many meaningful connections.
There are tons of practice questions online, just google "Campbell biology questions" and find the associated chapters. Voilà!
Form a study group with friends and reteach every lecture to each other. This is what truly made me learn the material. And believe me, it's really fun and it's the best way possible to learn in my humble opinion!
And that's about it. I'll end on one final note. I do not wish any of you "good luck" in this course. As I always say to all my students, luck is for the unprepared. I wish you all SUCCESS because success is the direct result of preparation. Now go study and happy learning!