O-Level Biology

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O-Level Biology

Post by kitty2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:51 am

Wonder anyone has any clue how to do well for the above? Heard from a lot of people saying just " swallow" the text book ,one will do well :?

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Re: O- level Biology

Post by sabahat ali » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:56 am

I am also Olevels student...according to me Only 'swallowing' the book is not enough...u should have a proper concept of the topic and keep full command on past papers it will be very beneficial..

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Re: O- level Biology

Post by kitty2 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:23 pm

sabahat ali wrote:I am also Olevels student...according to me Only 'swallowing' the book is not enough...u should have a proper concept of the topic and keep full command on past papers it will be very beneficial..


Thanks! Looks bio is not a popular subject :laugh:

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Re: O- level Biology

Post by kitty2 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:24 pm

sabahat ali wrote:I am also Olevels student...according to me Only 'swallowing' the book is not enough...u should have a proper concept of the topic and keep full command on past papers it will be very beneficial..


Thanks! Looks bio is not a popular subject :laugh:

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Re: O- level Biology

Post by Teacher Aaron » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:00 pm

kitty2 wrote:Wonder anyone has any clue how to do well for the above? Heard from a lot of people saying just " swallow" the text book ,one will do well :?


My understanding from my wife, who's a biology doctorate, is that the discipline is very fact heavy, so there's a lot of memory work involved, but having said that, if you don't understand what the question requires, you won't be able to give the appropriate answer.


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Re: O- level Biology

Post by SavedbyGrace » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:45 pm

Hello, I was a Biology student.

I don't recommend swallowing TB as that seems like forcing the content into one's brain. Full understanding of the concepts is essential and this can be tested through doing practice questions (if student is unable to use the "swallowed" knowledge in application questions, it is likely that he/she does not fully comprehend the memorised content).

1. Keywords are always important in Bio answers as required by Cambridge. This requires memory work. Answering Technique too!

2. Acronyms aid the memory process in Bio. Eg "BAD PIGS" stands for the following functions of the liver:
production of Bile
deAnimation
Detoxification
Protein Synthesis
Iron Storage
Regulation of blood Glucose level
Storage of Vitamins A & D


3. Expose one's self to various exam papers to try out different data-based and graph questions; the ability to ace such non-regurgitation questions is a good Bio answering skill.

I have numerous Bio exam papers and practices available. Do PM me if keen. Hope this helps.

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Re: O-Level Biology

Post by Dr.Daniel » Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:04 pm

I'll give an answer that may be unpopular, but you should read the textbook. Especially at O'Level where the text is not really that hard.

Many times it is good to go through the text quickly before going to your class on a particular topic. Even just 15-20 minutes reading the introductory material. Then go to class and seek to understand what you are learning. Ask questions to get a clear understanding of the topic. Then read the text again more thoroughly when you have at least a basic understanding and the reading should go smoother.

What is one of the most challenging parts of a biology test or any science subject test ? Answer: The written explanations. Students say they have trouble phrasing the answers. How can you expect to write a biology explanation if you can't read one? Don't think you are just going to memorize a bunch of keywords and regurgitate them in random order within an answer.

Reading comprehension of science at O'Level is a basic educational goal that every parent should want their child to have. Without basic reading comprehension skills you are screwed if you try to go to University in any of the sciences. Plus so much of our world is based on science, in many careers it will help you to be able to understand science topics that you read about.

I wrote part of the Barron's Medical College Admission Test Guidebook. Most of the questions are reading comprehension questions on science topics. They know full well that regurgitating basic facts or keywords is not a way to judge whether someone has learned the topic.

So to answer the original question, how to do well in biology, it is a combination of having good explanations from a teacher, reading on your own, asking questions when you don't understand something and practice. Read your text and then practice writing the answers. Have a good tutor review your writing and guide you on how to improve your ability to express yourself. Gaining the confidence that you can express yourself in writing will help you not only on your tests, but in life.

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Re: O-Level Biology

Post by kdmama38 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:10 pm

Dr.Daniel wrote:I'll give an answer that may be unpopular, but you should read the textbook. Especially at O'Level where the text is not really that hard.

Many times it is good to go through the text quickly before going to your class on a particular topic. Even just 15-20 minutes reading the introductory material. Then go to class and seek to understand what you are learning. Ask questions to get a clear understanding of the topic. Then read the text again more thoroughly when you have at least a basic understanding and the reading should go smoother.

What is one of the most challenging parts of a biology test or any science subject test ? Answer: The written explanations. Students say they have trouble phrasing the answers. How can you expect to write a biology explanation if you can't read one? Don't think you are just going to memorize a bunch of keywords and regurgitate them in random order within an answer.

Reading comprehension of science at O'Level is a basic educational goal that every parent should want their child to have. Without basic reading comprehension skills you are screwed if you try to go to University in any of the sciences. Plus so much of our world is based on science, in many careers it will help you to be able to understand science topics that you read about.

I wrote part of the Barron's Medical College Admission Test Guidebook. Most of the questions are reading comprehension questions on science topics. They know full well that regurgitating basic facts or keywords is not a way to judge whether someone has learned the topic.

So to answer the original question, how to do well in biology, it is a combination of having good explanations from a teacher, reading on your own, asking questions when you don't understand something and practice. Read your text and then practice writing the answers. Have a good tutor review your writing and guide you on how to improve your ability to express yourself. Gaining the confidence that you can express yourself in writing will help you not only on your tests, but in life.



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Re: O-Level Biology

Post by Pepsi » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:19 pm

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Dr Venter compared his discovery of using cell to grow artificial life with using baking powder to make cake rise. Comment if this is a fair comparison and will there be any implication in his discovery.

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Re: O-Level Biology

Post by Aspire2015 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:46 pm

If you are looking for any O level Biology books-textbook, guides, TYS, prelim papers,please pm me. You can also look under Garage Sale, where I post pictures.

Other O Level books of other subjects are also available.

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