Trying to study Biology from scratch? It can be hard work when you’re new to the subject, especially if you’re trying to get into medical school and are preparing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). Luckily, we’ve got some great advice for how to study Biology for NEET without coaching!
Know About the Syllabus
When studying biology, you’ll likely encounter terms like phylum, genus, and species. These are scientific classifications used to organize animals based on their similarities and differences. But what do these classifications mean? The best way to understand them is by comparing apples and oranges; specifically, two similar fruits that grow in different climates—apples in colder temperatures versus oranges in warmer ones.
Take Notes, Especially Through Bullet Points
During class, take notes with bullet points and diagrams. The way you present information will help you remember it later on. Also, by taking notes in your own words, you’ll have a different perspective of what was covered in class than if you had just typed up your notes from class. You’ll be able to see what worked and what didn’t work as well based on your writing style, which is more personalized.
Learn Formulas by Heart
To ace your biology exam, you’ll need to memorize some formulas. The best way to do so is by repetition. Write down each formula on a small piece of paper and tape it on your wall or somewhere in your room where you can see it every day. Recite each formula out loud at least three times every day until you feel like they’re ingrained in your memory. When you recite them, make sure that you understand what each one means.
For example, if there’s a formula that involves multiplying two numbers together, say them aloud slowly and explain what it means as you go along: So if I have two liters of water…and I add five milliliters…that would be how many liters total? Well, then I multiply 5 ml by 2 liters, which equals 10 ml total…So then if I want to figure out how much more than 10 ml I have, all I need to do is take 10 minus 5, which equals 5 ml…In other words: X + Y = Z; X = Z – Y. And remember—you don’t necessarily have to start with adding or subtracting; sometimes knowing multiplication tables will help too!
Utilize Free Web Resources
Before getting into textbook material, it’s a good idea to look at some free online resources. Many high-quality biology courses are available for free on platforms like Coursera and EdX. These allow you to learn about basic concepts without having to spend money on books or other materials. Some of these courses may even cover topics that your textbook doesn’t! So, before purchasing a book, sign up for one of these courses first; many offer certificates of completion.
Solve Previous Year’s Question Papers
Solving previous year’s question papers can help you understand and become comfortable with exam patterns and content. Most coaching institutes will have sample papers that they use as a diagnostic tool – give these a go as well if you’re feeling unsure about where you are in your studies. Once you feel more confident, look at what topics were tested across multiple years, and begin to focus on those areas. It is always good to revise all topics, but you must do so before an exam. It will help ensure that everything is fresh in your mind come test day!
As a student, it can be hard to know how much work should be done each day/week/month. The key is to figure out what works best for you. Some students prefer studying in short bursts throughout the day while others are more productive with longer periods of study time. Find what works best for you and make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to learn and review before your exam date!
Work on Vocabulary Every Day
If you’re serious about doing well on your biology exams, there’s a lot of vocabulary you’ll need to learn and memorize. But don’t worry—it’s not as hard as it sounds! Just set aside some time every day, or even once a week, for studying. You can even study in small bursts throughout your day if you have time (in between classes or during other activities). One or two words per day are enough to improve your overall knowledge.
Practice Exams on an Empty Stomach
When you wake up, before you eat breakfast, take a multiple-choice test. This will help familiarize you with what questions feel like—and how much time it takes you to complete them. The more comfortable you get taking these tests on an empty stomach, the more confident you’ll be when exam day comes around and your tummy is full of eggs and bacon. Also, there is a science behind feeling energetic first thing in the morning.
Avoid Stress as Much as Possible
Take frequent breaks and indulge in relaxing activities. You can make yourself more prone to stress by overworking yourself, not getting enough sleep, and subjecting yourself to other stressors such as those caused by your job or relationships. By avoiding these things as much as possible and taking time out of your day for relaxing activities like exercise or meditation, you’ll help reduce anxiety before it gets a chance to take hold. This will keep your stress levels under control, which makes studying biology easier than ever before.
Don’t Panic After the Exam
Many students freak out after they finish their exams. They spend a lot of time and energy studying, but then immediately look at their test scores and lose them. Your exam grade is not your life’s work—it’s just one part of your application. Don’t judge yourself by one test; instead, focus on all aspects of your application and performance in school, as well as extracurricular activities.
Decide on what you feel is most important and focus on it. Though it is important to learn everything, you will likely only be tested on key topics. Focus on those. Be sure not just to memorize facts, but understand how things work in your body, where they come from, and how they act and interact with each other. Try some of these strategies out and tell us how they worked!