Words with Wolfe Wolverine

Dear Wolfe Wolverine,

I am having trouble in Biology. I am not getting very good grades, and I have failed every test so far. I just can’t seem to figure out how to get the information to stick in my mind. Do you have any suggestions that will help me pass my tests?

Sincerely,

Roadster

Dear Roadster,

There are many ways that can help you study for the tests, but making the information stick is the most important part. There are going to be ways that will make the information stick in your head that will not work as well for other people.

First of all, what type of learner are you? Different methods work for different types of learners. The different learning styles are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. An auditory learner learns by hearing the information. A visual learner learns by seeing the information. A kinesthetic learner learns by learning the information in a physical form.

If you are an auditory learner, you can try recording class lectures and listening to them later that evening. It also helps to have a friend quiz you aloud. If there is an audio version of your text, you should try and utilize that feature.

If you are a visual learner, There are several ways for you to try and retain the information. Visual learners do well while learning with charts and graphs. Also, if you have highlighters, you can highlight pertinent information in different colors based on their importance to the lesson. Index cards are another good way for visual learners the study, especially the colored index cards.

If you are a kinesthetic learner, it is best to study the information in a physical form. Since you are trying to study for Biology, you could look up simple labs online, and try them at home. Kinesthetic learners also learn well with repetition. Repetition could be in the form of copying your notes several times over, or walking around the house repeating the information to yourself.

A good way to study for all types of learners is something I call ‘Buddy Study.’ Basically, Buddy Study is when you and a friend study together. You can review flashcards together. You can review notes, vocabulary, worksheets, homework, etc. with your friend. It also helps if the friend you are studying with actually knows the information that you guys are both reviewing.

Some teachers put practice tests online. If your teacher does that, I would highly recommend that you take the practice test. Even if you think that the practice test won’t really help you, it just might. It never hurts to try, because then you will know what really does help you, and what doesn’t help you. You should also do any and all study guides that the teacher hands out in class.

There are also ways to study that you can manipulate to benefit you. These ways can be mnemonic devices, Microsoft OneNote, online puzzles, etc., you jus need to find what works for you.

It also helps to retain information it you review it right before you go to sleep. Don’t think that if you just put your notes under your pillow when you go to sleep that you will magically know all of the information upon waking. You actually have to review the information, and all you have to do is read it.

If you want to, you can also try tutoring. You can pay for someone to help you study at home, or at a public place. Most schools offer free tutoring programs from the teachers or the students. There is a website called Enroll that you can sign up for, for free that you can take tutoring lessons from other people that actually know the information. (If there are subjects that you are good at, you can make a little money yourself, too.)

There are many different ways to study and retain all of the information that you need to be able to pass you next and future Biology tests. All you have to do is find out which methods work best for you and your learning style.

Sincerely,

Wolfe Wolverine

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