BSCI 124 - SECTION 2001

Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics



1. The Final Exam is on Friday, May 16th at 8:00am in HJP 0226 (the lecture hall).

2. Exam Review session is on Wednesday from 3-4 pm.

3. The types of extra credit questions to expect will be announced in lecture 1 week before the final exam.

Note the Exam time is 8:00am!!!!!!
Please plan to arrive ON TIME for the final exam.  If you arrive late, after another student has already completed the exam and left the room,
you will not be permitted to take the exam.

Exam Studying Tips:
In addition to the readings, utilize the textbook for diagrams and pictures as reinforcement to the lecture notes.  I show a lot of diagrams and pictures during the lectures, but some students like to have more time looking at the pictures, this is where the book is very helpful.

Using the lecture outline handouts as a guide, start by studying your lecture notes.  Set aside 30 min to 1 hour every Tuesday and Thursday evening to review your outlines and notes.

If you come across difficult concepts while studying your notes, then read the corresponding pages in the textbook on that subject.
General Studying Tips:
Since this course is for non-science majors, most of you are probably not very familiar with its concepts and vocabulary. It's
rather like learning a new language. The exams are objective, including multiple choice and matching questions. Therefore, you
must be able to read a question and recognize the correct answer. The best way to study for this type of exam is to memorize
the concepts and terms. This is my suggestion for how to prepare for these exams.

   1.    Come to class, sit in front of the lecture room,  and take notes. There will be some web material that will not be covered in lecture, and
            some lecture material will not be found in the web notes. Coming to class is essential to get a good grade.
   2.    Get a one and a half inch loose-leaf notebook to record lecture notes and to insert and organize handouts in the proper order.  Date and
            title the notes from each lecture.  Take notes during films and slides.
   3.     Ask questions during lecture when material is unclear.
   4.     Since it will be necessary for you to memorize lecture material, you must start your preparation weeks before the exam.
            Memorization takes repetition.
   5.    One way to study is to take a sheet of lined notebook paper and fold itlongitudinally in half. Go to your notes and begin
             extracting all possible questions and answers. You write the question on one side of the page, the answer at the fold. The
             result is a page of questions and answers. When you fold the paper, you see only the questions.
   6.    The next step is to give yourself an exam. Beside the folded questions you have a blank piece of paper. Read the first
             question and WRITE the answer on the blank sheet. If you don't know the answer, turn the folded paper around and
             look at the answer. Then WRITE the answer several times to write it in your mind. Then go to the next question and do
             the same thing.
   7.    At the beginning, you will know few answers.If you keep repeating this procedure, quizzing yourself and writing the
             answers, you will gradually learn all the material. The essential key to this technique is WRITING the answers.
   8.    If you use this technique of extracting questions and writing answers, and you spend the time to learn the material, you
             will do well.
   9.    Form a study group with other students.