Knowing how to approach the material is the first step in succeeding in a science course at Dartmouth. The amount of material covered, and the speed, at which it is covered, may seem overwhelming; but if you follow these guidelines, your stress level will decline as your success increases. There are three elements to succeeding in a science course: Lecture, Time Management, and Test Preparation
A. Attend every lecture.
- Everything you need to know will be covered in lectures.
- Go to lectures alert and awake.
- Write down everything you can. Anything is fair game on the exam.
- If you miss a lecture, get notes from at least 2 people.
B. Prepare for lectures.
- Read over the lecture outline before class. This will help you focus.
- Skim the reading that corresponds to the lecture outline.
C. Find a "Note Buddy".
- Photocopy and swap your notes with someone after class every day.
- Meet once a week and teach each other the notes.
II. Time Management
A. Start early
- Use the first 2 weeks of the term. Don't start snowballing.
- Start studying for your next exam 2 days after your first one.
B. Set deadlines
- Make a term calendar.
- Set new deadlines. Have all your studying done 2 days prior to the exam. This gives you 2 days to review.
C. Find your "Bio Hour".
- Spend an hour a day reviewing your notes; make it part of your daily routine.
- Three 20 minute sessions throughout the day
- 40 minutes reviewing notes, 20 minutes preparing for lectures.
III. Test Preparation
A. Condense the material.
- Make flash cards over your notes.
- Write out answers to your cards.
B. Reading should be supplementary.
- Use the reading to supplement all concepts covered in class.
- Know all the figures that relate to the lecture.
C. Apply the material.
- As you study, think of applications of the material.
- Use old exams as guides to applying the material.