Thy T.’s Answer
I think the most effective way to improve your biology is to have a one-on-one session with a biology teacher / tutor. The first step must be determining where you're at right now and what knowledge you're missing.
Then you need to find out what learning style work best for you (see this link https://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/education/blog/types-of-learning-styles/). It's also important to remember that you don't need to stick with one learning style. You can change styles or combine 2 styles as long as it works for you. For example, you can start by reading about mitosis. If you still don't understand the whole process of mitosis, you can watch a video on mitosis.
I was a tutor for college students for almost two years and have a bachelor in biology. One of the most important things that I realized during these years is that complex concepts can be made simpler if the students change the way they approach the concepts or if the teachers change the way they deliver them.
One last piece of advice I want to give you is to always start with the basics. Every scientific subject - biology, chemistry, physic, etc. - is built on the basics. Understanding the basics would make science a lot easier to learn. So go back and learn the basics first if you need to.
I hope this helps you improve your biology and future education. Feel free to reach out to me if you need more advice
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I think the most important thing is to remember that while some things may pose obstacles to you at times, you are in charge of your success and as long as you have the ambition and passion, you will do well and find a way to achieve your goals, even if you have to alter some details on the way because that's the nature of everyone's personal journey. Don't dismiss biology or think you can't do it just because you're having some difficulty right now-- you may end up liking it better in the future or have a class that helps you realize just how good you actually are. I have friends who completely swore off anything science or math-related as career paths up until they got to college, where these subjects have become their favorite and their strong suits. What usually helps me when I'm discouraged is to not focus on the difficult journey to a destination, but rather why I want to reach that destination and the strengths that I do have to contribute. As long as you have passion for a goal and willingness to learn/sacrifice some of your time to accomplish that goal, you are suited for that. When you feel hopeless and want to change your course of action, stop and reflect on why you wanted to go into medicine in the first place.
However, because of the anxieties that the journey to our goals often cause (and the application process to medical school/graduate school often poses a lot of anxiety), it's good to have a back-up plan to give yourself some peace of mind. This will help you do better in general, both emotionally and academically, because you feel like you have some certainty in your life. Talking to other students that have gotten into medical school and even other people you know who are in a graduate program can help you understand how many roads you can take to reach the same destination, or perhaps help you understand other journeys you would like to take that you haven't thought of before. I know from having a brother in medical school how many experiences he and his peers had and how unique they were from one another. He has friends that started out as engineers that are now with him in medical school, and even some English majors. I know there are endless amount of research programs people can apply to in order to add some competitive edge in the medical school application process, and that some medical schools offer masters programs that really help them get prepared for applying to the MD program or help them enter something else they enjoy even better. You should look into every program each medical school has to offer: masters, MD, PhD, and everything else, and then also think of other ways you can advance your career path in the meantime during your application process/journey to medical school.
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If you truly determined and passionate about medicine, do not let tough subject discourage from that career path because there is always a way to improve in those subjects. You should consider getting a tutor for the subject, talk to your teacher about what you are not understanding and try putting more effort in studying those subjects you are not understanding such as watching youtube videos on those topics. Biology tends to be very memorization heavy and in medical you will need to memorize a ton of information so it good to start learning different study techniques that can help you memorize information.
-get a tutor
-take fewer hours so you can devote more time to biology
-audit the class once, so you can get a handle on the information then take the course for a grade
I've found it helpful for people to first identify their 'core' makeup. Strength's Finder, from Gallup, as an example, really helps people find where they naturally gravitate. Emotional Intelligence is another self-analytic tool that's very helpful. Point being, there are many areas of medicine you may find rely on your core strength or emotional competencies. You do not have to be an expert in one area to be highly effective at another. My wife is an orthopedic surgeon, yet she is the first person to recommend a sub-specialist if a patient presents a complication best suited for another's primary focus. Biology, while seemingly important, is but one small facet under the medical umbrella. The "what should I do" question is very broad. What do you want to do, and why? What would allow you to utilize what you are best at (strengths) in the medical field? The more you know about yourself, and what drives your interests, the better. If you know you are not overly suited for biology, great job identifying a limitation. The challenge is equally knowing what you excel in and pushing forward.
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Jemima A.’s Answer
Biology is actually a vital requirement to earn excellent grades while studying medicine.
Speaking from experience as a Nigerian too, Medicine isn't gotten to study at a platter of gold. This is why I am happy you want to improve on your biology knowledge
In addition to Thy and Laura's suggestions, Things you could do are:
- have more study hours
- watch YouTube or online videos
- have a tutor that could explain excellently to you
- have a reading group consisting of people that are above you knowledge wise
- attend classes and be determined that you can do it.
My guess is that in school you're not getting the grades you wish you got. If something like that is happening, know that the test is not a true measure of your capacity to learn, it's only an assessment of what you have learned at this point in time.
I suggest you look into improving the way that you study. Take your time understanding the concepts, verbalizing them, and memorizing as little as possible. Once you have gone through the concepts slowly, you should record yourself outloud explain these very concepts as if you were teaching them to someone else. Listen to these and look at the concepts and consider: what are you missing, is there a better way of explaining it, how does this relate to other concepts that you are taught.
If you need more help on this try looking for those Biology concepts in Khan Academy, they have a lot of very useful resources.
Hope this helps!
I know many doctors whose undergraduate work are not in any of the basic science. One of them is in political science.
Best of luck!
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