Studying for Science Laboratory courses

Spend lots of time with the models. Handle them while repeating the names of the structures. Recite functions of structure. Do everything with your hands and voice.

Some suggestions:

Identify structures that are important from lab workbook or manual;

Laboratory study has much more "doing" than lecture studying:

      study by handling the physical structures and stating their name, over and over.

      study by making flash cards with pictures;

     study by drawing cells, tissues and structures-this is especially true of histology slides;

Make practice practical quizzes and exams,  and test yourself;

      make the questions focus on STRUCTURE, LOCATION, FUNCTION;

      point to a structure and ask questions to your study partners;

      practice writng answers that are complete, accurate and clear.

      Read questions VERY carefully. Note differences between "atom", "molecule", "cell", "tissue", "phase", "organelle", "organ", etc.

Recite infomation to the instructor to make sure that your knowledge is accurate, clear and complete;

Laboratory science courses may require more physical studying then science lecture courses but it is often more enjoyable in a group!

Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
1/2009


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