How to be a
Who doesn’t want to be a good student?
Really, how many off you wake up in the
morning, telling yourself, I hope I fall asleep
in class today and fail my biology test?
Whether you admit it or not, deep down you
want to succeed (but who would want to let
our friends and parents know that?). But
how can you succeed in your science class
while managing your school life,
extracurricular life, social life, love life, family
Let’s be honest with ourselves, we would
love to put school on the bottom of our list,
BUT by knowing how to be a successful
science student you could actually still keep
your life while getting good grades!
How to be Successful in Science
1. Take Good Notes
2. Be Organized
4. Eat Well
Take Good Notes with C-notes
• Aka Cornell Notes, after Cornell University
– So in other words, it was developed by people who
know what they’re talking about
– Put to the test, students who take notes using C-notes
or a similar set of notes comprehend material and
perform better on tests than students who do not take
• Why are they good?
– Yes it may be a bit of writing, but note taking actually
helps you remember and comprehend the material
– C-notes are organized and always located in a binder;
don’t have to worry about biology notes being in your
history book or crumbled in the bottom of your
What does the format look like?
• A - Topic, date page #
• B – Review Questions or
Concept Questions that
can be answered by
• C – Notes from the
lecture; short and sweet
• D – Brief summary of
info covered on the page
9/16/07 Parts of a Cell 1
• Organelle • A part of a cell that has a specific
• What is the role of • Nucleus- the “brain” of the cell;
the nucleus? contains genetic material; controls
• What does the • Mitochondria- the “powerhouse” of
mitochondria do? the cell; makes E for the cell’s rxns
Summary: Each Organelle in a cell has a specific function.
If a cell is missing one of these organelles, it would not
function properly. The nucleus contains genetic material and
the mitochondria makes energy for the cell.
Remember these Note-taking tips:
• Record- record the lecture using short and
concise notes. Use abbreviations, symbols, or
shorthand whenever possible. Don’t write
everything down word-for-word…your hand will
• Questions- either during class or shortly after
formulate and write down the review questions
and concept words that go in the left column
• Recite- Cover the notes column with paper.
Looking at the questions column, answer the
questions in your own words
• Reflect- reflect on the material by asking
– What’s the significance of these facts?
– How can I apply them?
– How do they fit in with what I already know?
– What’s beyond them?
• Review- spend at least 15 minutes every
week reviewing all of your notes for a
Be an Organized Science Student
• Science papers go in a Science binder,
not your history book or at the bottom of
– Have a binder specifically for Science, in
– Organize your binder in a way that works for
you! (Otherwise it will be more difficult to
keep up with)
– Keep materials in order…makes
it much easier to find something
– Keep up with it
• Being organized with your time is
– Record your assignments in a assignment
• Write down the due date so you can prioritize your
– Make a written checklist of things to do:
Biology homework; read for English; call
Stacy; work at Chick-fil-A; etc, etc,
• Decide what must be done immediately,
within the next few days, etc.
• Approximate how much time you can
spend on each task
–Let’s say you have a Biology worksheet
and Spanish vocab sheet both due
tomorrow, a History test tomorrow, and
an English paper due in three days. You
would also like to text your friends and
watch Gray’s Anatomy. YIKES! That’s
• Biology worksheet- Due tomorrow
– 20 minutes
• Spanish Vocab- Due tomorrow
– 30 minutes
• History Test- Tomorrow
– 1 hour (you should have also studied a few days prior
• English Paper- Due in three days
– Type one page or up to 1 hour
• Gray’s Anatomy- NOT A TOP PRIORITY!
– 1 hour
• Text Friends- NOT A TOP PRIORITY!
– While watching Gray’s or in between study breaks
Ms. Renner’s Top 10 Time
Management Tips for a Successful
1. Make a "To Do" List Every Day.
2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely.
3. It's Okay to Say "No."
4. Find the Right Time.
5. Review Your Notes Every Day.
6. Get a Good Night's Sleep.
7. Communicate Your Schedule to Others.
8. Become a Taskmaster.
9. Don't Waste Time Agonizing.
10. Keep Things in Perspective.
• A science textbook has more new words in
it than a foreign language text book
• Studying science can be very difficult due
to new, unfamiliar words and hard-to-
– We tend to have difficulty
understanding things that
we can’t see for ourselves…
like cell division, photosynthesis,
and cellular respiration
• If you know how to use good study and
homework skills, you will complete your
homework and test studying quicker,
retain the information better, and give
yourself more free time
So what can you do?
Set the Mood
• No, I’m not talking about setting the mood for a romantic
evening with your latest crush
• Create a good study area with all the stuff you need (for
example, your science book and binder).
• If you don't have a quiet place at home, try the school or
• Some people need background noise to help them
study. Try classical music. (When you listen to music
you know and can sing along to, you tend to do more
singing and less studying)
Know Where to Begin
• Make a prioritized list of everything you
need to do, so you can't use "I don't know
where to start" as an excuse.
– Start with what is due the next day
– Remember that you study
certain subjects better during
certain times of the day
• Just don't over-schedule
yourself. Without some
flexibility, you'll set
yourself up to fail.
Study at the Same Time Every Day
• Even if you don't have homework, use the
time to review notes. If homework is
something you accept as part of your day,
you'll approach it with less dread. Plus,
you'll become a pro at using time
– This doesn’t mean you have to spend as
much time studying/reviewing
as if you had a lot of homework.
Keep Things in Perspective
• Know how much weight each assignment
or test carries, and use your time
• If your biology, English, and German
homework are likely to be daily homework
grades, but your history
project due tomorrow is
worth 100 pts, how should
you spend your time?
Get More Involved
• Ever feel like you can't stay awake to read
something, let alone process it? Keep your mind
from wandering by taking notes, underlining
sections, discussing topics with others, or
relating your homework to something you're
studying in another class.
• Trying to read late at night when you’re tired will
also cause you to fall asleep and not process
Organize the Information
• People process information in different
• Draw pictures or charts to digest
• Read out loud or make detailed outlines..
Take Advantage of Any Free Time
• If you have a study hall, a long bus ride, or
you’re waiting after school for your ride to
come, use the time to review notes, prepare
for an upcoming class, or start your
brought my Bio
What are some ways you study for
• Make flash cards of vocab words
• Use C-notes and cover up the notes
column. Read the Review questions and
see if you can answer them without
looking at the information.
Process of plants
Photosynthesis using CO2 and
sunlight to make
• Make a concept map to connect the
Study with a Friend or Study Group
• Have you ever noticed that when you explain
something you've learned in class to a friend,
you begin to understand it better yourself? This
happens because when you explain, or teach,
an idea, you need to actively think it through.
And by thinking more deeply about what you've
learned and then explaining
it to someone else, you
begin to understand it
Benefits of a Study Group
• Two heads are better than one: Think out loud,
share ideas, learn from one another
• Quiz each other, and predict test questions.
• Good for understanding complicated ideas
• Note-taking reinforcement, compare notes
• Sharing talents
• Support system
Study Group Guidelines
• How Many? 4-6 people
• Who? People who have an interest in doing
well. People who stay alert in class, take notes,
asks questions and answers questions in class.
Someone who understands the material better
than you, someone who understands less than
• How long? 2-3 hours, with 10 minute breaks
once an hour.
• When? Set a regular schedule; at least two
days before a test.
Get the Most out of Studying
• Know your objectives
• Be prepared
• Take turns teaching
• Stay on task
Celebrate your achievements!
• Reward yourself for studying hard or doing
well on a test or project.
– do something you like to do for fun
• Better yet work out a deal with the ‘rents.
– For example for every “A” you get on a test or
progress report, maybe you get some $$.
– Or if they see you working hard,
maybe they’ll buy you that
Tony Hawk video game
you’ve been wanting.
You are what you Eat!
Studies show that:
• Nutrition is related to physical well-being, growth and
development, readiness to learn, and risk of disease.
• Young persons who have unhealthy eating habits tend to
maintain these habits as they age.
• Diet-related diseases include heart disease, some types
of cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure,
obesity, and osteoporosis.
• Even moderate undernutrition can have lasting effects
on your growth, development, and school performance.
• Some students have problems with overnutrition. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that
5.3 million young people aged 6-17 years are overweight
• Regular physical activity promotes psychological well-
being and long-term health benefits.
• Hungry, malnourished students have a
harder time focusing on basic core
subjects. Poor nutrition, combined with a
lack of physical activity, can affect one’s
What’s the big deal about
Studies show that students who eat breakfast:
• Have higher test scores
• Concentrate better
• Are more creative
• Have fewer absences
• Get in fewer fights
• Cooperate better with classmates
• Get done with work faster, with fewer errors
Good Eating Habits + Physical
Activity = Academic Success
• What are some healthy and nutritious
– What if you’re on the go? How can you still
• What are some healthy and nutritious
• What are some good snacks to eat
• Healthy eating optimizes growth
• Healthy eating prevents chronic disease
– 15% of adolescents are overweight
• Rate has tripled over past 20 years!!
• Healthy eating habits directly relate to high