Tutor profile: Laura H.
Subject: Study Skills
My microbiology professor teaches with lectures slides. We also have a textbook that we should study. I have a hard time understanding and remembering specific processes in microbiology, such as the TCA cycle of respiration. How can I better study for his exams?
My top two recommendations are to INCREASE YOUR AMOUNT OF CONTACT with the material and to VARY THE TYPES OF CONTACT you have with the material. First, increase amount of contact with the material. During the lecture, take notes, preferably on paper. You may not be able to write down everything the professor says. After lecture, re-read and complete your notes. Each week, read your textbook and add any information to your notes that helps you better understand the material. You now have several points of contact with the notes: 1) In lecture, 2) written down in your notes, 3) Re-read after class, and 4) read in your textbook and added to your notes. Every time you review the material, your brain remembers it better. Second, vary the types of contact you have with the material. The more ways you come in contact with the material, the more connections your brain is able to make to it. First, listening to the professor's lecture exposes you to the material. Then, writing down points from the lecture gives the material a physical, tangible quality for you to remember. Re-reading the notes and adding material from the textbook both give a visual dimension to the material. To study the material, draw out processes like the TCA cycle into diagrams and pictures. Using colors will help your brain remember the material better. Finally, once you have come to grasp the material well, teach something or someone your notes. This can be done in front of a mirror, to a friend, or discussed within a group of classmates. This is the true test of your knowledge, and helps you learn to put the material in your own words. So, by the end of this method, you should have at least 4 different points of contact with the notes, each one making a stronger connection in your brain. Additionally, you should have 4 variations of contact with the material. Each way uses a different area of your brain and helps you understand the material better as a whole. If you study consistently like this, you should see a significant improvement in the way you understanding and remember the material.
Read the following poem and answer the question: What is the relationship of line 14 to line 1? "Since There's No Help" 1 Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part; 2 Nay, I have done, you get no more of me, 3 And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart 4 That thus so cleanly I myself can free; 5 Shake hands forever, cancel all our vows, 6 And when we meet at any time again, 7 Be it not seen in either of our brows 8 That we one jot of former love retain. 9 Now, at the last gasp of Love’s latest breath, 10 When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies, 11 When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death, 12 And Innocence is closing up his eyes, 13 Now, if thou wouldst, when all have given him over, 14 From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.
The relationship of line 14 to line 1 is one of suggested reversal. Line 1 suggests that Love's opportunity is completely gone, and it is time for lovers to say goodbye forever. Line 14, on the other hand, suggests that Love's death may provide a new opportunity for Love to live again.
Subject: Basic Chemistry
A sample of gas occupies 150.0 mL at 25 ̊C. What is its volume when the temperature is increased to 50. ̊C? (Pressure and number of particles are constant).
Answer: The ending volume is 163 mL. First, convert temperature in degrees Celsius to Kelvin. 25 ̊C + 273 = 298K 50. ̊C + 273 = 323K Next, set up a proportion. As temperature increases, volume increases proportionally. 298K/323K = 150 mL/? Solve the proportion. The answer is 163 mL.
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