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BIOLOGY EOC STUDY GUIDE This study guide is designed to help students prepare to take the Biology End-Of-Course Test. This study guide contains tips on how to prepare for the test and some strategies students might use to perform their best during the test. STUDY TOOLS AND RESOURCES It is critical that when studying, students have the appropriate environment that fosters and supports positive study habits. Listed below are some suggested study tools and resour
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  BIOLOGY EOC STUDY GUIDE This study guide is designed to help students prepare to take the Biology End-Of-Course Test. This study guide contains tips on how to prepare for the test and some strategies students might use to perform their best during the test. STUDY TOOLS AND RESOURCES It is critical that when studying, students have the appropriate environment that fosters and supports positive study habits. Listed below are some suggested study tools and resources that students might consider when preparing for the EOC, during class or independently. SUGGESTED STEPS FOR USING THE STUDY GUIDE Become familiar with the design of the study guide. Recognize the purpose of the study guide. Take a few minutes to browse through the study guide before studying. Find out what the EOC is and how you are expected to perform in order to be considered proficient in Biology. Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.fldoe.org/faq/default.asp?Dept=179&Cat=125 Improve your study skills and test-taking strategies. Get involved in a study group. Visit a study support website: http://www.how-to-study.com/ . Identify what the test will assess. For more information: http://fcat.fldoe.org/eoc/pdf/BiologyFL11Sp.pdf  Take a Mock EOC. Check your answers to see how well you did. Try to identify where you need to study more and what areas you might need to ask for further assistance from your teacher.   STUDY TOOLS AND RESOURCES STUDY SPACE: -Comfortable, Good lighting, Minimal Distraction, Work Area TIME COMMITMENT: -When? How long? How often? RESOURCES: -Dictionary, Textbook, Teacher, Tutor, Study Partner, Notebook, Computer MATERIALS: -Study Guide, Pen or Pencil, Highlighter, Paper, Notebook  DESIGN OF THE BIOLOGY EOC   Administration Dates: ____________________________________________________________________  Administration Time: ____________________________________________________________________ PREPARING FOR THE EOC NOTE: Preparing for the Biology EOC test will take time, effort, and practice. You cannot prepare for the Biology EOC test in one night! In order to do your best on the Biology EOC test, it is critical that you take the time to prepare and develop study skills. First, you need to make sure that your classroom experiences and study time are used efficiently and productively. Second, it is most helpful to know some general test-taking strategies to ensure that you will achieve the best score. Here are some important questions to ask yourself when developing your study skills. Your answers may help you define some areas in which you need to make some improvements. Study skills can actually be divided into separate target areas: time management, organization, and active participation. Use these suggestions to help you improve your study skills and your study environment. 1. How would you describe yourself as a student? 2. What are your study skills strengths and/or weaknesses as a student? What methods help you the most? 3. How do you typically prepare for a biology test? 4. Compare an ideal study situation (environment) to your actual study environment. 5. What can you change about the way you study to make your study time more  productive?    TIME MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Do you have a plan for studying? Without a plan, many students don’t meet their goals. Here are some strategies to consider when developing a study plan.  Are you organized? Do you have a  place to study and do you have the materials and resources you need to study? Get organized and  prepared! What is active studying? It can be anything that gets you to interact with the materials you are studying.  Active studying allows you to stay more alert and be more productive while learning new information. -   Set realistic goals for each study session -   Chart your progress -   Study for a reasonable amount of time (cramming is not recommended) -   Take frequent breaks -   Be consistent –  establish a routine -   Study the most challenging content FIRST -   Build in review time at the end of each study session -   Evaluate your accomplishments -   Reward yourself -   Establish a study area that has minimal distraction -   Gather your materials in advance; keep them ready for each study session -   Develop a study plan and follow it consistently -   Find a way to access the necessary resources (i.e., computer) -   Carefully read the information and then DO something with it -   Mark important points with a highlighter, circle them with a red pen, write notes on them, or summarize in your own  words, read out loud -    Ask questions; write them down and actively seek answers -   Create sample test questions and answer them -   Find a friend who is also preparing for the same test and quiz one another TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES There are many test-taking strategies that you can use before and during a test to help you have the most successful testing situation possible. Here are some questions to help you take a look at your test-taking skills. 1. How would you describe your test-taking skills? List the strategies that you already know and use when you are taking a test. 2. How do you feel when you are taking a test? List test-taking behaviors you use when  preparing for and taking a test that do not contribute to (but distract from) your success. 3. What would you like to learn about taking tests?  SUGGESTED STRATEGIES TO PREPARE FOR THE BIOLOGY EOC TEST There are some general strategies that you can use to prepare for any test, including the Biology EOC test. These strategies include: -   Pay attention to your daily / weekly grades in your science class. -   Focus on key factors: a.   In which areas of science are you successful? b.    What has kept you from achieving higher scores? c.    What would you change to allow you to achieve higher scores? -   Remove or minimize any obstacles that might prevent you from studying –  or focusing. -   Be prepared. -   Know what standards / skills are being assessed and then practice understanding and using those skills. -   Know the difference between reading   and skimming  ; you will need to read in detail first, skim later. -   Don’t wait until the last minute. Begin early and pace yourself.   Strategies to Use the Day efore  the Biology EOC Test Strategies to Use the Morning of the Biology EOC Test Strategies to Use During  the Biology EOC Test -   Review what you have learned from the study guide. -   Review general test-taking strategies. -   Review content-specific information that shows connections and relationships (lists, diagrams, graphic organizers, etc.). -   Focus attention on the areas that you are most in need of improving. -   Read  short summaries of each area to revitalize your memory. -   Get a good night’s sleep.  -   Eat a good breakfast (protein = long-lasting energy). -   Dress appropriately (dress comfortable and in layers; hot or cold extremes can affect  your performance). -    Arrive for the test on time. -   Skim  notes, text, vocabulary, and/or diagrams. -   Focus on the test. Block out  what is going on around you. Listen carefully to directions. -   Budget your time. Allocate time to work on each question. -   Take a quick break. Put your pencil down, take a deep breath, close your eyes –  one minute –  then resume. -   Practice positive self-thinking. -   Mark key ideas in your test booklet and come back to them. -   Read each question completely. Read answer choices completely. Follow the process of selection and elimination. -   Check your answers when you have finished the test.
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