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Unformatted text preview: Blaine Caughron Spring 2009 BIO 206L Midterm Review Thingy DISCLAIMER: Unfortunately, I do not have anything to do with the exam. I dont have any say in what is on it, Im not told what will be on it, and I havent seen it. (This is true for all the other assistants and TAs as well.) Therefore, I cannot tell you how to direct your study time with 100% confidence. The only wisdom or knowledge I have about the exam is when I took it myself. This review is simply a collection of tips and a loose guide to what is important and what I think you should know in order to do well on the exam. Exam Structure:-90 MC; 30-40 of them over a picture or slide shown during the test (placed what seems randomly in the test) -Labs 1-7 (every lab started before spring break)-90 minutes -Scantron, not CPS-You will start out answering the questions that do not require looking at a slide. About 20 minutes in, he will start to show the pictures. This first time through, he will go slowly (a little under 60 seconds need an answer to fall back on if you miss it or start double-guessing yourself. per picture). After that, he will set it on a loop to show each slide for about 10 seconds each for the rest of the exam. My advice: answer every picture question on the first time through , even if youre not sure of your answer. Your gut response is typically right. You can always double check a picture when he goes through it quickly, but you General comments and ways to study: You need to have an idea of what you did, why you did it, and what you were supposed to observe, understand or realize for every single lab. People, its multiple choice. As long as you have participated and been aware of what you were doing in lab, and studied the lab manual, you should be able to get the correct answer, its right in front of you. Quote from Dr. Allen (the professor that wrote the test): the questions will be very lab based. This emphasizes the bold statement I made at the beginning of this paragraph. Its very important to know what you did IN LAB. Broad things you should do to prepare: (in no particular order)-Know the answers to every single possible quiz question (Ill bet you money you will see multiple quiz questions on the exam, and youll have a better grasp of each lab if you know all these answers)-Know the answers to all of your results and analysis questions-There are objectives and principles sections at the beginning of each lab, those are good focus points for your studying-Read your lab manual for the first 7 labs again (takes lots of time, big reward)-If you scan the background information in the lab manual, youll notice that there are questions within the information. These questions are supposed to make you think and he likes to draw on the concepts in those embedded questions. You might also find these in the procedures of your lab....
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- Spring '09
- Bacteria, Escherichia coli, plasmid lab