2011 How to Study for Biochemistry Daily

2011 How to Study for Biochemistry Daily - How to Study for...

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How to Study for Biochemistry (or any other course in PharmD Program) Daily Adapted from excellent webpage at: www.pharmacy.purdue.edu/~mcmp304/HowToStudyDaily.shtml Lectures in MCMP 304 are prepared and presented assuming that students will have already read about the topic and studied it before hearing the lecture. It is extremely important that the students not get their first exposure to the majority of the course material during lecture presentation. Also, students should never study before lecture from the lecture slides that are provided for note taking. Reasons for doing the assigned readings The textbook provides a different explanation of the material than is presented in lecture. Hearing the same thing explained in two different ways (by two different people) is far better for understanding than only hearing one version of the explanation. To be effective, your reading must be thoughtful and deep. By deep, it is meant that you should be letting the reading trigger thoughts of all sort s of related things and all sorts of questions: Why? Why not? What else? This can’t be true because… etc. When reading before lecture it is particularly important to note anything that confuses you or any question you have and cannot answer from the reading alone. These are what you will be listening most carefully for during lecture. In this way, the lecture and readings are synergistic. Also when reading before lecture, it’s a good idea to look at the learning objectives and find where these are described in the reading and pay particularly close attention to whether or not you understand them from the reading or if you need additional clarification. Some excuses often given for not reading the textbook, and why those excuses are not valid: 1. There’s not enough time to read it all.” MCP 304 covers 11 chapters, comprised of 456 page of the textbook, in 39 lectures. About half those pages are figures, tables of contents, references, and problems at the ends of the chapters. The remainder is about 230 pages of text to read, or about 6 pages per lecture. That should take about 40 to 60 minutes to read thoughtfully and deeply and take notes relative to the learning objectives. That’s about 39 hours in the entire semester, or just 3 hours per week. Since students are expected to study at least 3 hours for every lecture “hour” , the reading represents only 1/3 of that. Yes, the ratio of 3 means students taking 16 credit hours should study an average of 50 hours per week outside of class. The amount learned by students is directly related to the amount of effort put into learning. 2. The textbook is too expensive” New it may cost 192 or as little as $95 for the eBook. This can be used for two semesters, so the cost per course is really half of that. The cost
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