Shaynay1997
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I'm doing a foundation degree in life sciences before I go on to do a degree in medical science, however I need to pass this course at a level of 60% but at the moment my grade is at 57% mostly because I failed the first biology exam (anything under 40% is a fail and I got 34) and I got a poor score in my academic skills report just 44% and I recently did two exams biology and chemistry but when I opened the paper I went blank and didn't know the answers. I just don't get it, I always pay attention in lectures and write everything down and I spend all my free time reading up on things I don't understand and I am going to all of the extra classes but I'm getting nothing positive about it. I can do a different degree with a 40% pass but there's nothing else I want to do other than medical science and if I can't do that there's nothing left. Full time work would depress the hell out of me because I wouldn't be doing what I want to do.
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I have had several students who actually hated biology initially, but within 10-12 hours of help from me, began loving the subject and therefore doing very well - it's a question of how you approach it - might sound hard, but don't look at it as a thick book to memorize; learn to derive facts from everyday items.e.g. compare the internal environment of the human body to a room in your house

Keep it simple: in a room, take an object, say you have ten apples - how can that no. of apples change? work it out: the no of apples can decrease ONLY if (a) you eat (get rid of) one or two, [or 3, if you are fit like me!! - make biology fun, too] b) you buy less extra ones OR c) you throw some out of the window [mum won't be too happy if you do that!] - there are NO OTHER WAYS in which the no of apples can decrease! - Right?

SAME WAY: Biology Q: How can you get anaemia (= low haemoglobin [Hb] in the blood)? OK - (a). Like apples being eaten, something destroys the Hb = haemolytic (heam = blood; lysis = breakdown) anaemia e.g. in malaria, the parasite enters erythrocytes (red blood cells [eryth = red; cyto = cell]) and makes them burst.(b) Like less apples being bought, less Hb might be produced (brought in) = aplastic anaemia = less Hb produced in the bone marrow of long bones [e.g.femur] e.g. some medicines can have this side effect e.g. phenylbutazone [banned some years ago] for epilepsy.(c) like losing apples out of window, Hb lost out of body = anaemia due to blood loss out of body e. g. EXTERNAL: after severe injury or INTERNAL: bleeding gastric (=of stomach) ulcer.

SEE: easy peasy, lemon squeezy ONLY three main types of anaemia! And you worked out all 3!

Also use association (cross-linking facts from different parts of the syllabus) and Greek roots - so so interesting (so fun, as you youngsters say!): we said above lysis = breakdown: - THINK where else have you heard this syllable? YES correct: lysosome in cell, yeah? Why is it called lysosome? Because it lyses (breaks down, makes sense?) waste e.g. phagocytosed (phago = swallow, take in) bacteria in leucocytes (leuco = white; cyto = cell therefore white cells).

EXAMS: KEEP ANSWERS SHORT and EXACTLY TO THE POINT: KEEP IT SIMPLE! BEST of Luck!!
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Shaynay1997

Hi there after 4 years! I answered your Q in detail above, but never heard from you - looks like you do not visit TSR much!

Are you doing your dream course "Medical Science" now?

Just thought I'd catch up with your progress.

Best of luck & be safe!
M.
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