So, do you own a Biology Dictionary? If not, you should consider investing in one.A Biology Dictionary is indispensable to the serious student who wants to earn the highest grade or even be at top of his or her class.
Invest in an excellent dictionary - preferably a pocket-sized one - and always keep it in your book bag, and near you when you study. Some students gravitate to illustrated dictionaries; these are fantastic for revision, or just learning. Still, there are e-book versions which you can view on your e-book reader or phone. And, of course there are online dictionaries.
Choosing a Biology Dictionary
What should you look for when choosing a Biology Dictionary? Ask the following questions:
1. Which level of Biology is it suitable for? Definitions can be complex if pitched above your level. Most dictionaries are advertised as suitable for both secondary or high school students and college majors and have concrete definitions written in accessible language.
2. Is it for a General Course? . At this stage you have little use for a Biochemistry or Taxonomy Dictionary. Not only would the terms you encounter in your course, not likely be included, but the language requires a substantial scientific background and is likely beyond your reach.
3. Does it have cross referencing? Your learning experience will be more complete if related or synonymous information is brought to your attention. Cross referencing will enable you to use your dictionary effectively.4. Are pronunciations included? . It is of paramount importance to get your pronunciations right. Knowing the correct pronunciations boosts your confidence and allows you communicate clearly with other biologists.
5. Does it have the etymological origins of words? In other words, does it make reference to the Greek and Latin Root Words , prefixes and suffixes so that you understand how a word was derived? Performing structural analysis on term, even as you learn its definition will help you memorize it better.
6. Does it contain diagrams , tables, graphs to elucidate the meaning of an entry and to help you commit it to memory?
7. Does it contain other useful appendices such as SI units, prefixes and conversions, lists of amino acids, etc?
Use Your Biology Dictionary Effectively
Your Biology Dictionary is both a learning tool and resource; it is critical to your success.Do you know how to use it effectively?
Read through the suggestions below to discover how...
1. As you actively read your text book, journal article or lecture notes, search for the definitions of the new words you meet in your dictionary. Definitions may also be found within the text, or in the margins of textbooks. A glossary at the end of the textbook is of tremendous help.
2. Create a word list as you read as well, jotting down the definitions alongside the words. Keep a notepad for that purpose.
3. Review the article so that you can integrate your understanding of these terms with the overall article. Clarify definitions by making reference to your word list.
4. Test yourself on these words later, for spelling and your recall of the definitions.
5. On occasion, whilst on the bus, train, or waiting, pull out your dictionary and enjoy the read! It is a great way to discover new concepts acquire new vocabulary.