Physics and chemistry syllabus for NEET is a question of how much IQ you have as even after learning the same formula, one must be able to solve the problem and the other won’t. But don’t object biology because there is less chance of application here.
The skill of recollecting things is a great asset for every doctor who needs to retain the names, uses, and side-effects of hundreds of medicines or compounds. So it is understandable that only students who have reasonable powers of retention are permissible to get through.
1. Give time
When you just enter the large biology syllabus in class 11 after your easy and small syllabus in class 10, many of you are bound to feel lost and de-motivated. In a matter of months, the size of the chapters get at least thrice vast than from class 10 chapters and completing even a single chapter seems to take forever. Read a topic, memorize it, close your book and try to write down everything you remember. In the start, you won’t remember much and this practice will seem to be highly tiring and frustrating but within weeks you will start to see the difference. You will be able to write more and more without referring to the book. It will take more time for you to finish the whole chapter, but you will remember the things for a longer period.
2. Draw charts and tables
Apart from just doing writing practice, also draw charts and tables to summarize several pages to a single table which you can glance in one go. For instance, while learning animal kingdom create separate columns for different classes. Note down the special characteristics in one or two words that suit you. Make the charts as short and yet informative as possible. Avoid copying these charts from somewhere else. You must know which keywords help you remember what. Try to write down as many common examples of each of them at the end of these columns as possible.
Also, keep some space under the table to write down the exceptions. Exceptions are usually present in biology. So at the time you study the normal ones, you study the exceptions too. This way the questions which will be ‘exceptional’ for others will be common for you.
Try to use mnemonics wherever you are having an issue remembering a series or a specific set of things. It is not important that you will have to use a common mnemonic. Be innovative and make your own mnemonics, in your own language or anything. The mnemonic doesn’t matter till it serves its point. Below we are giving some examples of common ones.
King Phillip Came Over From Great Spain is the mnemonic for the kingdom -phylum – Class – Order- Family – Genus -Species
Amino Acids: The ten essential amino acids:-
“These Ten Valuable Amino Acids Have Long Preserved Life In Man- Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Methionine
Hbsisn’t Very Good At the Sixth position of HB beta chain, Valine is present instead of Glutamic acid.
“Pyrimidines are CUT from purines.” Pyrimidines are Cytosine, Uracil, Thiamine and are one ring structures. Purines are double ring structures.
4. Attach memory tags
These are a little different from mnemonics. These are memories of certain incidents or comments that we can link to something that we study so that when we remember those memories, the studies flashes back to our mind too.
Have you ever thought that why you can remember a scene from a movie that you have seen only once a few months ago whereas you can’t remember what you studied yesterday? Maybe your brain can keep things that seem interesting to you more than what seems boring to other people. So try to attach a funny word or a memory to a hard thing that you are finding not at all easy to remember.
For example, your teacher might have made a comment while teaching a topic. Try connecting that comment while studying. You might someday forget the topic but you will always remember the comment. In a similar way, you can remember the text also.
Lastly, to remember biology revision and repetition is the only key left. Without adequate revision, you will surely forget the mnemonic itself. Revise the chapters from time to time. Try to revise the most important chapters atleast once in a month.
Many students remain confident thinking that they have finished their preparation for the exam. But they forget the answers in the examination hall. To prevent such tragedy you need to revise again and again. With each revision, you will need less and less time to finish the chapter. And remember the last week before the exam is very crucial. Try revising at a fast pace and do focus on the NEET-biology- entire biology syllabus once atleast in the last 7 days so that your memories remain active and at your fingertip during the examination.