How to Review for a Microbiology Test


If you are taking a microbiology course and are having a difficult time studying, you are not alone. Microbiology is a huge subject that looks at tiny organisms, known as microorganisms, including bacteria, genes, viruses and the immune system. Due to the large amount of material in this class, studying can be somewhat difficult. It is important to break the material down into portions that you can manage and to give yourself enough time to properly prepare for an exam.

Things You'll Need

  • Index cards
  • Text book
  • Attend your microbiology class, participate and take notes. While this happens before the actual review process, it is an important step in having the materials and knowledge that you need to successfully review for your test. Don't forget to ask your professor questions about areas that you do not understand.

  • Go to any review sessions that your professor or teaching assistant holds for the exam. Ask questions and take notes, as you might get information that is taken directly from the test.

  • Ask other students in your class if they are interested in forming a study group to review the information for the test. Meet with interested students and review the chapters together. Ask each other questions to further understand places where your knowledge is lacking.

  • Make flash cards with important microbiology terminology on them. Go over these flash cards a few times daily anywhere from one to two weeks prior to the exam.

  • Review any information that you learned in your microbiology labs. Microbiology does not simply cover facts, as it is more comprehensive than that, so you need to try to understand the concepts and logic behind the experiments and conclusions.

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