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Hello Everybody, I have been tutoring a student in a General Biology course over the last few days and I've been thinking about how our Biology Lab tests are set up. I think that very few people would argue that no test is perfect and making a test that can actually measure how much you've learned is incredibly hard; but there are a few things that I think need to change. First and foremost is that memorizing the names of individual species seems like a waste of time. I know there are a lot of professors that would disagree, but we have to remember; in "General Biology," we are teaching to "Non-Majors." Forcing them to memorize a species name will do them no good, they will only forget it a day after the test. Instead, we should use individual species that display the common characteristics of the group to which they belong. This way you can use the specimens you have, and the student may actually remember something about a general group of organisms... read more

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