The Biology Regents – Analyzing Charts

[ad_1] Of the 80 questions on the Biology Regents, every year approximately ten are based on accompanying charts or tables. Of all the questions on the Exam, none place greater stress on reasoning and less on memorization than these. Most of these questions ask you to predict the outcome of the data listed in the chart by applying your understanding of one or more scientific principles. Within this group, there is usually a sequence of as many as four questions relating to a single table containing data. All of these questions test your ability to draw an appropriate graph and interpret it. But, the Regents divides what might have been one or two questions into four: one for labeling an axis of the graph and choosing the appropriate scale, one for linking the data points, one for choosing the correct interpretation of the data. No knowledge of any scientific principles Read More …

The Biology of Inspiration

[ad_1] While I hold a vision of a wholesome future, we are currently confronted with a crisis of global proportions. Scientists have determined that Earth’s biosphere is in the throes of experiencing its sixth mass extinction. Five previous mass extinctions, each of which almost wiped out life on the planet, are attributed to extraterrestrial forces such as comets or asteroids hitting the earth. The current extinction is driven by forces much closer to home, for it is recognized that human civilization is the primary cause behind the current crisis. For over four hundred years, Western civilization has chosen Science as its source of truths and wisdom about the mysteries of life. Allegorically, we may picture the wisdom of the universe as resembling a large mountain. We scale the mountain as we acquire knowledge. Our drive to reach the top of that mountain is fueled by the notion that with knowledge, Read More …

Study for the AP Biology Essay Questions

[ad_1] The AP Biology Exam contains four essay questions, and you have to answer them all. Each question will have multiple sections, so pacing on this part of the test is very important. Here’s what you need to know to excel on the essay section: 1. Essay graders are looking for hard facts, not fluff. If a question asks you to name a hormone and its function, do it in 1-2 sentences and then move on. A long paragraph going into detail about the molecular structure of the hormone isn’t going to do you any good, as a specific number of points are allocated for each part of the question. In this example, you would be given one point for naming the hormone and one point for correctly identifying its function. For this reason, my one sentence answer and your long paragraph would both get the same number of points. Read More …