These cards offer an aid to candidates seeking to learn and consolidate the considerable number of Biology words required by each course. All of the major words and phrases have been listed, together with definitions, explanations or examples as appropriate. They can to be copied onto A4 card and then cut into individual cards. On one side will be a definition or explanation, and on the other, a word, phrase or concept.
They can, of course be used in a multitude of ways, with the object being to expose candidates to the important facts in a manner which encourages repetition and offers reinforcement. The following are ways which have worked well with our classes.
1. Initially each pupil was given the A4 version printed on one side (we gave them the side with the definitions rather than the words), but with the blank outlines on the reverse. A blank is provided at the end of the package. At the end of a unit of work, they were given time to add the correct words working with friends. A whole class discussion made sure the answers were correct. Once completed they were cut out, secured with an elastic band and used for revision in class and at home.
2. When the time came for NARS and prelims, time was set aside for card sessions. Initially they grouped and took turns to read out the definition and the others suggested an answer. Right piles and wrong piles were encouraged. Wrong piles were revisited. After a couple of periods most seemed to be getting most cards correct. Then we had the class quiz for about 30 cards. Pupils appreciated that a high score in the quiz equated a pass in the assessment and a low score required considerable home card revision. Friends and family could be recruited to help.
3. We found that a variety of "games" emerged which were seen by the pupils as a break from work, but which were actually first class consolidation. For example they could be asked to shuffle the cards for a Unit, and then to sort them into groups for the main topics - this was good fun individually, but even better in groups where it gave rise to good discussion.
These are only the most tentative of suggestions - you know your own groups best, and will undoubtedly find a whole range of strategies for using this resource.