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  1. #1 biology: back to school 
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    Thank you for previous replies. I am returning to higher education next month after 6yrs absence. I am worried i may not be able to keep up with my course considering my lenghty absence plus my course involves alot of biology. i havent studied biology in 12yrs. I need some advise on how to cope...


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    Thank you for previous replies. I am returning to higher education next month after 6yrs absence. I am worried i may not be able to keep up with my course considering my lenghty absence plus my course involves alot of biology. i havent studied biology in 12yrs. I need some advise on how to cope...

    Dear Lizhys,

    It's good to hear that you are following your interests. I'm a Biology undergrad and just wanted to say that aside from the thrill of deciphering the intricacies of the living world, you'll have a rare opportunity to work with truly amazing people. Ramble aside...

    I would advise reading as widely as possible, although you have to be selective when it comes to primary literature! (Sorry if you already know this and I am insulting your intelligence). Maybe your interests will become more refined and specialised as you discover more. Also, don't be afraid to admit when you don't understand something, and don't be afraid to question authority when appropriate.

    Work damn hard and drink lots of coffee :P !

    Best wishes,

    Tridimity :wink:


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    As long as you start with an introductory biology course you'll be fine. And I'm sure you will because most schools will not allow you to take upper level courses until you've taken the requisite intro course.
    Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.
    ~Jean-Paul Sartre
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    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Biology/index.htm#undergrad


    do a search for "opencourse biology"
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    Engage yourself in conversation with varying levels of Biology students (from no Bio background to masters of the subject). This allows you to teach some while adding on to information that you have already learned. When someone discusses a particular topic in conversation they use their own analogies and mnemonics that may prove useful in your own education. A lot has changed in the past 12 years (though plenty remains the same) so try to approach the subject as if its your first time and your brain will fill in the familiar information. Other than that, enjoy one of the most challenging and fulfilling subjects that you could study! :-D
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