Biology Notes: " Journals "
Record data, notes, progress reflection, question responses
Permanent record of work
Complete journals = value
Major ways to use the Journal
Neat, organized, accurate observations
Use a pen
Brief, but to the point data
More than a single word
Drawings = data too
Use a hard pencil
Labels are clear
Record numerical data in form of a table
Include units: degrees, kg, m, lbs., seconds, etc.
Put in journal
This journal is your book not someone elses. So keep it neat as possible.
Lab work will be done in groups. You will be a member of this group and your data must be written in your book. Identify others data by a different color code.
Record activity title and date of answers.
Number each response.
Record the question if it helps you learn.
Indicate the kind of respond: individual or by a group.
Write your answers in complete sentences.
Always begin with the date
Source of information
Change lines for each new idea
Group related ideas under broad headings to remember how they are connected.
Write down enough words about the idea so you can later understand what the notes mean.
Take notes at all times during discussions, seminar / lecture notes, and even your readings. This may help you absorb the material better.
Use information in your journal to prepare for class and tests / quizzes.
Use the journal to complete assessment activities.
Jot down questions as you read or anything that you may be confused about in your journal. This helps you remember at a later date what you need to find out.
Sometimes this technique will help you answer your own questions.
Put your classwork and homework assignments that you will copy from " The Wizard " in the journal.
Declare when the assignment is due and if you have accomplished it.
You may have your journal collected at various times during the assessment periods.
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