Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Class Test Reflection 2: Digestion, Respiration & Blood cells

Your reflections should describe your strengths and weaknesses in this test (Competency areas:Knowledge, Understanding & Application). Use specific examples from the questions to highlight these areas. Project into the future as to how you plan to improve this topic and each of these competency areas.

Please follow this format:
i) Strengths: . . .
ii) Weaknesses: . . .
iii) Areas to improve: . . .
Provide some questions as examples.

Note: Please use scholarly language with no spelling or grammatical errors. Avoid slang or casual conversational writing.


Pasakorn said...

During the test, I did not panic like last time. However, I seem to have given too complicated answers, and hence, did not do well. One question, the one which required us to draw out the villus' components, I had not studied. Next time, I'll be sure to cover all the topics from head to toe.

Another example I learned is to give direct answers, and not beat around the bush. The question on dead barley seeds was one such example. I got the key understanding, but did not get the mark, as I used too many confusing sentences. Anyway...

i) Strengths

I knew how to give elaborated answers when asked. Those answers should be clear, with the appropriate scientific terms (e.g. fat globules, not fats). These things I achieved.

ii) Weaknesses

As mentioned before, I overdid most of my answers, making me lose marks. Next time, I shall remember not to be too long-winded when answering science questions.

iii) Areas to Improve

I need to commit more information to memory, and apply them when I can. If I can only cough up information that I crammed last night, the end-of-year exams will be a problem for me.


Wei Kang low said...

During this test I did badly in the topic of digestion like "villus" and "lacteal" also, I have to be better in my study of the enzymes and detectors like "ethanal" and "red precipitate" Also, I must be better in my answer structuring like the fact that I had to answer positively.
I scored in red blood cells as I remembered the structure and functions of the cells such as haemoglobin.
Areas to improve
I need to revise more on the digestive system and all the detectors and changes.

bored-kid said...

Well, I admit that i did not really study that hard for this test as I had many things to do... Tons of Homework disallowed me to revise better and thus, I did not learn the spelling of the many biologic words like villus... Instead of villus, i spell villie
My Strengths: I could write and give full and good explanation if I had study more for that topic. An example would be the RBC part. I could explain the last question well as I understand the reasons and had study longer for it.
My weakness: I did not really remembered the spellings like a said above and I did not really memorize the specify names and terms.
I will improve on my spelling next time and hope to get a better score.

serene said...

i) Strengths:I revised many days before the test. I copied out most of the notes and memorised key words. I also looked through the notes again just before the test.
ii) Weaknesses: I did not remember to write the colour for question one. I did not remember to write red precipitate for that question. Also, I could not remember what the digestion process for protein was. (on page 2)
iii)Areas to improve: I should have read through the practical worksheets with more detail. If I had done that, I would have gotten question one and others correct.

Denise said...

I felt that this test was rather simple if you studied hard for it and remember all the notes that Mr Low had given us. I am glad that I did well for this test and have improved from the previous test.
My strengths were that I could remember the things I have learnt and studied and I was able to answer the questions in the test. An example would be the questions on digestion, the practical that we had done and the questions on the red blood cells. I was able to answer them and get the keywords right.
My weakness was that I was too nervous during the test and I forgot the answers to some of the questions. An example would be the reagent used for the test of glucose. Also, I did not read the notes on respiration thoroughly as I focused mostly on digestion and transport in humans. Hence, I got the questions on respiration wrong. The areas which I have to improve on are reading all the notes thoroughly even though I think they are not important. I should also study for the test earlier to be more prepared so that I would not panic and be worried during the test.

A.L. said...

During the class test, I was rather calm but there were some questions I did not know even though I am pretty sure that I studied that topic, I just could not pluck the facts out of my head. I made a mind map for both digestive system and blood cells but it might be because I typed it out and not write it out in the test. That is why I did not do as well as I should have.

Next time, I will to do more of the written facts rather that the digital ones. One thing I have learnt is to study all the practical worksheets as I only focused on the rest of topic. The practicals are really important, if studied them thoroughly, I would not lose the unnecessary marks like the red precipitate, I only wrote red.

i) Strengths

I would say that I am good at the topic blood as I got those questions correct. I gave elaborated answers which can be unnecessary. I remembered most of the facts that were tested. I am also good at making mind maps.

ii) Weaknesses

I could not remember some of the conversions as I got the protein question totally wrong. Some of the questions were a bit overdone as I gave to much irrelevant info like the release of energy, I wrote a bit too much. Some of my questions should be more short and sweet which is not what I am doing now.

iii) Areas to improve

I need to give short and sweet answers as the model answers were much shorter than mine. I need to do more written work as at the end of the day, we will not be typing out the answers, will be written. I also need to pay more attention to the practical lessons.

sstjourney said...

I did better in this test and hope to do even better in the next test.

i) Strengths: I did my own notes so that I could remember the "concepts" like the function of the liver, the process of digestion etc.

ii) Weaknesses: I was not specific enough. For example, I wrote "The peptones will then break into an even smaller form by protease which will..." I did not write the name of the "smaller form" and lost a mark. I also "disconnected" the blood capillary.

iii) Areas to improve:I will have to be more specific in answering the questions next time.


Ilya Haider said...

During the test, I panicked when I saw the first question. I forgot what the lacteal was. That was the worst part. I also forgot that the capillaries were supposed to go AROUND the lacteal instead of just over them which I put. I got my concept wrong for that question.

An example is the first question. I did not know my concepts so i got the answer wrong. I was on the right track but a few words strayed me off.

1) Strengths

I have what I want to put down in my head and I can simplify and make my answers concise within a short period of time. Like the one on the dead barley seeds. My definition of respiration and breathing was straight, to the point and sounded nice :D

2) Weaknesses

Some times, the answers I have cannot be simplified so I give long answers and get the question wrong. Like the first question. My concept was wrong so I threw in everything I knew about that topic.

3) Areas to improve

I have to get my concepts right and get the right long answer in my head so it can be concise and to the point while still keeping it short. I will usually revise when I'm told of the test but I do last-minute revision the day before and on the day itself.

Ilya Haider :D

infamous08 said...

During the test, I felt rather confident of my marks since I had studied for it. I felt as composed as before but I'm not sure why. maybe it is because I am only worried or nervous during major exams? I noticed that for the first test I did not study and I got 12. For this test, I studied but I got 9.5. I guess this paper seems easy but is actually difficult because it requires certain key words that I did not write. So i guess this is why I passed (I consider this passing to make myself feel good).

Weakness: My mind map that I made helped to make my studies easier but it took a lot of time. I misunderstood the function of the liver and gall bladder, the villus and I forgot the term haemoglobin.

Strengths: I made a relatively good mind map on blood despite my d=short time and people can ask me "Why you have so much time?" and I tell them that I do not. I went o to make a mind map on the topics tested so I can learn better but it went wrong since it consumed a lot of time. I could also study while making the mind map and i did that for the blood mind map.

Areas to improve: I have to learn to understand the villus, where the blood capillaries are, the lacteal. This is so after I read the villus question and saw how I fared. I also have to know the functions of each organ especially the liver, gall bladder and pancreas so I can answer digestion questions better.

Kim said...

My strength is that once I understand a concept, I can remember it well. I know what are the answers for the questions.

But knowing the concepts is not enough to get full marks for a particular question. For questions like 2b and 5c, I missed some of the keywords. This causes some of the marks being deducted. I had mixed up some of the facts, thus my answers for Question 4b doesn't make sense.

To improve my results, I could have practice answering questions using scientific terms on assessment books and practice papers. I admit that I did not study hard enough that I can remember all the keywords and important facts. I should spend more time and focused on revising for the tests.


I don care said...

Quotes by me(zhang yifan):
I do not know why, but this two tests, I have been failing consistently, maybe my concepts were mixed up, or maybe I was just too bothered with my other subjects to study. After reading through the test papers, I found out that my sentence structure was too "low graded" , but I managed to apply what I learnt onto the test like the one on blood cell, apart from the proteins question.
My strength in bio used to be everything, but I slacked too much and now my strength have dropped to a mere blood cell. As I have said, my weakness is everything else and not just sentence structure, but the concepts and the tons of names of the organs especially the "villi"and "villus" or the capillary vessel and the lacteal, and the fluids and everything else.
I felt like improving my attitude towards learning science. also, I need to be more organized so as to be able to revise my notes quicker, rather than spend precious time looking for them.

jeremy said...

I had studied for this test, so I could pass it.
My strengths are in those questions which inly require short explanations and not the long-winded ones as I am sure to mess some part up, like the question on what happens to the steak after it had been eaten, which is my weakness. I also have problems memorizing the facts as some of them are quite confusing.
The areas I have to improve on are memorizing facts, structuring my sentences well, memorizing scientific words and formats on how the facts are written.
The other questions I had problems with was the one about lacteal and those which included the liver as the functions of the liver were too confusing, but the one for the lacteal was because I forgot...

SST Health Science 104 said...

Class 104: Many good diagnostic analysis of your strengths and weaknesses in studying this chapter. Most of you can strengthen your understanding by designing a Mindmap for digestion and record those key words/concepts such 'precipitate', 'transport fat globules', 'gall bladder stores bile', 'respiration occurs in ALL living things', etc

Only 12 reflections at 9pm? Where are the rest?

Matthew Wong said...

I was quite calm and I did better in this test.

Strengths: I could remember how to spell words like Haemoglobin. I also elaborated more in my answers.

Weaknesses: I did not write the key points for some of the questions and I did not study for the "lacteal".

Areas to improve: I need to remember more of the names of things and focus on the key points for my answers.

endless midnight said...

During the test, i kept thinking that i must improve. But then again, i never met my own expectations, which made me kind of disappointed in myself. I feel that there is something wrong in the way i learn.

If i am interested in something, and learn it well, i will be very good in the certain area, Like the red blood cells and the blood...

I do not actually go and revise everything word for word, which makes it very difficult if the teacher want specific instructions as i summarise everything.

I hope i will improve even more for the next test. :)

Jun Hui

endless midnight said...

areas to improve:
I must be more cautious in my studying, and not overlook and dismiss notes that i think are not important.

I forgot to add this earlier.

Jun Hui

IZK said...

Strengths: I studied most of my notes last minute and am still surprised that I could pass

Weakness: I did not fully study all the notes and almost failed.

Areas to improve: I need to increase my understanding of notes so my last minutes preparations will count

Roy Chua said...

1) I was more comfortable doing this test than the one on cells as I feel this topic is easier than cells. I was able to give quite good answers but lost most of my marks from spelling mistakes.
2) I did not think I would have to memorise the spelling of the terms but now I think I should start taking notice of the spellings of long scientific terms. I also forgot the functions of the liver as it has too many functions that I got confused. An example of this is in the question asking us for the function of the liver. I forgotten about the functions of the liver and started to panic, making it even harder to remember its function, forcing me to guess the answer.
3) I should improve on my understanding of the three organs related to digestion but are not in the alimentary canal. I should spend more time revising when I can in future and I should test myself to see if I can remember a science concept instead of thinking that I knew it.

Fatin Zafirah said...

I felt that I studied harder compared to the first test. Hence, I improved. Despite the improvement, I still felt that I should have worked harder to strive excellence. I promise that I will work really hard for the next bio test.

i) Strengths: I can memorize the end product of the practicals. Eg, Brick Red Precipitate though the answer does not need to have brick. I also remembered to read the notes on breathing and respiration. That one piece of note can really help you.

ii) Weakness: I am definately not good at giving very long explanations. Eg, Q3 is quite a challenge for me. Writing very long, I ended up not getting the full mark. It must be because I am not writing about the point.

iii) Areas to improve on: I should definately start to study for the test much earlier before the date. Maybe a week earlier? This gives me time to ask Mr Low of any doubts I have.

helene said...

Strengths: I did revise for this test even though it was not a lot and I had managed to remember some things that were tested, like the practical for the reagents and the red blood cells question. I also remembered how to spell all the words.
Weaknesses: I did not study some of the other topics, as I did not manage my time well, and had to finish my homework and school projects. So, I studied in a rush, and got some of the facts mixed up, like the gall bladder, which I thought produced bile but actually stored bile, and the lacteal, which I did not remember the function of well.
Areas to improve: I should manage my time better, and do all my homework as soon as possible, and projects as well. This way, I would have more time to cover all the topics. I may not want to do any last minute studying as that way if I just read all the notes right before the test I might be very confused during the test and mix up the facts that I have just read.

Norullayaley said...

i) Strengths

I find that I was able to memorize and remember on how the nutrients from food were digested, where it gets digested and by what enzymes. Take question 3 for example. Although I did not get the fuIm marks for the question, I think I could've gotten it if I hadn't been so careless as to forget one of the points. I find it fascinating that our body is able to digest our food until the simplest of substances.

ii) Weaknesses

The memorizing of the organs involved in the digestion system (such as the liver and gall bladder) plus it's functions was a bit difficult for me. But I think I would be able to memorize with a bit more time.

iii) Areas to improve

I realized that in the test, I made a lot of careless mistakes by not writing important keywords or some points were missing. I should make effort next time to check my work thoroughly. Also, I could've been more prepared by studying a few days earlier instead of the night before.


Mitchel Goh said...

As I did not study for this test,I didi not do well and as I mentioned before,I have a problem of not taking test seriously.But I will try to change that problem,which is my area to improve.

My strengths are that i can remember roughly what you have said in class but the weakness of this is that it is not perfect as i forget some facts and how to spell some words.another of my weakness is that I will tend to read into questions too deeply which will cause me some marks sometimes.This is also another area to improve


REUVEN LIM said...

i) I remembered the key words, answered my questions directly and knowledge.

ii) I forgot some small stuff (such as lacteal) and lost marks on careless mistakes and giveaway questions.

iii) I really should have revised my notes. I also need to brush up on my answering and give less questions in class when I know it is disruptive.