How to prepare for the IBO 2018?

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a yearly Biology competition for secondary school students, who are winners of their respective National Biology Olympiad. Their skills in tackling biological problems, and dealing with biological experiments are tested. For a successful performance interest in biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary. IBO gathers young people from over the world in an open, …

Virtual Laboratory Exercises

Here are some useful links to find some simulations of lab experiments. Keep in mind that in the biology olympiad, practical skills are very important so don’t ignore it! https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-biology/classroom-resources/investigative-labs-comprehensive-links?course=ap-biology https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/biology https://www.golabz.eu/ http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs_2K8/

Amino acid properties

Amino acids for USABO and biology olympiads by Martyna Petrulytė on Scribd

Summer research internships

If you are wondering how to prepare for the biology practical exam, this article is for you. No matter whether you are preparing for the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), International Biology Olympiad (IBO), British Biology Olympiad (BBO) or any other competition, the practical part of the competition might be a killer so read on and you will find some tips …

Dilutions: Explanations and Examples of Common Methods

There are many ways of expressing concentrations and dilution. Using C1V1 = C2V2 To make a fixed amount of a dilute solution from a stock solution, you can use the formula: C1V1 = C2V2 where: V1 = Volume of stock solution needed to make the new solution C1 = Concentration of stock solution V2 = Final volume of new solution C2 = Final concentration of new solution …

How to get ready for the USABO Semifinals 2018

Congratulations to everyone who qualified for the USABO Semifinals 2018! Congratulations to all of those who did not qualify, too – you did a great job and gained a lot of experience for the following years! Keep up the good work and you will qualify next year. 😉 Many students are wondering what the best way to prepare for the …

Key diagrams for biology olympiad

The phenomenon of RNA interference (RNAi) which involves sequence-specific gene regulation by small non-coding RNAs, i.e., small interfering RNA (siRNA) and microRNA (miRNA) has emerged as one of most powerful approaches for crop improvement.

Plant physiology and anatomy links

General Information Biological Diversity: Nonvascular and Nonseed Vascular Plants: Indepth study guide with review questions and links on the plants. A Beginner’s Guide to the Study of Plant Structure by Edward C. Yeung: PDF of description and examples of botanical microtechniques. Raven Biology of Plants by Evert and Eichhorn: Excellent resource. Check online for copies. Checklist of Vegetation and Plant Distribution …

What’s new in the USABO Semifinal 2018

2018 USABO Semifinal Exam Dates: March 19 to 23, 2018 Time: 120 minutes for the exam. Place: A classroom monitored by a licensed teacher or school representative. The exams cannot be administered by a parent or at home. Students: Students who scored in the top 10% on the Open Exam. Each Test Administrator has been notified of students’ Semifinalist status …

What’s new in the 2018 USABO?

Welcome to the 2018 USABO competition! The 2018 changes reflect the continued development and recognition of USABO where students who are passionate about biology find like-minded colleagues in the USA and abroad. USABO Registration Site Registriation fee has increased from $80 to $95. Please note this and be sure to notify you Financial Officer of this increase. CEE continues to …

Study Schedule

A useful study schedule to guide you through the books. It includes the reading guide for these books: Campbell BiologyCampbell BiologyRaven’s Biology of PlantsBrooker’s GenteticsSherwood Human PhysiologyBiochemistry by Richard HarveyIntegrated Principles of Zoology, 11th Edition, Hickman et al. Vander’s Human Biology Biology Olympiad Study Schedule

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Olympiad Testing Tactics

Testing Tactics Getting the correct answer, even when you know nothing, is one of the defining skills of the academic champion. The rest of this book is about developing your knowledge. This chapter is about what to do when things go wrong. You’ll encounter questions you can’t answer throughout the rest of the book. Treat them as practice. While knowing …

Before the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2017

This year the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) will begin on Sunday 23rd July at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. For Practical exams, HERE you can find a list of useful techniques for the olympiad. Check if you know all of them and if not, Google  it and familiarize with them. The Official IBO guide can be found HERE. Also check …

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DISSECTING A FLOWER

The floral diagram is always drawn circular in outline. The different floral whorls are represented in concentric circles, the sepals on the outermost circle, then the petals, the stamens and carpels towards the inner side. The first step to draw a floral diagram is to examine mature floral buds which are due to open shortly but have not yet opened. …

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Practical skills for biology olympiads

Laboratory skills are crucial for any biology olympiad, including USABO and IBO. Over the years of my own preparation and while tutoring others, I gathered this of techniques that are essential to know for the biology olympiad, especially for the International Biology Olympiad.   CELL BIOLOGY Use of a microtome to make slides, Cell Fractionation, Microscopy (measurement of objects), Immunostaining, Histology, Haemocytometer, Drawing of preparations, Maceration and …

23nd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition

  The 23rd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition was held at participating schools on Thursday, April 27, 2017. There were 4,567 eligible contestants, from 343 schools: 3,317 contestants from 263 schools within in Canada and 1,250 international contestants from 80 schools outside of Canada. Over 120,000 high school students have participated in the competition since 1995.     …

International Biology Olympiad (IBO) past papers

Here you will find the past papers from the International Biology Olympiad.   IBO 2000 Theory part A_CCL IBO 2000 Theory part B_CCL   IBO 2001 Theory part A_CCL IBO 2001 Theory part B_CCL   IBO 2002 Theory part A_CCL IBO 2002 Theory part B_CCL IBO 2002 Theory Part A Answers IBO 2002 Theory Part B Answers   IBO 2003 …