What are the best resources for studying for the Biology Olympiad Competition?

I receive many emails asking what the best textbooks are for the biology olympiad. To be honest, there is no one single answer. It goes  without saying that the more you read, the more you know, the easier you will answer the questions thrown at you during the biology olympiad. So what should you read after all? Well, there are …

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, …

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 …

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

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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 …

Last minute top TIPS before biology olympiad 2017

  Hello everyone,   Every January and February all students are relentlessly trying to study for an upcoming biology olympiad. No matter where you are in the world, all feel (and I felt) the same as you. Today is more than 6 years since I sat my first biology olympiad and I clearly remember how nervous I was since my …

Freaked out about upcoming biology olympiad?

January and February are the most important months for olympiad participants as in many countries first rounds take place during these months. If you did not finish to read Campbell and it is only several weeks before biology olympiad, try to calm down and do not overdo too much because you need fresh mind and good eyes for the day …

FAQ about biology olympiads

Hi guys, Most of new students do not know much about how to take place in biology olympiad or what to read or etc. Here I will try to answer as many questions as I can and if you do not find anything, just leave a comment bellow. So let’s get started. What is the IBO? The International Biology Olympiad …

Study on the Fly!

If you are tired of reading a pile of biology textbooks, I suggest you taking a break and trying alternative ways of learning. I just found amazing records of Raven Biology HERE that allow you to study anytime whether you are driving to work, exercising at the gym, or walking to class. Students with portable media players (iPodÂŽ and other …

Mnemonics for studying

As I mentioned in previous post about tips and tricks, I promised to post some good websites to find biological mnemonics.Here are a list: Try this Some are here Very useful ones can be found here Also here There more interesting pages, however, I would suggest to search having a topic in mind for example glycolysis enzymes mnemonic or Krebs …

How to prepare for biology olympiad?

Bellow you can find my selected pieces of advice how to efficiently study for biology olympiads.   1. The most effective resources for studying are the ones you created yourself. So try to make notes! My personal advice is to draw as many diagrams, graphs, scientific drawings of plants and small invertebrates as you can because in this way you …

Biology olympiads: Myths and Reality

Many young students face difficulty when preparing for the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). So I will try to dispel some myths about the IBO and also provide some useful pieces of advice how to succeed. So let‘s get started: If you cram all Campbell Biology, you will win a gold medal. Definitely not true. I heard something about few guys …

My experience in the IBO

  City centre, Singapore I was in the IBO twice representing Lithuania (a small country in Eastern Europe) in 2012 (Singapore) and 2013 (Switzerland) where both times I won a bronze medal. To be perfectly honest with you guys, it was the best experience I had ever had in my life. Singapore was one of the first countries that I …