International Biology Olympiad 2019

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This year’s International Biology Olympiad will take place between 14th and 21st of July 2019 in Szeged, Hungary. The official website of the competition is http://www.ibo2019.org. About the exams As usual the questions in the IBO will be based on scientific reasoning, thinking skills, analysis of laboratory data, hypothesis testing etc. The theory exam will be comprised of 2 test papers. Each …

General Biology

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The word biology means, “the science of life”, from the Greek bios, life, and logos, word or knowledge. Therefore, Biology is the science of Living Things. That is why Biology is sometimes known as Life Science. The science has been divided into many subdisciplines, such as botany, bacteriology, anatomy, zoology, histology, mycology, embryology, parasitology, genetics, molecular biology, systematics, immunology, microbiology, physiology, cell biology, cytology, ecology, and virology. Other branches of science include or are comprised in …

What are the keywords in the biology olympiad?

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Biology olympiads compared to usual school biology tests and exams mainly differ in wording of the question. I bet you noticed that in olympiads, creators of the exam play with words and make the question confusing or convoluted. So how can you go about this and answer the question correctly if everything in the question looks confusing? Well… this is …

Amino acid mnemonics for the biology olympiad

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MNEMONICS FOR AMINO ACID PROPERTIES GLAMP TVIP = nonpolar, hydrophobic – Glycine, Leucine, Alanine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline TCSy-TAG – like cyborg, charged – Tyrosine, Cysteine, Serine, Threonine, Asparagine, Glutamine Acidic, there’s only 2 – Glutamate, Aspartate Basic – HALelujiah – Histidine, Arginine, Lysine Aromatic – PfTT, since they have a smell – Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Tryptophan ONE LETTER …

Two months before USABO: What should I study?

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The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) will be administered from 5th to 15th of February, 2019. With only 2 months left, there many things that you can do to increase your chances of succes. USABO Exam Question Format   Teacher Resource Center (TRC) The TRC is dynamic. Once your school has completed the registration process and payment has been received, please …

How to manage your time when preparing for the biology olympiad?

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Usually, we start preparing for the biology olympiad in 11th grade. I guess it’s because thisis when we start thinking about our future. Admit it! That’s when you’re looking for any way tomake your curriculum vitae (a.k.a. résumé) and personal statement look good, as applications to universities are looming on the horizon. But hey – it’s not your fault. Why …

Recommended chapters from key biology textbooks

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Different biology textbooks can help you prepare for the biology olympiad. However, the majority of them are over 1000-page long, meaning that you need to be selective in your choice of what to read. Below you will find a list of recommend chapters from the key biology textbooks: Vander et al.: Human Physiology: The Mechanism of Body Function, Eighth Edition …

Biology Olympiad Strategies Book

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Recently, I published my very first book, How To Prepare for the Biology Olympiad And Science Competitions. Head to Amazon to purchase either a Kindle or paperback version. In this short article, I will share a small review of what you can find in the book. Science competitions test a student’s level of knowledge, power of scientific reasoning, and analytical thinking outside …

How to prepare for the IBO 2018?

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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

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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

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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 …

What’s new in the USABO Semifinal 2018

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2018 USABO Semifinal Exam Dates: March 19 to 23, 2018Time: 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 via the …

What’s new in the 2018 USABO?

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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 …

Recommended chapters from key textbooks for the biology olympiad

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Many students are unsure about which chapters are the most important for the biology olympiad preparation. Below we compiled a list of the most essential textbook chapters to help you efficiently prepare for the biology olympiad. Vander et al.: Human Physiology: The Mechanism of Body Function, Eighth Edition 3 Cell Structure 7 Homeostatic Mechanisms and Cellular Communication 8 Neural Control …

Study Schedule

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A useful study schedule to guide you through the books. It includes the reading guide for these books: Campbell Biology Raven’s Biology of Plants Brooker’s Gentetics Sherwood Human Physiology Biochemistry by Richard Harvey Integrated Principles of Zoology, 11th Edition, Hickman et al. Vander’s Human Biology You can download the schedule below: Biology Olympiad Study Schedule

Olympiad Testing Tactics

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  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 …