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Studying Tips: DSE Biology

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

If you are nervous for your upcoming Biology exam, take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale out through your mouth.

You’ve got this!

Biology is so much more than the exam you are stressing about. It's understanding HOW that deep breath helps relax you. It’s also understanding how the foods you eat contribute to your overall health, and how your body functions on a cellular level.

Biology allows us to examine ourselves, as well as the larger environment we are part of. Understanding how everything is intertwined helps us understand how complex systems can be created and sustained, or destroyed.

The daily significance of biological study is shown in medicine, agriculture, ecology, and psychology to name a few. It’s exciting stuff and it’s not worth getting stressed out over! At ME Education, we have the inside scoop on how to study for the Diploma of Secondary Education Biology paper, and some general tips and tricks to help you ace your exam.

Firstly, let's discuss the structure of the exam so you know what to expect.

Students will receive two papers.

Paper 1:

Section A: 36 multiple-choice questions.

Section B: 10 long questions and one essay question.


Paper 2:

This paper will test candidates on the four elective modules and you will be asked to choose two of the four long questions. The questions will be similar to those in Paper 1.


Time Management

Managing your time is the first step to successfully completing an examination. If you manage it correctly, it will relieve a lot of pressure o