How to Pass Microbiology

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn how to pass your microbiology class through these helpful tips and suggestions. In addition, get some additional resources to make microbiology topics easier to understand, and use short quizzes to ensure your comprehension of topics you learn in class.

Use Supplemental Materials

You can get additional help with your microbiology homework by using supplemental resources that cover what you're learning in class. Check out's Microbiology course to find topics you need more help with or to drive a point home so it's clear and understandable.

These study guides are set up to help you learn the science behind microbiology with engaging and short video lessons. You can complete lesson quizzes and course exams to make sure you're fully understanding the concepts. You can also contact expert microbiology instructors if you need assistance.

Other Suggestions

There's a lot you can do in and out of class to help you pass. Get a few more tips to help you plan your study time.

Complete Prerequisites

Microbiology isn't an introductory course, so you'll want to make sure you first understand the fundamental biology concepts that will be included in a microbiology course. To get a head start, go through the Intro to Biology course to lay a foundation of knowledge you'll need to move forward into more advanced topics, like microbiology.

Read Your Textbook

You should get comfortable with your microbiology textbook as soon as you can. Keeping up with your assigned readings will make passing the class much easier. Focus on the important parts of the reading, like headings, summaries and bolded terminology, so that you're well prepared for each of your class periods.

Use the Microbiology Textbook to find topics you're reading about in your class textbook to explain a confusing concept.

Take Notes in Class

Regularly attending class is a vital part of successfully completing your microbiology course, and not just because some teachers will lower your grade if you miss lectures. Instructors provide important information during class periods, and often what's discussed is what will be on any exams you'll take for the class. Make sure you take clear notes regarding anything written on the board, as well as important terms mentioned in class. Make sure to ask your instructor for anything you need clarification about, and include info in your notes that will help you remember.

Quiz Yourself

There are several ways to find quiz questions, but you can make sure you're studying what you need to by creating your own questions based on class discussions. During lecture, jot down a few questions related to the topics covered by the instructor. You can use these questions as self-made flashcards or self-assessments to help with homework or tests.

Participate in Class

Reading and writing down the information you learn can help with retention, but to make concepts make sense and really make an impact, 'get your hands dirty' and make an effort to participate in class. This can be asking questions, joining in a discussion, or engaging in a class project. Doing something related to your coursework can make the information more memorable and easier to recall during test time.

Review Class Information

Go over what you covered in class as soon as you can. Working with the material while it's still fresh in your mind will make it easier for you to understand the scientific concepts. Use your book, a dictionary or the internet to look up new terms that your instructor introduced in class. Try to quiz yourself with questions in your book or with the quizzes in's microbiology course or textbook. You should also have an easier time completing your homework after you've absorbed new information in class.

Join a Study Group

It's a good idea to find or create a study group with other students in your class. Having one or more students to work with when you're studying your microbiology coursework can be a big help. Working with other students allows you to test one another and work through difficult concepts more effectively.

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