Ecology is a core science, and thus requires exactness in terminology, concepts, and principles, and the ability to analyze and synthesize scientific topics. I would highly recommend that students take time every day to study, review, and master the weekly recommended learning achievement targets. Also, study the glossary of terms in the textbook and follow-up these terms with more detailed explanations in the textbook and interactive lessons.




Mastery of the subject matter requires diligence, focused study, and daily practice. A three-credit course requires a minimum of nine hours of effective study per week. This flow diagram summarizes the steps you should follow continuously alternate study, assessment, and review until you achieve mastery.


Study the course content
Performance on assessments (interactive lessons and games, daily quizzes, and examinations)
Evaluation of your performance
Review and study of the course content
Learning tips. An excellent way to prepare for the quizzes and examinations is to orally explain a topic, concept, or term to a colleague. Do this regularly as if you are teaching a course in ecology. If you can explain the course subject matter in a succinct and technically correct manner, then you have mastered the topic.

In order to increase your performance on the quizzes and the examinations, please be sure to follow the recommended learning procedures on a regular bases. Cycle through these steps repeatedly until you have mastered the material.




Carefully study the textbook for detailed information

Regularly study the glossary to master all terms and
understand their meaning

Study and review the lecture presentations, and the
study questions in the enhanced lecture presentations

Study and review the interactive lessons and games
to guide your study and to evaluate your understanding

Take the quizzes on the recommended schedule

Study and review the sample questions for each

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