BGU STUDENTS: Implementing these strategies may turn to be crucial for succeeding in your studies. They are provided in English (as are your textbooks) on purpose: most the biochemical literature is. Make sure to fully understand both the text itself as well as the spirit.
PC users may download the Babylon program (an on-line English-Hebrew dictionary) here.
Before you start diving into Biochemistry, why don't you consolidate your foundations?This crash summary of basic organic chemistry (from K.J. Miller) will certainly help if kept both in mind and in an accessible drawer...
As a preview of what you can find in the learning strategies pages, here's a quotation (© Jan 2000, Gale Rhodes):
A learning strategy that will work in every course:
GET INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECT
Don't let yourself be drawn into the silly grade games students (and faculty) often play. Don't ask, "What do I need to know for the exam?" or, "How long will this assignment take?" Ask questions aimed at improving your understanding of important concepts. Talk to your teacher and your fellow students about biochemistry, not about grading policies, exam formats, excuses, your weak background in -- well, you get the idea. Leave your personal life behind when you walk onto campus, and open yourself up to what the university has to offer. Study the subject as if understanding it were your job -- or better, as if it were your hobby. Immerse yourself in the subject -- in reading, working problems, developing skills, speaking biochemistry to others, using your text as a reference. If you do, then grades will take care of themselves.