New Horizons Test Preparation and Language Arts

AP/IB Biology

New Horizons unveiled a new AP/IB Biology course in August 2016 to help students excel in this higher-level science.

After observing so many students in their study methods and learning patterns, we have found that the most challenging aspect of biology for many of them lies in the quantity and complexity of information. To increase success, we need to help students untangle the information and put all of the details in the correct place. We need to let them know that each complex concept is made up of many smaller, simpler concepts that are much easier to understand. Of course, a high score cannot be made without a lot of vocabulary, diagramming, and practice questions - starting with very simple questions and building up to more difficult and complex questions.

Class Information

  • A comprehensive 30-hour course with one mock test

  • Unique in-house materials to assist teaching and learning, including textbooks, worksheets, quizzes, diagrams and graphics

  • Fills in the gaps in students’ foundational knowledge of biology

  • Puts emphasis on vocabulary and professional terms

  • Advises on AP/IB test-taking strategies with intensive training and practice

  • Enhances students' reading skills to correctly read their textbooks and understand test questions

  • Applies extra practice to more advanced topics


Our Suggestions on How to Learn Biology

Biology is primarily visual, and students should rely heavily on diagrams.  They should diagram anything they don't clearly understand. This will help them see how the biological process they are studying works. They need to review each day's lessons and make sure they understand all the vocabulary.  A very good study technique is to take the information in their textbook or in their class notes and try putting them into their own words. If they're able to do it, they understand the concept fairly well. If they are not able to do it, they do not understand the concept and should seek extra help.

What should students pay attention to? What to read?

Students should read their textbooks because that is the resource that corresponds most closely to their tests. A very important skill in science is to be able to use these resources effectively. In class, we teach students how to use and understand their science textbooks. If their teacher has not provided a textbook, they usually have class notes and PPTs to follow. Unfortunately, sometimes these notes prove to be inadequate. Parents would be well advised to try to buy an official AP/IB biology textbook online. If this is not an option, students should ask their teacher in school what resources he or she would recommend to supplement the in-class notes. Students should be careful about using random Internet resources because these frequently either don't go into enough detail or go into too much detail, which can make it more difficult for students to get through the required material.

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