As a parent, it can be very concerning when your child comes up to you to say that they’re not interested in what they’re studying now, right?
Worse still, your child’s lack of interest might heavily affect their grades
So, what should you do when your child comes up to you and says “Dad/Mum, I’m learning biology in school now and I’ve no interest in it. Why am I being forced to learn it?”
Don’t get stumped when you hear these questions, let’s find out how to answer these questions today!
What is Biology?
Biology is the study of living organisms and life processes.
It’s a compulsory subject that is offered to lower secondary school students for them to gain exposure to different fields in science.
Biology is broken down into different disciplines such as;
- Biomedical Science
- Molecular Biology
Biology taught in secondary school generally contains all the basics of the disciplines mentioned.
Why should Students Study Biology?
Biology revolves around our daily lives, it’s taught so that students get an in-depth understanding about the world’s natural processes.
It allows students to gain a better understanding about their body, the purpose of each organ we’re born with and how our systems work.
Apart from learning about our bodily functions, Biology also teaches us about the environment and ecosystem. An example would be the animal food chain.
Any animal missing from the food chain can have a severe impact on the environment, potentially causing several species of animals to go extinct.
An example of such an incident would be the extinction of the Sumatran Tiger.
The Sumatran tiger went extinct due to deforestation which not only took away its habitat but also its source of food.
Without access to prey, the Sumatran tigers slowly lost their source of food and became extinct.
This may not have happened if students were exposed to learning Biology from a young age. It might spark an interest in them and nurture them to become more environment-conscious.
Furthermore, some of these students may even embark in careers related to Biology when they grow up!
Benefits of Studying Biology
Now that I’ve gone through the definition of Biology and why students should learn it, let me share with you some of the benefits of studying this wonderful subject.
1. Biology is More Hands-on
Is your child a kinesthetic learner who prefers to learn through more physical means?
If so, Biology might just be the subject for him/her.
Biology is a great subject to learn for someone who likes to get involved during lesson time.
An example of an activity which students will be engaged in during Biology classes would be going to the school laboratory to use the microscopes to look at living cells.
Such activities widen your child’s experiences and might allow them to further develop an interest in this subject!
2. Learn About Your Own Body
I’m sure your child knows all the basics of staying alive in general, but learning Biology allows them to learn more in-depth stuff like how the cells in their body react when they are plagued with illness.
When learning Biology, your child will also learn how temperature affects their body and what is the optimum temperature for humans.
For example, according to Healthhub, anybody with a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius is considered to have a fever.
And a body temperature below 36 degrees Celsius is considered to be too low.
Hence the optimum body temperature for humans would be between 36 to 37.4 degree Celsius.
Learning Biology equips your child with knowledge about their own body, which gives them a better understanding of themselves.
Of course, they will learn much more about themselves in terms of their body and bodily functions as well.
Who doesn’t want to know more about themselves?
3. Learn About Plants
Do you know why there are so many trees in Singapore?
It’s because trees and plants play an important role in keeping the Earth healthy by reducing pollution.
How nice right?
If your child is a plant lover, Biology is the perfect subject for them to learn more about their passion.
Biology will equip them with knowledge from what plants are to what nutrients it needs to grow healthily.
They’ll grow up to become more environmentally-conscious, and might even become a research scientist, botanist or insectologist!
4. Gain Answers to The Questions You Have About Life
If your child is someone who is extremely curious and often wonder about “Where did humans come from?” “Who created humans?”, the knowledge from Biology may help!
Biology is a study that can answer many such questions.
Due to the broad nature of this subject, it covers many aspects of life, from humans to animals to plants to tiny bacteria that the naked human eye can’t see.
5. Various Career Paths
Being an extremely broad subject, studying Biology opens up several career paths for post-Biology graduates in industries such as,
- And many more!
Being a Biology graduate opens up a lot of job opportunities for your child. Career options such as being a zoologist or botanist may come to fruition! If your child loves animals or plants, this may be a great pathway to success!
If your child is someone who loves to teach, he/she can consider being a Biology teacher or tutor and pass down all his/her valuable knowledge to the next generation!
I hope the content in this article is able to perk up your child’s interest in Biology and persuade them to study it.
Biology may not seem hugely popular now, but it make help your child if they are interested in a career in life sciences!
You can consider hiring a Private Biology Tutor from SmileTutor to help your child learn more about the wonders of Biology!
Thank you for reading!
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