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Anybody out there have some good tips on memorizing all the biochemical pathways besides just drilling everyday? Any resources or tricks you guys had would be helpful.
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Yeah, i ditto the last response. The best way to memorize pathways is to write down the substrates, products, cofactors and enzyme names for every reaction. If there is a specific electron pusing mechanism that you can write out, visualizing the molecules will help you understand the pathway as well.


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Use a large blackboard to write out a pathway of interest.

Step back, enjoy.


Now redraw the thing from memory. See what you miss. Fill in.

Step back




Biochem is really not that hard. Once you get past hating it for the amount of time that it takes to memorize pathways, you will start to appreciate how everything actually makes sense.


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Biochem is extremely logical. Reactions can be predicted by arrow pushing, etc.

Just remember, biochemistry is very little memorization. Once you accept that, the logic underlying biochem will come to you, and then everything will come to you rapidly.


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One assignment that we had in my class was to take a very big piece of posterboard and draw out all of the biochemical reactions taking place, in order to see the connections. It's pretty tedious, but it's really informative.

Unfortunately, there's no simple way around the memorizing, especially if your class covers plant/fungi biochemistry (ogg....plants:( ).
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