MrMention

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Hello All:

I am not exactly sure if this will help anyone or confuse more, but here is a video that may help some of you in memorizing the 20 Amino Acid. There may be much easier ways, but for anyone who is having trouble with it you may want to watch this video to help you get started.


Best of luck.
 
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tluedeke

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I tend to use mnemonic tricks to make the amino acids easy to remember, although admittedly that might just be my learning style.

For example, my trick for tyrosine is to think "Tyranosaurus had a big head and breathed oxygen .... why?". Tyr for tyrosine, big head and breathed oxygen for a benzene ring with a hydroxyl group, and why for the one-letter abbreviation "Y". It's stupid, unimaginative, and not clever and rated X like most of my mnemonics, but I never, ever forget that stupid amino acid. In terms of polarity and charge, that is just basic chemistry common sense. I do it for other ones as well, like Acid GluE (to remember glutamic acid'd idiotic one-letter abbreviation. Not as clever as some of my ultra dirty, Rated X++ concocted mnemonics, but good enough.

The other thing I do is just get up in the morning, write down all of the standard amino acids, abbreviations, and structures. Then do it again in the evening. A few days of that, and you'll be having amino acid nightmares.
 

StudyLater

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Quizlet flashcards. 20mins. Done.

Know generally how the structures look. Polar v. nonpolar properties is going to be most important.
 

ChrisMack390

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I just drew each AA structure on the front of a notecard and wrote its name, abbreiations, and key features on the back. Went through them about 200 times and now I know them all!