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What genetics text did you use?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by WonderBoy, Oct 10, 2002.

  1. WonderBoy

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2001
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    I am prepping for the april mcats, I know its far away. However, i just wanted focus of my weakness for the moment, specifically genetics.

    I have never been really able to get it down especially stuff like mendenlian genetics, family charts. So if anyone can recommend a good genetics textbook I could read in the text few months it would be greatly appreciated. I would take a genetics course, however I am having a hard time finding one in my area.

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  3. tBw

    tBw totally deluded
    7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2001
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    hmmm, my alter ego "wonderboy" - if you have trouble with mendelian genetics the solution is most definitely not to go looking for a more thorough or complicated genetics book, but to go back to your basic intro biology book and read about it again there. You need to understand it at the level of Campbell's Biology (Did you use that text for gen. bio? most people that I know, did) before attempting more sophisticated stuff.

    That's probably not what you wanted to hear though :)

    Besides, regardless of what people here say, I don't believe you need a genetics course to do well on the MCAT (and yes, I know people will argue with me on that one...)
  4. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2002
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    Medical Student
    i actually agree wholeheartedly, boy wonder. if you have campbell's fifth edition, seriously all the genetics you need to know is in a good intro book, probably even with the threat of "more genetics" on the 2003 test.

    if you take a prep course, you'll review all that stuff in sufficient detail. no need to take an extra class or buy and extra book

    now human phys, THAT might be a different story.........
  5. i agree with everyone
    thinking back to aug test...
    and those crazy genetics passages
    i wouldnt have done too well even if i had a textbook on my lap..

    i've learned that mcats is all about
    being able to apply what youve learned (BASIC INTRO MATERIAL)
    to things in passages...

    u dont need to mmemorize a textbook to do well...

    everyone says its all about practicing problems and tons of them

    i think my mistake was that i tried to memorize needless details
    cuz i thought it would help me answer the question...
    but it doesnt
    it just bogs u down more...

    next mcat
    i will spend more time doing problems and less time reading the material over and over again...

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