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Best Way to Self-Study Biochem?

  1. NathanielZhu profile image84
    NathanielZhuposted 5 years ago

    I am currently self-studying biochem since High School is over.
    I am using the Biochemistry 5th Edition by Berg downloaded in pdf format. Whenever I come across something new to me, I highlight it and then come back later to review it.

    Would that be the best to learn biochem or do you know of a better way

  2. NathanielZhu profile image84
    NathanielZhuposted 5 years ago


    1. mathsciguy profile image60
      mathsciguyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Greetings again, NathanielZhu, after a long hiatus.
      I think that your method is just fine.  Research shows, though, that you should also sleep very soon after learning something new.  Psychologists will explain this as something to do with how your brain processes memory, but I don't ink they know why any more than I do.  All I know is that the effect is there, no idea about the cause, though.
      Try it and see if it helps!

  3. phcooper profile image76
    phcooperposted 5 years ago

    Hello! It may be easier to have a text book in hand, but if it doesn't work for you to do that, write down important terms, ideas, and how concepts connect to each other. In a separate place or with cards, make a list of things to memorize and make flash cards (if you memorize well with these) or practice these things frequently. Organic and Biochemistry are interesting subjects in that they have concept -- method and procedure-- and memory  (including how those procedures connect) topics. When you are studying a chapter, first find out what the key terms you need to know from that chapter and previous chapters. Then read, and review. Try to note what the main ideas and concepts are. Sometimes there is a chapter summary, review, or headings that help. Then figure out how the terms relate to each other, if they do; if not, then don't worry about it. The main thing in biochemistry is figuring out what does what and how it does it, and structure of molecules -- what makes up sugar, for instance, and how does it differ from other similar molecules? Also, if there is anything about enzymes and rate, or other conceptual items, explain the concept to yourself or a friend or even a poster. It sounds strange, but may help. Best wishes!!

  4. NathanielZhu profile image84
    NathanielZhuposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I'll try them out.
    I find that I often lag on a single page when studying. Sometimes I stay on the same page for over 20 minutes which is a problem because there's so much to get through.