ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips For TCA (Tri-Carboxylic Acid) Cycle Revision For Students of Biochemistry

Updated on October 7, 2012

Buy Biochemistry Textbooks On Amazon

Smut, Mnemonics And The TCA Cycle

Are you in your first year of a biochemistry degree, or just doing a biochemistry module as part of another science degree? You’re probably just getting to grips with the TCA cycle if so. The TCA cycle is how eukaryotic organisms produce energy (ATP) from molecules of glucose. If you’re a big-foreheaded genius bod then it probably won’t pose you any problems. If you’re anything like the rest of us then you may sigh and wince a bit at the thought of having to commit chunks of it to memory in order to answer related exam questions or assignment problems. What you're probably really looking for is the citric acid cycle for dummies or some such equivalent!




Biochemistry Links For Biochemistry Students

* Chem4Kids.com: Biochemistry

Chem4Kids.com! The web site that teaches the basics of chemistry to everyone!

* Biochemical Society

Biochemical Society Home Page

* Seth's Blog

Seth Godin's riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread.



Making Mnemonics

So what to do, if you want to truly master the involutions and complexities of the cycle (also known as the Krebs or Szent-Györgyi-Krebs cycle). It doesn’t take a master of study technique to come up with the notion of creating a mnemonic – but what mnemonic?



During my first year exams I produced my own, the better to allow me to retain and reproduce the steps of the TCA cycle. I would love to reproduce it here for your use: unfortunately there was barely a word of it that was suitable for reproduction on a family blog or site. Because that’s the secret – or at least my secret. A filthy, smut-ridden mnemonic is INSTANTLY and ineradicably memorable! (Even if you could never possibly repeat it to your maiden auntie Hilda. And especially if she features in it.)

No, I’m definitely not going to be reproducing that concise rhyming little tale of filth and depravity for your eddification and assistance here. I don’t think Google would appreciate it, for a start. But I’m pretty sure most of you could come up with your own.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of producing your own mnemonic, just put ‘mnemonic’ and ‘TCA’ and maybe ‘biochemistry’ into a search engine and you’ll be submerged in them. All you have to do at that point is pick one. I think the main trouble with this is that a personalised mnemonic is just so much more memorable. If you can get your most embarrassing nickname in there somehow, that’s memorable, right? Your cat’s name, your favourite book or band, a reference to a TV show you never miss… these are things that aren’t going to slip your mind.

If you can mentally set it to music that’s good too. Associating an Abba tune (or Nickelback, or Neil Diamond, whatever) with the rhythm of the cycle means you can hum the tune and it can kick off a chain of memory in your head.

My next hub, maybe I’ll produce a (smut-free!) version of a personalised TCA cycle mnemonic, show you how it’s done!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)