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Method to Memorize the Parts of Cells and Their Functions

Postby kthom1 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:35 pm

Is there a useful way to memorize the parts of cells and their fuctions? A mnemonic, song to sing, etc... Any help would be appreciated.
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Postby JackBean » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:18 pm

what parts do you mean? Like mitochondria, chloroplast, nucleus etc.?
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Postby biohazard » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:23 pm

In my opinion, a picture or a schematic cross section of a cell is by far the best way to remember the cell components. Once you've studied the image well enough, you can easily form a mental picture of the cell and it's insides afterwards.

Is there a particular reason why it has to be a non-visual thing?

If not, google a couple of images of cells and cellular organelles and memorize them. After all, there are not that many main components of a cell and they are quite easy to memorize.
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Postby JackBean » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:14 pm

not everybody has good visual memory, so pictures don't have to be the best choice for him.
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Postby biohazard » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:22 pm

And that is why I said 'in my opinion' and also asked if there was a specific reason for a verbal version.

Even if someone had a poor visual memory, a schematic view can definitely help to understand the big picture, and understanding something usually greatly increases the chances of remembering it.

If you have a verbal list of all the organelles of a cell, well it only gets you so far :)

Like, if you need to answer a question "what are the organelles inside a cell?" you might just pull it with a rhyming organelle-poem, but if you are asked "what are they and what they do?" then you should probably have a mental image to get the things right. Or have a really good organelle song...

Of course the original poster may be teaching blind children, for example, in which case I unfortunately cannot help.
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Postby kthom1 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:41 am

I am just trying to figure out the easiest way to memorize 60+ vocabular words for all the parts of a cell and their functions for Biology 101. No blind kids involved.
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