Treatment of biochemistry begins with discussion of amino acids & protein structure. If biochemistry were a language, then the amino acids would be the vocabulary of the language. Each amino acid has a different personality. After you become familiar with the chemical properties of each amino acid as you progress in biochemistry review begin always looking for instances in where you can broaden your understanding of how each individual amino acid behaves in unique ways in enzyme activity or as intermediates in biochemical pathways. It's important for effective learning to develop themes that can give structure to your biochemical knowledge base. Seeing each particular amino acid as a learning project in itself can be really helpful.
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Conceptual Vocabulary for Amino Acids & Protein Structure