A Comprehensive Break Down of Nephron Functioning into Six Easy Steps!

Posted by Eden on 2/23/17 10:34 AM

The nephron is the kidney’s smallest functional unit. It works to ensure that the urine you excrete leaves your body in the correct volume and concentration. This is a complicated process, but once you master it, it is exciting to understand this important function of the human body! Here is a labeled diagram of a nephron followed by a general overview of the process:

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AP Bio Exam Question Breakdown : Biotechnology Tools

Posted by Sandra on 2/6/17 6:43 PM

The AP Biology exam for 2017 is set for the morning of Monday May 8th. So it’s that time of the year again to begin reviewing past concepts and doing practice exams.

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Tips and Mnemonics for Memorizing Amino Acid Structures

Posted by Eden on 1/18/17 6:31 PM

Learning amino acid structures is a challenging part of biology and biochemistry coursework. Many students feel totally overwhelmed by the task. The best way to master this skill is lots of repetition (here is a link to a Sporcle quiz that may help you with the repetition part) but it can be helpful to have tricks and mnemonics to get you started. Below is a chart with some mnemonics and tricks that I have collected over the years-hopefully this will be a good jumping off point for your amino acid mastery!

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Question Breakdown: How to Solve a 6 Grid-In Question on the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Sandra on 11/2/16 6:00 PM

On the AP Bio exam, there will be 6 grid-in questions that will require you to do some math. Yes, math. These questions will require you to do some simple calculations and thus you are only allowed a four-function calculator to do addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. That being said I’ll breakdown an example grid-in question to familiarize students with the type of questions they may be asked.

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Question Breakdown: Real AP Biology Exam Solutions

Posted by Sandra on 9/21/16 7:30 PM

The AP Biology Exam date has been set for Monday, May 8, 2017. Beginning at 8 am that morning, everything you learned over the course of the year will be tested with 63 multiple choice, 6 grid-in and 8 free response questions. Although the AP exam seems far off, it’s a good idea to master the basics now and set a good foundation off which to build future knowledge. That being said Question 4 on the 2016 AP exam is a good starting point.

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Odor Perception on the AP Biology Exam

Posted by Sandra on 3/25/16 9:30 AM

 

Last year, AP Biology students did a great job applying their math skills to the test. On average, 55% of math related question were answered correctly compared to 35% in 2013! That’s great news but there were still many questions that students struggled with such as free response Question 7 about odor perception.  This question gave students a particularly tough time with 70% of students earning 0 out of 3 possible points. So, let’s break this question down and review neuronal signaling. 

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How to Study for AP Biology – a General Method

Posted by Kisha Clune on 3/7/16 9:00 AM

When I was in high school, it was actually my AP Calculus teacher who gave me this AP Bio study tip. I used it with great success that year in AP Bio, and it continued to serve me well throughout college as I majored in molecular biology.

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How to Study for Biology: 10 Failsafe Tips

Posted by Sarah Eberle on 4/29/15 11:00 AM

Here’s how to keep all the bio you learn in your brain

Many students find biology courses difficult because there is just so much content covered!  Though biology isn’t easy, any student can succeed in a biology course with a little organization and a commitment to reviewing the course material for about 10-45 minutes almost every day.  After years of being a student myself and years of classroom teaching and biology tutoring experience, I have found if you’re struggling in bio, whether in high school or college, the following ten tips never fail to help you bring your grades up! Good luck!

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What is the Warburg Effect?

Posted by Corinne Carland on 4/13/15 9:50 AM

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Biology Tutor: Breaking Down Cellular Respiration and the Krebs Cycle

Posted by Entela Nako on 5/21/14 1:05 PM

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