Tips and mnemonics for memorizing amino acid structures

biology chemistry high school academics
By Eden

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!

Let's get started!

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Moving right along...

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And of course, you can't forget...

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Last, but not least!

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Now you have complete access to THE definitive study key on amino acids!