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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by jaspattack » October 24th, 2019, 8:58 am

eagerlearner102 wrote:
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Do any of you guys have suggestions on how to study Designer Genes? I read the handouts and powerpoints but I quickly forget what the word means. I am not retaining the information.
Personally, I really like outlining and taking notes from textbooks. Just reading over what you need to know isn't going to make the information stick in your brain, and you can add things from your notes to a cheat sheet later on. Taking practice tests (almost like a pre-test) to know what you need to study is another useful tool. Make notes to yourself as you go, and see what you're really struggling with as opposed to what you're just unsure about. Ultimately, think about how you study for a test in class! If flash cards help you, make a Quizlet or something similar. If you need to study with someone, then meet up with your partner (which is something you should do frequently anyway). If you have access to teachers with experience in biology, you can always ask them for help too. If you have an area college, you can reach out to a professor and see if they'd be able to study with you as well.

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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by eagerlearner102 » October 24th, 2019, 5:24 pm

Thanks. I think handouts don't work for me because all the information is summarized.
Textbooks are better.
I think I would do flashcards for very memory based info like the types of genetic diseases or vocabulary.
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by jlamslam » October 27th, 2019, 4:31 pm

are there any changes to the rules this year from last year?

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Post by gz839918 » October 28th, 2019, 5:47 am

jlamslam wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:31 pm
are there any changes to the rules this year from last year?
A few topics that were nationals-only last year have been moved into regionals and states topic, like "pedigree construction and analysis" and "trihybrid crosses." Otherwise, it looks like the same topics, but I haven't read the designer genes rules too closely.
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by eagerlearner102 » October 31st, 2019, 7:31 pm

Also, does designer genes test reproductive technologies under biotech? This is my first year doing designer genes.
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by eagerlearner102 » December 6th, 2019, 8:42 pm

How do you guys memorize everything from genetics? I read a genetics textbook and I forgot most of what I read.
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by gz839918 » December 7th, 2019, 5:29 pm

eagerlearner102 wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 8:42 pm
How do you guys memorize everything from genetics? I read a genetics textbook and I forgot most of what I read.
Take notes. In addition to the 8.5 in×11 in sheet of the notes that you get, make a separate notebook filled with just your general notes. This will let you review the material later on.

Moreover, since you're doing this for SciOly and not a class, remember that it's completely okay if you want to slow down and muse over the ideas in your head. Meaningful is memorable. If something really surprises you ("whoa! I didn't know a gene could parasitize other genes in the same person!"), think about writing it down in a way that you could explain the topic to a friend. If something doesn't make sense, jot down a reminder to look it up later. The thing is, if a topic doesn't mean much to you when reading, it won't mean much to you at a competition. So, the more time you spend thinking about the meaning of the content, the more readily it will remain in your mind.

One final thing I'll say is that I see you're around a lot on the forums. If you love doing SciOly, why not write a test for designer genes? It'll help jog your memory; you'll know what test writers are looking for by doing it yourself; and plus, if you make test questions about topics in genetics you're truly interested in, you can share your love for genetics vicariously through everybody who takes your test :)
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by jaspattack » December 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm

Are different varieties of DNA polymerase tested on at higher levels? I have some info on my note sheet, but am wondering if it's really necessary.
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by Tailsfan101 » December 11th, 2019, 11:04 am

jaspattack wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Are different varieties of DNA polymerase tested on at higher levels? I have some info on my note sheet, but am wondering if it's really necessary.
I would probably just differentiate between DNA polymerases I and III and how they work in DNA synthesis.
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Re: Designer Genes C

Post by jaspattack » December 16th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Tailsfan101 wrote:
December 11th, 2019, 11:04 am
jaspattack wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Are different varieties of DNA polymerase tested on at higher levels? I have some info on my note sheet, but am wondering if it's really necessary.
I would probably just differentiate between DNA polymerases I and III and how they work in DNA synthesis.
That's what I have, so nice! Thanks :D
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