How to Memorize Periodic Table Trends
How to Memorize the Periodic Trends
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There are typically 1-2 MCAT questions about periodic trends: you don't want to miss these easy-money points.
Many people - however - miss these questions, because they don't invest the half hour necessary to truly test if they have a grasp on these concepts. The beauty of learning the periodic trends are multifaceted:
They not only assist with direct questions concerning Basicity, Electromagnetism, Electron Affinity, First and Second Ionization Energies, and Acidity; they moreover reinforce your comprehension of Chemistry concepts - saving tremendous heartache later on in Foundational Concept 5.
This Scotch Laminating Sleeve is from the same supplies we use in the highly recommended Eternalizing Study Notes Journey. Instead of wasting money buying transparency film, we thought it best to promote getting more mileage from materials serving dual purpose. If you are against our study methods: feel free to get this transparency film instead.
MCAT Official Periodic Table
This is the exact Periodic Table of Elements the AAMC gives you, except in physical form. Studying with Test Day material not only prepares you for true conditions: it is a helpful transition into the electronic testing format.
You can download the image we provide or get it by creating your own AAMC account and accessing your Practice Material.
On the actual exam, you will be able to access the table as one of several keyboard shortcuts.
If you are against the pictured use of plastic, BPA-filled water: I highly recommend using filtered water by Brita. This is not only helpful in this tutorial - used for wiping off the transparency - but also for keeping energy levels steady.
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① CREATE a transparency
In the real exam
this transparency will be
in your mind.
you can recycle lamination scraps
to make a timeless study tool.
② PRINT the mcat periodic table
③ DRAW the trends
Motor memory is the
best way to ensure “you still have it”.
*Take your time.
(You won’t have it on the MCAT)
*Draw them quickly:
if you don’t know it, you don’t know it.
*The best mnemonic for MCAT Periodic Trends
we have encountered is “BEAR“:
Basicity, Electronegativity, Electron Affinity, Ionization Energy,
Acidicity, and Atomic Radius.
*Each corner represents
the highest within a certain trends.
④ MATCH the name with the concepts
Mnemonics are useless without depth.
*Only look at this as a memorization exercise.
*Take the time to understand concepts.
(Now it’s ok to take some time).
*Unless it’s named after a dead person,
almost always just mean what they say.
MCAT Periodic Trends are more
than just mnemonics.
*Ioniza+ion energy = energy it takes
to make an atom a more positive ion
(take away an electron)
⑥ DRAW the mcat periodic trends again
⑦ PRACTICE with the keyboard shortcut
This begins your transition
to the mnemonic’s application.
Not only are you familiarizing yourself
with the actual exam environment:
you will know what to do
when you encounter a question
asking about MCAT periodic trends.
*Be ambitious with your habits.
*Watch the shortcut video
and try on a real problem set.
Reading this tutorial is meant
to save time otherwise wasted asking
“how do I study”.
Now that you know this: do it quickly.
⑧ APPLY on a practice exam
This step is critical: a true application
of the Periodic Trends Mnemonic.
The actual exam may throw in curveballs
like ions. Know what to do in these situations!
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