Studying – the membrane transport model

I can’t believe how quickly September has gone by.

I seem to be getting over my cold – I thought this last weekend, before it came back with a vengeance 🙁  Practically everyone I know is ill at the moment, and I think that most students will be feeling rubbish at some point in their university career, especially after a night in the union!  Although it is ridiculously tempting to skip lectures when you’re feeling rubbish because nobody will check your attendance or chase you up, it’s usually best to try and make it. There will probably be times that you do miss things, but I thought I’d share my top tips on how to work through the coughs, colds and hangovers (they’ve helped me survive so far!)

Disclaimer – this is not a medical or professional opinion, definitely visit your GP for medical advice.

  • Morning: Cuppa tea with honey
  • Take to uni: Tissues, cough sweets, water, painkillers, vaseline, lots of snacks and everything you need for the whole day
  • Don’t go home for lunch, you will get way too comfortable!
  • Evening: Cuppa tea, cough syrup, early night
  • For a hangover, replace cough syrup/sweets with some type of alka seltzer/ resolve. (I’ve also found that effervescent vit C is quite a good cure, basically fizzy = good!)

The studying transport model – why attending lectures is important

I like to think that just by going to lectures, the information can diffuse into my brain. Now I have been told this is not the case, but logically if the lecturer has all the information (high concentration), I have a wee bit of information (low concentration), clearly it should just flow. Therefore resulting in passive learning.

Of course it’s better to actually listen, engage and take notes in a lecture. This is like opening channels, allowing bigger pieces of information in, and more of a facilitated learning process. Generally uses effort (energy), but still having the benefit of a downhill gradient.

Not attending lectures means that all learning must occur through active transport against a concentration gradient. Much more difficult process.  Usually requires a tonne of energy, late nights, caffeine, stress…

Then when all the information is in the brain it’s important to revise because it naturally wants to diffuse away. Therefore you need to work against a concentration gradient to replenish the information, which is why eating is really important for revision.

Clearly I have just been writing up cell transport lectures, but I thought I would share my thoughts…

Kayleigh 🙂

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