Study Tips for Micro 470, Basic Immunology
Shared by Allied Sciences students
The best study tip is to learn the 20 amino acids right away, including things like whether or not
they are non-polar/polar, hydrophobic/hydrophilic; their structure, their three-letter and one-letter
symbols. I would suggest making flash cards and reviewing them until you learn them.
--Casey, Medical Laboratory Science
I think what helped me most in Immunology was reading the chapters in the book, as well as
attending all of the lectures. Reading the material in the book helped to reinforce the information
the professor had given during lecture and helped clear up anything that wasn't obvious to me to
begin with. The online quizzes that were posted also helped, because they were similar to the
types of questions that were asked during the exams.
--Britta, Medical Laboratory Science
Draw out and label the parts/sections of an antibody and know their functions. Rewrite the terms
in your own words to make sense of them. The names are not intuitive (MHC4, MHC8, CD17,
etc.) so try to relate them to Innate/Cell Mediated/Humoral Immunity and diagram their
functions with other components as you learn them (like a character tree) - This is really helpful
when you get to exams and especially the final. Go to class and ask questions. There are lots of
videos available (You Tube & others). Watch them to get an idea; they are also useful in writing
the terms/functions in different terms to understand.
--Aaron, Pre-Medical Laboratory Science
In Immunology the topics are intertwined and build on one another. It is therefore very
important to understand the materials before you go to the next topic. I took my own notes and
then summarized important ideas on the sides of my notes as I read through the study material.
More importantly, I would often space out my studying time, tackling one topic at a time. This
helped me absorb a good chunk of the material before the exam. The book has images and tables
that contain a lot of details. The teacher gives out study guides that are helpful. Study and
understand the material ahead of time; that will save you a lot of time and energy.
--Nassir, Medical Laboratory Science