How to get ready for the USABO Semifinals 2018

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Congratulations to everyone who qualified for the USABO Semifinals 2018!

Congratulations to all of those who did not qualify, too – you did a great job and gained a lot of experience for the following years! Keep up the good work and you will qualify next year. ūüėČ

Many students are wondering what the best way to prepare for the USABO semifinals is. To those who are trying to prepare for semis, keep in mind an important date:¬†April 9 to 13, 2018.¬†This means you’ve got only two weeks and your preparation should be very focussed. I built a study schedule and I am sharing key links to crucial study resources for USABO.

 

Animal Anatomy and Physiology: 25%

Human physiology notes

Zoology notes

 

Cell Biology: 20%

5-07SC Biochemistry from MIT Opencourseware

Review Module I, Module II and Module III

7.06 Cell Biology  

Review ‘Exam‘ and ‘Study Material‘ sections

Cell Biology

Review these topics

Lecture Online Link Essential Cell Biology (3rd edn pages, new page numbering for 4th edn)  
1 Cell Biology Introduction Chapter 1 Introduction to Cells pp1-38  
2 Cells Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes Chapter 1 Introduction to Cells pp1-38  
3 Cell Membranes and Compartments Chapter 11 Membrane Structure pp363-386, Chapter 12 Membrane Transport 387-424, Chapter 15 Intracellular Compartments and Transport 495-530  
4 Cell Nucleus Chapter 5 DNA and Chromosomes pp171-196  
5 Cell Export РExocytosis Chapter 15 pp514-518  
6 Cell Import РEndocytosis Chapter 15 pp522-529  
7 Cell Mitochondria Chapter 14 Energy Generation in Mitochondria and Chloroplast pp453-492  
8 Cell Junctions Chapter 20 Cellular Communities:Tissues, Stem Cells, and Cancer РEpithelial Sheets and Cell Junctions pp700-705  
9 Cytoskeleton Introduction Chapter 17 Cytoskeleton pp571-608  
10 Cytoskeleton 1 Intermediate Filaments Chapter 17 Cytoskeleton РIntermediate Filaments pp571-576  
11 Cytoskeleton 2 Microtubules Chapter 17 Cytoskeleton РMicrotubules pp577-589  
12 Cytoskeleton 3 Microfilaments Chapter 17 Cytoskeleton РMicrofilaments pp590-598  
13 Extracellular Matrix 1 Chapter 20 Cellular Communities:Tissues, Stem Cells, and Cancer РExtracellular Matrix and Connective Tissues pp690-699  
14 Extracellular Matrix 2 Chapter 20 Cellular Communities:Tissues, Stem Cells, and Cancer РExtracellular Matrix and Connective Tissues pp690-699  
15 Cell Cycle Chapter 18 The Cell Division Cycle РOverview of the Cell Cycle pp609-624  
16 Cell Division Chapter 18 The Cell Division Cycle РMitosis pp625-634, Cytokinesis pp634-638  
17 Cell Death 1 Chapter 18 The Cell Division Cycle РControl of Cell Number pp638-647  
18 Cell Death 2 Chapter 18 The Cell Division Cycle РControl of Cell Number pp638-647  
19 Signal 1 Chapter 16 Cell Communication pp531-570  
20 Signal 2 Chapter 16 Cell Communication pp531-570
 
Genetics and Evolution: 20%

7.03 MIT Open Course

Review ‘Lecture notes‘, ‘Assignments‘ (review only solutions as you won’t have time to do problems), and ‘Exams‘ section

Evolution notes

 
Plant Anatomy and Physiology: 15%

Plants revision table

Plant anatomy

Plant reproduction

Floral formulas

Key definitions

Dicots & Monocots

Stem & Root Modifications

Plant anatomy 

Protists

Protists 2

Fungi

 

Ecology: 10%

Ecology notes

 

Ethology: 5%

Ethology notes

 

Biosystematics: 5%

Classification List

Systematics Complete

TaxonomyCheatSheet

Insect classification

Organism diversity handout

 

Further resources:

Last minute revision notes 

Biolympiads question bank РTo practice biology olympiad-type questions

Biolympiads Semifinal mock exam РTo score your knowledge before the real semis

 
For Top 20 camp and for Semis

Only if you have time review problem solutions:

7.012

7.013 Spring 2006

7.013 Spring 2013

7.014

7.016

 

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