What are common mistakes students make with endocytosis and exocytosis?
Students mix up the words and therefore the meanings of the words because they seem alike.
Biology students must learn the meaning of all these new words that they come across but instead of doing "grunt" work, you need to take the words apart as they will then tell you what they mean.
Let's start with these two: endocytosis and exocytosis.
Endo- = into, -cyto- = cell and -osis = a process. Endocytosis is a process in which a cell takes in.
Exo- = out of + -cyto- = cell and -osis = a process.
Exo- is then added and you will get exocytosis is a process in which a cell takes out.