I passed Excelsior Anatomy and Physiology!!

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    I studied for about 7 weeks, with about 6 weeks of actual study (when I minus out holidays and family events) and passed with a B!! Very excited!

    I used the StudyGuide 101 guide, VangoNotes audio study material (awesome!), Mosby's Anatomy & Physiology Study and Review Cards, Excelsior practice exams, and good old Google for info I didn't understand via the other methods!

    I must say, I thought the test was tough. I test well and was counting on that helping me out with my shortened study time but that test was definitely to be respected. Lots of deductive reasoning involved. But, for only 6 weeks of study, I'm thrilled with my score.

    I thought the SG101 stuff was great, especially for the money. The guides are great. In my opinion most of the other supplemental stuff they give you is worthless. Links that don't work, missing info. I even found quite a few incorrect answers on some of the practice exams they give you. But, that's okay. That's not what I bought it for. The study guides themselves were great.

    I used the study guides as the basis for my study. I would record myself reading them out loud using a high quality voice recorder and then listen to them while I was on my way to and from work. I found that to be very effective at helping me retain the info. For some reason, I think hearing your OWN voice is much more effective than having someone else read them for you.

    The VangoNotes were GREAT for learning some of the more difficult topics. They used great analogies and explained things in a very simple method. Definitely would recommend them.

    The Excelsior practice exams, as others have stated, were priceless in terms of the knowledge you can gleen from them!

    I picked up the Mosby's cards from Barnes and Noble. I was looking for some kind of flash cards that were pre-made. I really did NOT want to make my own, even though I realize the benefits of the kinesthetic learning from righting things down. These cards were great because they were so much MORE than flash cards. They are full out review cards! They have great illustrations and can test you on an entire system (e.g. cell organelles, bones of the scull) on one card. So each card is like 20 flash cards and there's 320 cards in the set. A LOT of info. The illustrations are beautiful and very helpful. Really helped me with the visual learning.

    So, all in all, a pretty good experience. I absolutely LOVED studying for this. Anat and Phys is fascinating to me! I honestly could not get home quick enough some days to get studying! (except for the urinary system... I hated that one! Remind me to never go into Urology! Ha! )

    Thanks for all your support!
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    Moved to distance learning forum for more of a response.
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    Thanks Medic2RN
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    Great job! A&P was the first EC exam I took, and I was thrilled with my B! That was back in the day before SG101, unfortunately. Big fan of SG101.

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    what is sg101? I am struggling with AP
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    Yep. reebokHCFR is right. A group of nurses who published their study guides for Excelsior exams. Pretty helpful.
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    they are very good and they're much more than just some people's study guides.

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    ummm. ok. are you getting defensive here? did i in some way insult you or them by calling them study guides? isn't that what you called them as well?

    they are, simply, study guides. this should not be misrepresented. they published their outlines and added some info to use for supplementary study. most of which, might i add, either doesn't work or is illegible. don't get me wrong, i am a big fan of sg101. i used their outlines solely for a&p and passed after a month (roughly). their price can not be beat and i am very grateful for their product.

    but please don't spin them as more than they are. they are "some people's" study guides. they are not a course. they are not a text book. they are designed to help you study. that's what a study guide is and that is all they claim to be.

    i would advise to use the outlines. in my experience, most of the supplemental stuff, unfortunately, doesn't add much. they take powerpoint slides and condense them to the point that the text is no longer rendered legible. they don't understand how pdfs work so they give you pages of "links" in pdf files that won't work because they aren't actually linked. they are just words, in blue, that are underlined. for example. i have provided this feedback to the group in hopes they can fix it because i hate to see such a great product and service devalued by simple technology issues.

    so, reebokhcfr, i'm not sure what your post was trying to accomplish, but please don't try to make things more than they are. or, for that matter, more than they even claim to be.

    as for sg101? i think they are an awesome group of people who wanted to help other nursing students by sharing the hard work they have done. many thanks!
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    yes I read that as less than they are. some people publishing their personal study guides for their personal study habits from whenever they took the class is not what they are. they are study guides made for the classes that research the recommended texts and follow the content outlines so you don't have to. they are also not just designed to help you study, but to be the sole resource to use and pass for your exam(s), as noted in the link I posted.
    So, ProVisionColor, please know the point of my post was to make sure people are aware of what they are, because when I was trying to decide what resource to use for my classes, reading your post (#6) would have turned me off of sg101, and I would hate for that to happen to someone.

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