A&P study advice needed - page 2

Hi all, I am taking A&P I this summer and just had my first test last week. It was very very hard. I am generally a good student but would like to get advice on best techniques to really learn... Read More

  1. by   Mandarella
    What really helped me honestly was actually being in the lab off hours so I could go over things slowly by myself...I was able to make my own correlations that I understood to help me remember. Good luck!
    Quote from meredithT
    Hi all,

    I am taking A&P I this summer and just had my first test last week. It was very very hard. I am generally a good student but would like to get advice on best techniques to really learn this stuff well and memorize so much too. I realize that I need to increase my study time. I have the coloring books. I am going to buy an additional textbook (like the Incredibly Easy book) because our text is really quite bad - written by one of the profs at this school. My prof doesn't even use it.
    Anything else I'm missing?
    Thanks -
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  3. by   jennielynn
    Wow--these are all great tips! I took A & P I at the local community college because I had to prove to the Nursing Director at my school that I could take a college level course and pass it. This was because I had been out of school for 11 years. It was very hard--plus the professor didn't make it any easier!

    The flash cards really helped alot. Also, Borders books and Barnes & Nobles have some great study material. I also re-wrote my notes several times and made numerous copies of handouts (diagrams) so I could quiz myself. All of these are great ways to drill it into your mind. One thing I didn't take advantage enough of (and I could have) was spending extra time in the lab with the specimens and slides. Having a family at home--I opted to skip that. This time I will take advantage of it; believe me! I say this time, because although I passed A&PI with a B--it's been almost 2 years since I took it and I'm definately taking it again! I just don't feel comfy skipping it and then hopping into A&P II the second semester. Plus, I'm hoping that it will be a different experience since I'll have a professor from a different university this time. The last one was a monster!!

    Good luck!
  4. by   luvbbs
    Quote from redwinggirlie
    Instead of memorizing, try understanding concepts and when it comes to body parts, put your hand on the area and visualize where it is on you. I also taped my study notes and took long walks and runs listening. Can't say I always heard every word, but by the fifth time listening I knew what was coming up next on the tape. Made a world of difference.

    This is a very good idea! I will have to try this for sure. I am taking A&P II online and we have been given many different online sites to help reinforce the information with each chapter. I love to study this stuff!
  5. by   luv2yoga
    You are all so helpful! I got an A on the first test...well, just barely...90%. But that was highest in the class so I don't feel badly at all. Already have another one on Tuesday but I'm doing some things differently this time and I feel more comfortable already. I've got flash cards and I taped myself reading back all my notes and burned it to a CD so now commute time is also study time. I miss NPR but this is not forever! I also got a better textbook at B&N - not the Dummies book, but a real textbook and it is SO much better than the lousy one we have. I think that alone has helped a lot.

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