I took A&P I in a condensed 7-week term (which was crazy) and I'm taking A&P II with Nursing (also crazy). Lots of people failed out, but I'm one of the few who's gotten only A's and here's how:
1. Ditch your highlighter and 3 by 5 cards. Highlighting only slows you down, and everything in the reading is important anyway. Flash cards are for memorizing terms, but A&P is mostly about understanding concepts. People who are flunking my class right now are all highlighter and flash card addicts.
2. Come to class alert and stay alert. Take it seriously like it's your job.
3. Take good notes. Write down what the teacher is saying, even if you know the info is in the book. The teacher will say things in plain english, which makes the material easier to understand when you're studying later.
4. Mark up your book. You'll need it in Nursing so don't worry about the resale value. When the professor is explaining a paragraph, diagram or illustration in the book, you should be writing all over it, in the marigin, etc.
5. Engage as many senses as possible. YouTube has lots if amazing videos to help with A&P concepts. Record yourself reading your notes and listen to it in the car. Draw yourself pictures. Talk to yourself out loud while studying, explain things to yourself. Get creative. (I made myself comic strips to remember some of the harder concepts.) Use the interactive CD that comes with the book. The more senses you can use to study, the better. You have to figure out how you learn and what works best for you.
6. Realize that everything you're learning is important. Don't do like some who roll their eyes saying, "When will I ever use this as a nurse?" You need to know it all and it will all come back again and again.
A&P was the first science class I had taken in over a decade, and I'd gotten C's in science in high school. Now I love it and feel like I really get it. If I can do it, anyone can with the right attitude and dedication. It's really fun, enjoy!
P.S. Sorry for the novel!