Anatomy--first day

  1. I had my first day of anatomy yesterday. OH MY LORD!!
    I had two hours of lecture and two hours of lab. I do have to admit that I learned a great deal about the different systems. But when we got to the discussion about tissues and how to identify whether they are simple, or stratified. I am totally lost! I am going to try and look on the internet and see if I can find different types of tissues to help me out.
    On Monday, I start with Micro. I am wandering if I can handle them both.
    Does anybody have any advice for me once again.
    Hissy ^..^
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   nursing 101
    Study, study and study... Wow you took on 2 major classes!
    Anatomy is not that bad just pure memorization. Some of it will make sense after the semester...lol!
    Micro is a little bit tougher but can be fun!
    Good luck!
  4. by   Jayne LPN
    ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT DOES GET EASIER JUST STUDY, STUDY, STUDY.....IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT IN THE END >
  5. by   Browneyedgirl
    For me, anatomy was much more than just memorization. My instructor worded test questions so that you had to understand how the systems worked in relation to each other.

    Does your book have a website? If not, Hole's Anatomy & Physiology has a great learning sit4e with several different animations, practice tests, etc. Also, drawing the different tissues can help.


    Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   HISSYTHECAT
    Thanks guys for the help. Maybe my problem is just not know how to really study. I used the tape recorder and I listened to it at home and could not believe what all I missed.
    I will try my best.
    Thanks guys
    Hissy ^..^
  7. by   PennyLane
    Hissy--The histology unit of A&P is hard. I suggest familiarizing yourself with the slides your school has in the lab, as they will be the ones used for your lab practicals. You may want to ask your instructor to sit down with you at the microscope and point out the major landmarks. When we got to the circulatory system, for example, we only had slides for a few different disorders. We had a lot of sickle cell anemia slides, and the professor really stressed how the RBCs look with this disease. Sure enough, a sickle cell slide was on the exam.

    Sometimes just asking your instructor what you will need to know for the exam really helps. If you have a good instructor, s/he will want you to do well, and will help you decipher what you see under the microscope. I've never been very good with microscopes and slides, but by paying attention to what the instructor was saying, I was able to get As on all my lab exams.

    Good luck!
  8. by   vettech
    Originally posted by HISSYTHECAT
    I had my first day of anatomy yesterday. OH MY LORD!!
    I had two hours of lecture and two hours of lab. I do have to admit that I learned a great deal about the different systems. But when we got to the discussion about tissues and how to identify whether they are simple, or stratified. I am totally lost! I am going to try and look on the internet and see if I can find different types of tissues to help me out.
    On Monday, I start with Micro. I am wandering if I can handle them both.
    Does anybody have any advice for me once again.
    Hissy ^..^
    Actually, you'd be suprised at how much Anatomy and Micro overlap. I took AP2 and Micro last Spring. One day I walked out of Anatomy after hearing a lecture on the immune system and 10 mins later sat through virtually the same lecture in Micro.

    As far as simple vs stratified - simple is one cell thick, stratified is multiple layers. If you have any other specific questions, feel free to PM me - I aced both classes and will be glad to help.
  9. by   vettech
  10. by   Momto2Boys
    Here is an informative website:

    http://science.nhmccd.edu/biol/ap1.html
  11. by   SirJohnny
    HISSYTHECAT & OTHERS:

    - I too am taking anatomy & physiology I this semester. Also holding down two computer jobs as well (60 hours/week).

    - I plain and simple study for 2 hours in the AM, and and 2 hours in the PM. Of this, I do writeups/reading for 30 min and 210 min I spend in memorization mode. On the weekends, I do 3 hours in the AM and 3 hours in the PM for memorization each on Sat and Sunday.

    ---------

    - I use a laptop instead of paper & pencil.

    - I like to watch trains, so I will put up 2 or 3 webcams and then everytime I see a train (about every 10 min), I bring up a blank wordpad document and do a brain dump.

    - When I go to take exams, as soon as I get my paper, I do a brain dump on the back.

    - It's crazy. But I want out of this office cubicle life so bad, that I am willing to put up with the craziness.

    - Hope this helps.

    John Coxey
    (jpcoxey@aol.com)
  12. by   lehua
    these two sites have all the slides you will see in anatomy and...they are labeled. Also, what helped me was finding labeled models online that were exactly like the models in my anatomy class. They were great to print, add additional notes and study as note cards.
    http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/aplab/index.html

    http://www.kumc.edu/instruction/medi...oweb/index.htm
  13. by   Gampopa
    I took Anatomy last fall and did pretty well with the memorization. What helped was making 3x5 index cards with different systems, parts, etc. You can make copies of the text figures and illustations right from the book (shrink 'em down on the copier) and they'll have all the lables. Then just go over them, and over them, and over them, and over them.... It also helped that I wasn't taking anything else . Good luck!
  14. by   marilynmom
    No way girl you can do this!

    First dont let the first day of class stress you out. I remember my first day of anatomy I thought I would never pass but I did and make an A!!

    Especially with the summer session you just have to put in the time studying. I come home from school and I am up until 1-2am a lot of times studying for my classes. I also make sure I have read the chapter or chapters before class. I also tape record the lectures and listen to them in my car, at home (even with the kids awake and running around I do catch things here and there).

    BUt do not stress out about it, you can do it!

    M

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