Do you have a specific study method? - page 2

One of my interests is in learning and study skills/methods, and I was curious as to what specific study methods you use, or have found useful. My own method has developed from reading lots of... Read More

  1. by   LauraLou
    Quote from lanitra
    I have always relied on flash cards, but found it difficult when studying for A&P. LauraLou, how do you use them for A&P when they're only helpful for "specific" information and not when you're needing to know the entire process? For example, they only help me when I need "bulleted" info, but not how an entire "system" works.....(please tell me this makes sense )
    You're right, flash cards are easier to use when you need to learn specific information, such as what are the functions of the adrenal gland, but I also used them for more complicated processes like protein synthesis. I found most processes or systems can be broken down into steps or parts, which makes it possible to use flash cards.

    We used the Marieb A&P book and for most concepts, it has diagrams which break down the process into steps. I would use a flash card for each step of the process. I would also make a drawing of each step if possible. For example, the sliding filament mechanism of muscle contraction.

    Card 1- Myosin cross bridge attaches to the actin myofilament Card 2- Working stroke, the myosin head pivots & bends as it pulls on the actin filament, sliding it toward the M line Card 3- As new ATP attaches to the myosin head, the cross bridge detaches Card 4- As ATP is spilt into ADP and P, cocking of the myosin head occurs. (Mareib, p. 287) I would put a sketch of each step on the back of the cards.

    I hope this helps!
  2. by   lanitra
    LauraLou,
    Thank you very much! That makes perfect sense. I didn't think of trying to sketch the diagrams on the cards....I appreciate the advice!

    L
  3. by   kahumai
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    Sometimes I will use the patio doors and windows in my house as substitute white-boards and draw all over them with dry wipe markers. I had the Renin-angiotensinogen system scribbled all over my patio doors for weeks once...
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    That's hysterical! Now why didn't I think of that when I was at the store buying dry erase boards?? I can only imagine what the neighbors thought! :chuckle
  4. by   fmrnicumom
    Quote from BSNin05
    That's hysterical! Now why didn't I think of that when I was at the store buying dry erase boards?? I can only imagine what the neighbors thought! :chuckle
    Actually, that's a great idea! I have 9 foot sliding glass doors in my living room so there would be plenty of room to write! It would work anyway.

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