Hello to all! Any advice on first A & P class?

  1. Hi just wanted to say hi and that I am a student getting ready to apply for the fall RN program!!! I have done all my gen. ed. classes and am on my first A & P class! I will have ever thing done except micro if I am excepted for the fall!!! A & P is giving me a run for the money but I can do it!! My grade point average as of right now is 3.75 but I am so scared if I make a C in anatomy I am afraid that it will bring my grade point average down and therefore my points as well~I have not taken the NLN yet~next month!!! Well just wanted to tell a little about myself! Also if anyone has any advice on how to study the Anatomy better, please let me know!!

    I am 35 years old and have a 6 year old, plus my husband (another kid) haha
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  4. by   SarasotaRN2b
    A&P one is very time consuming, especially if you want to get an A or B. Keep up with your work and don't fall behind. It was one of the first work intensive class that I had. I enjoyed it and did well, but it is not easy.
  5. by   sirI
    Quote from Ceejaa
    Hi just wanted to say hi and that I am a student getting ready to apply for the fall RN program!!! I have done all my gen. ed. classes and am on my first A & P class! I will have ever thing done except micro if I am excepted for the fall!!! A & P is giving me a run for the money but I can do it!! My grade point average as of right now is 3.75 but I am so scared if I make a C in anatomy I am afraid that it will bring my grade point average down and therefore my points as well~I have not taken the NLN yet~next month!!! Well just wanted to tell a little about myself! Also if anyone has any advice on how to study the Anatomy better, please let me know!!

    I am 35 years old and have a 6 year old, plus my husband (another kid) haha
    Hello and Welcome to Allnurses.com

    It is great to have you with us. Enjoy the forums. Good luck in school.
  6. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Hi!

    I think I left you a reply in the pre-nursing forum about A&P!

    Welcome to Allnurses.com! :hatparty:
  7. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    Welcome to the boards! I'm in A&PI (and making an A so far). The 2 things that have helped me more than anything are reviewing flash cards with a classmate and taping the lectures so I can go back and review them throughout the week. Good luck to you!
  8. by   cn2007rn
    What helped me was to study or look over my notes everyday for A and P, not just weekends or before a test. After lectures, I took my notes and typed them in outline form, this helped me review everything and all my notes we typed neatly and made reviewing them easy.

    Everyday I put an hour a side to look at/type my notes, look up things I didn't quite get in class or to work on lab exercises. To prepare for tests, I answered the questions at the end of the chapters and reviewed my notes.

    A and P is all memorization, so it helps to look at it frequently and it also helps to make up silly things/words to remember things.

    Good luck! You will do great!
  9. by   twistedpupchaser
    I have my exam next week, I'll tell you then!

    Seriously, it takes practice and memory. What I do is draw the system/organ, label it then write everything I remember about it then check with the textbook. Next time I tend to remember slightly more.

    Good luck, BTW I only got a C for A&P 1,
  10. by   1Tulip
    Hey... Great question and super answers. I used to teach Pathophysiology and Pharmacology to MSN-AP students. I can't tell you the number of times students came to my office after a poor test showing. Almost always they said something like... "But Dr. ______, I'm sure I really understood the material!"... well, actually, first they always said... "but I've never gotten a C in my whole life!" Then they told me they really, really had understood the lectures. (So, obviously I wasn't designing the tests correctly.)

    But here's what was almost always going on. They hadn't memorized the material. They hadn't absorbed the vocabulary. I always recommended that they tape the lectures, then listen to the lectures and outline them using their own words (not just transcribing mine.) That way when they came upon a word or concept I was using that they didn't understand, they could look it up or ask me to clarify. And the students that followed my advice almost always improved by at least one whole grade by the next exam, sometimes two.

    Good luck with A&P. It's a foundation your going to need as you progress.
  11. by   DreamBelieveSucceed
    Hi - I'm new to the group too!! I am an "older" (wiser!) student, SAHM to 3 kids (ages 11, 9, 6) and I am taking A&P I right now. I love it - my classmates think I am nuts! My advice is keep up with the workload and don't fall behind. I read at least a portion of my chapter(s) each night, complete work in my study guide book and my lab book, I even rewrite my lecture notes because that helps me remember the information. I am only taking A&P this semester because I knew in order to be accepted into the programs in my area that I HAD to make an 'A'. I'd rather proceed at a slow pace and make the grades! I began making notecards but found that by the time I had written them out I knew the information - that is why I rewrite my notes. My A&P book is great and has a website that is AWSOME!! It contains multiple choice test and T/F tests that are extremely difficult - which is very comparable to the exams in the class. I am trying to use every available resource in order to help me retain the information!! Figure out your learning style (I'm visual) and find study aids that work for you!

    Good luck - You Can DO IT!!

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