Help me study for A&P

  1. I am taking a full load the Spring/Summer semesters, so I have decided to get a jump in A&P. Today I purchased the Anatamy coloring book.

    I am just wondering from all you wonderful nursing students, what order did your class study the different systems.

    Any and all suggestions are appreciated.:kiss
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   c.wicks
    But first.....throw away the coloring books and get serious. Nursing is not childs' play.
  4. by   NurseWeasel
    Our professor made up this 'phrase' for remembering the systems... CREM D'RINSE

    Cardiovascular
    Respiratory
    Endocrine
    Muscular
    Digestive
    Reproductive
    Integumentary
    Nervous
    Skeletal
    Excretory

    But that's not the order we learned. We used Elaine N. Marieb's Human Anatomy & Physiology 5th Edition and just followed along chapter by chapter from start to finish. It took us 3 semesters (quarters) or one school year to do all of it. In order:

    Integumentary
    Skeletal
    Muscular
    Nervous
    Endocrine
    Blood
    Cardiovascular (other than blood)
    Lymphatic
    Immune
    Respiratory
    Digestive
    Nutrition
    Urinary
    Reproductive
    Pregnancy & Development
    Heredity

    And for the record I beg to differ about the coloring books. You're excited to get started, and at this point ANY information is more than you've got. So color away girlfriend.

    Lots of people have said the coloring books were extremely helpful to them. Personally, the drawings and coloring were my LEAST favorite part of the class, but they felt redundant to me. It's just my learning style.

    Have fun!
    Last edit by NurseWeasel on Jan 9, '03
  5. by   Jennerizer
    If you're taking Anatomy I........start memorizing the bones. You will need to know mostly all of them.
  6. by   JudithL_in_NH
    I picked up my A&P texts today and the Anatomy and Physiology coloring books were among the required texts.

    Years ago, in another life as a medical transcriptionist, I attended a professional seminar, a session of which was descigned around the Anatomy coloring book. It was an awesome way to review the body's systems!

    I say go for the coloring! It another modality that can enhance and reinforce the learning you'll do in lectures, labs, and by reading more "conventional" text books!
  7. by   MRed94
    I loved my coloring books. I am very much a visual learner, and that really cemented the facts for me.

    I used a lot of flash cards, the Hole's anatomy site, and various diagrams and sayings and etc to memorize all the info. I also used taped lectures.

    What ever works for you.

    M
  8. by   maire
    The coloring book was a good study guide, actually. If you like it, use it.

    A&P is a lot of memorization. I used a ton of note cards and repeated until everything was burned into my brain. Bones and muscles were the sections that took the most work.

  9. by   essarge
    Any review books you can get your hands on that have questions that make you recall are very good. Best of luck!
  10. by   Love4Me
    Thank you all for your posts. All of the suggestions are helpful. And the encouragement is GRRREAT!!!!!!
  11. by   PennyLane
    We started with Tissues, then Integumentary system, Electrophysiology, CNS, PNS, ANS, Special senses, Endocrine, Bones, Muscles.

    For me the trickiest were the endocrine system (all those glands, all those hormones, all those releasing/stimulating hormones...gack), and of course the bones and muscles.

    We're also using the Marieb book.

    Hold on and enjoy the ride!!! :roll
  12. by   FullMoonMadness
    For me,the Endocrine system was the most complex(after Dna/Rna and protein synthesis),but the bones took the most time.The coloring book helped me i.d. the bones during that memorable lab practical from h***.I made a lot of flash cards that not only helped on each unit test,but were a huge help when studying for the final.Good luck
  13. by   almondhoney
    Read, read, read, read
    That's about all I can tell you!

    We are using Marieb's book too, I think the 7th or 6th edition in no particular order. We'll be finished in this (2nd) semester. Right now we are studying the Digestive System.

    Good luck to you!
    And make sure you use the self testing web-sites suggested on your text book. They always help!

    Almondhoney
  14. by   colleen10
    Hi there,

    We started A&PI with the Skelatol System, then Muscular, then Integ and Endocrine and Senses. The coloring books are very useful, especially if you are a visual learner. I used color pencils to color in each bone and it was especially helpful with the bones of the skull because it is often hard to tell where they are seperate from one another. The color pencils are good because they don't run and are semi-transparent so that you can still see notes and arrows that might be inside the bone area.

    If you are eager to start learning some A&P you can't go wrong with starting to memorize the bones. I think pretty much every A&P student has to memorize just about all of them and there are so many of them, getting a head start will benefit you immensely. Someone on another thread even suggested memorizing 2 or 3 bones a day.

    Another thing that helps with memorizing bones, muscles, areas, etc. is to point to yourself when learning them. ie. say the name of the bone out loud and then point to that bone on your own body. That helped me and a lot of my class mates out and during the test you could look around the room and see every one mumbling to themselves and pointing.

    Another thing that I would suggest is to ask your instructor if the publishers of the book gave the teacher a learning CD. Most student books come with CD's now but a lot also have a teacher's addition CD or a "Lab" CD that goes into more detail and description of various chem. processes. At least ours did. We use "Form and Function" A&P by Saladin. The "Lab CD" was invaluable. We weren't allowed to keep them though, but could go to our computer lab to review them.

    Good Luck this semester and please do not get discouraged by negative posts on this board. We are all generally very nice people that truly try to help each other out. So if you have any other questions feel free to post away!

    Col

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