"ape to man" is all that I can think of. It is to memorize the points on the chest where you will auscultate the heart tones.
A= aortic valve (second intercostal space on the right)
P= pulmonic valve (second intercostal space on the left)
E= erb's point (a good spot to hear heart murmurs so listen with the bell here too) 3rd intercostal space on the left
T=Tricuspid valve (5th intercostal space on the left)
M= Mitral valve (5th intercostal space at the midclavicular line)
Onset - When did it start?
Location - Where is the pain?
Duration - How long does it last?
Characteristics - Is it dull, aching, throbbing, stabbing?
Aggravating factors - What makes it worse?
Relieving factors - What makes it better?
Treatment - Pharmalogical or non-pharmalogical methods
here are websites where you can listen to heart sounds:
http://www.blaufuss.org/ - the heart sounds tutorial at this site has absolutely beautiful animations of the flow of blood through the heart and heart action and how it correlates to the ekg tracing as well as the sound heard with your stethoscope. this is quite an extensive site with a lot of information.
I Bought "Health Assessment Made Incredibly Visual" from Books a Million, I believe Barnes and Nobles has it also, and so does amazon.com and half.com, I found it very helpful, it covers all the topics, integumentary, ect, with lots and lots of pictures, and some cartoons, it kept me interested in the subject, and I still refer back to it
I am still in nursing school. I am a VISUAL learner, if I see it (not words) like an action or a picture, it is stuck in my head for good. My husband knows this and went on a book excursion to Barnes & Noble and found me some visual books. One is called Mosby's Assessment Memory NoteCards....Visual, Mnemonic, and Memory Aids for Nurses. There are some FUNNY pictures and GREAT mnemonics, believe it or not they are sticking in my head and I have only had the book for a week. It is small, not much larger than my hand and is great to look at while waiting in line or stuff like that. I have another one of Mosby's for pharmacology that seems to be really good too.