Need A&P Study Tips

  1. I begin school in two weeks and would like some suggestions for studying Anatomy & Physiology. I want to do well in this class but I am not a good studyer.

    Does anyone have any good ideas for studying? Would making flashcards help?

    Thanks a bunch!!!
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    using flashcards would be a good idea. there are a&p coloring books, you could tape record the classes, rewrite your notes, study groups, make up your own tests, that's all i can think of now.

    oh and study a little bit at a time, then take a break.. i would advise not to cram the night before, i usually studied a week before the exam a little each night.

    hope this helps. :wink2:
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by mkue
    using flashcards would be a good idea. there are a&p coloring books, you could tape record the classes, rewrite your notes, study groups, make up your own tests, that's all i can think of now.

    oh and study a little bit at a time, then take a break.. i would advise not to cram the night before, i usually studied a week before the exam a little each night.

    hope this helps. :wink2:
    great advice, marie. all the best to you deb and we are here when you need us.

  5. by   Mkue
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    great advice, marie. all the best to you deb and we are here when you need us.

    thanks stephany, i feel like i'm leaving something important out ! i know that i used more flashcards for ap i than i did for ii. due to the bones and muscles.

    good luck deb !
  6. by   cloudydrms
    Flashcards, flashcards, flashcards! I know that I should buy some stock in whatever company makes those 3X5 cards! They were the only reason why I made it through A&P I and II!

    Cindy
  7. by   amblessing
    Study a little bit every day, like 30 minutes - then when an exam comes up you won't be so overwhelmed. What helped me with the numerous vocabulary terms was to make a matching game. I would have each term on its own 3x5 card and then put each of the definitions on another 3x5 card - then mix them all up, and then spread them out all over the floor and attempt to match them up. I did this every day

    Good Luck! A&P was my favorite class
  8. by   RNIAM
    i used my flash cards the same as you teach a child his/her math. I would test myself the same way. Any concept that is difficult to understand i placed it on a flash card. (i took these cards with me to everywhere including my other job, bartending. i even taught a few of the customers a thing or two) Couldn't tell but I'm definately an type A personality.. Remember take one day of school at a time and you'll make it...
    GOOD LUCK
  9. by   elusive
    see my post in justa suggestion.. i hope the site helps you.. too tired to post it all again
  10. by   Rena RN 2003
    one of the best study tips i have ever gotten came from an instructor. try to "teach" A & P to one of your classmates/study partner. you don't realize how much you don't know until you try to get someone else to understand it.


    rewriting my notes helped me so much. when i was rewriting, i would take the time to make sure that i actually understood all the different process. ex: how a blood cell travels through the body, where and when capillary diffusion happened, etc.


    best of luck!
  11. by   GPatty
    All through school I would tape my lectures...if I found a concept hard to understand, I would go back and listen to my tapes...but I liked flashcards AND highlighting all important ideas and notes in my text too!
  12. by   Morguein
    Here's a list of what I did to get through A & P:

    - I definitely used flash cards. They are excellent tools; especially
    for learning the muscles and bones (as someone has already
    mentioned before)

    - I drew diagrams and pictures that I could visualize in my head
    when it came to taking my exams. This is good for those who
    are visual learners such as me.

    - I used color pencils and different colored highlighters to highlight
    or color important information or pictures. For example, I used
    orange highlighter to highlight very very important stuff that
    I KNEW would be on the exam. This color really stood out for me
    and grabbed my attention. I used my blue colored pencil to color
    veins or underline key information that had anything to do with
    veins. I used my red colored pencil to color arteries or underline
    key information that had anything to do with arteries...etc...

    - I also underlined all information that I thought was important in
    my textbook. When I would go back to read it a second time, I
    would ONLY read the underlined stuff and nothing else.

    - Having a study group helps tremendously. Everyone has some-
    thing different to bring to the table. I usually formed a group
    with my lab partner and the students I shared a table with.
    Study groups can be fun and the other students understand
    the stress you're going through. Sometimes we would spend
    a few minutes venting to one another. This really helped to
    decrease our stress level.

    I hope this helps you. I know you can do it. If I can manage to get through A & P, you can too. I wasn't always a good studyer
    either. You're going to make it.


    Maria
  13. by   Debbie5
    Hi there!

    I started a thread about this very thing about a month and a half ago. There were some excellent ideas there and some new ideas on this thread.

    I was wondering though, are there flash cards already printed for A&P? I know it is very beneficial when you make them yourself, but I had heard that there was a company that made software programs and other A&P study aids. If anyone has heard of this or used this, please let us know.

    I also recorded my lectures from gen. biology. Very helpful.
    I guess my main concern is that I need to study more efficiently. My time is limited so I have to get the most done in the shortest amount of time.
  14. by   Alie
    Highlighters work great for me GREAT! In A&P lab II out teacher didn't care if we video taped the lab. It was a great review for at home.

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