I am having a real hard time with A&P I. The course is only taught by one professor who failed 60% of her students last semester. He exams are ridiculous and the lab practical exams are even worse. I study and study and can't seem to do any better.
For example, my first lab practical consisted of histology slides where we had to identify what the slide was whether it was mitosis, cardiac muscle tissue, stratified epithelial etc. We had one minute per station (50) stations in all. I got a 60 on that exam.
The next one is supposed to be even worse...identifying bones lying on the lab table, whether it is left or right, where it articulates and the study of muscles will also be on the exam. I'm worried that I will not pass and am wondering if I am having so much trouble with this science class will I continue to have trouble with the rest. I am a non-traditional student, 49 yeras old and about 2 years out in getting my BSN.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to study and memorize these things I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks in advance.
Mar 30, '04
First, try not to panic. Second, try not to worry about other people failing. It is manageable if you're willing to put the time in. It's overwhelming at first, but just try to take one section at a time. For example, just focus on the femur and get that down before you move on to the tibia, or whatever. Don't try to memorize everything at once. If you put enough study time in, it does click eventually. There were times I thought I'd never get it down, but I kept studying and eventually it would all come together.
My professor designed this quiz program where there would be a picture of the bone with various parts numbered, and you quizzed yourself on what each part was. Unfortunately it's not available online, but constantly quizzing yourself like that, with flash cards or similar tools, can be really helpful.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Mar 30, '04