Scared of A&P and my books...

  1. I was feeling ok about A&P until I bought my books yesterday! I have 5 books that weigh a combined 17 lbs! (I weighed them to prove to my husband that I need a rolling backpack.) I flipped through the books and now I am terrified! Is it really as hard as it looks???

    Thanks for your input!
    Marci
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   ekm
    Yes A&P is hard, but once I got the general gist of things it all fell into place. I still use my A&P knowledge, and my med term. Pay attention and ask all the questions you need to.
  4. by   MRed94
    What worked absolutely the best for me, is to TAPE the lectures, take the notes you can, and DON'T FREAK!!!! Go home, listen to the tapes again, and you will find a ton of stuff you missed the first time around.

    I also listened to the tapes in the car when I drove a distance, and listened to them again the night before the exams.

    Sure, I spent a lot of money on the tapes, but it was worth every penny to get a B!!!!!

    Good luck. It isn't as hard as it seems, once you get into it. It is very interesting, and I loved it.

    Marla
  5. by   hanginginthere
    Hi,

    I took A&P last semester and I ended up audit it because I couldn't keep up with the readings. My advice to you is to start reading now even if you don't get everything. Don't try to memorize without understanding. Trust me I tried that and it didn't work for me. I would memorize a lot of things 30mn ago and would forget what I've just study 30mn later. And while reading if you see words you don't understand find a dictionnary to find out what it is because those words will never go away. You will see them over and over again. I'm planning to take it again this semester and I've already done a lot of reading. If you'd like we could be study partners. I wish you best of luck.
  6. by   pkmom
    Right...don't try to memorize anything you don't understand. Its confusing at first, and throughout!, but everything builds on stuff you already learned so just take it day by day.
    Good luck!
  7. by   GPatty
    Awww..... Heck, everyone is scared at first, but you'll be all right. Just study and listen and read....you'll do fine!
    Julie
  8. by   StudentSandra
    if your a&p is like mine you will be using those books for 2 semesters. get the rolling back pack, they are worth their weight in gold.

    if you think the a&p books are heavy, just wait until you get all those nursing books, you will be thankful that you bought the rolling bag. all 6, yes 6 hard covered nursing books are bigger than my a&p book. each of these books have a 1" soft cover study guide to go along with it. plus care plan, drug books and a few others. lol

    i had to make 3 trips to carry them all into my house.

    so just remember next year how you thought the a&p books were heavy & scary.
  9. by   Mkue
    A&P, I can relate !!!

    I have a different instructor this semester for A&P II and my A&P I instructor was very tough and used trickery questions on our tests.

    The books are intimidating. I've purchased some of those A&P coloring books, a used "incredibly easy" A&P book from Springhouse, have flash cards ready, and just today purchased a mini tape recorder for the lectures. However, I don't know if I'm allowed to use it but I'm going to try.

    Luckily I have A&P lecture/lab all in one day so those are the only books I need to have that day. I've seen many students using the rolling backpacks, they look wonderful.

    Some previous posts have given some very good advice, don't try to memorize everything. Most instructors will give you a clue as to what is important and my even pass out hand outs.

    An instructor told me once that if you learn everything in class you won't have to study..lol.. ugh !

    Good Luck and don't be afraid to ask questions !!

  10. by   ekm
    I had a friend tell me once to read a small portion of what I was studying and then walk away and "just think about it" and it really worked. It actually got to the point where I was dreaming about the test questions and some did appeared on the test!!! Has this happened to anyone else?
  11. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by ekm
    I had a friend tell me once to read a small portion of what I was studying and then walk away and "just think about it" and it really worked. It actually got to the point where I was dreaming about the test questions and some did appeared on the test!!! Has this happened to anyone else?
    Eileen,
    That is a really good idea, I just might try that !!

    Thanks

    mkue
  12. by   marci3335
    Thanks everyone for the great tips! I have written them down and will tape it inside my A&P folder! Also "hanginginthere" I am definitely interested in having a study partner! My semester starts 1/22, when does yours start?
  13. by   hanginginthere
    hi Marci3335,

    School is going to start for me on Feb 1 due to the fact that it's only a friday course. In anycase I'll be glad to start studying with you. When would you like to start. My e-mail is magdala18@hotmail.com
  14. by   eventsnyc
    Hello Marci!

    The rolling backpack is helpful, I have been using one for a few months now. I use it to carry the heavy books, water, soda.... I also did something naughty: I cut my AP book and filed the chapters, making it easier to read on the train.

    Good luck with your studies!

    Christina

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