Science Courses - I have a problem

  1. Does anyone else have this problem...

    I am taking A&P2 now but nothing seems to be sticking with me; even from A&P1.

    What can I do to help me remember what I am studying?

    Are you constantly re-learning the things from your science courses once you begin the nursing program?

    My A&P teacher doesn't go into detail over the material (including the test). Everything is just too general. She would give a test over blood, heart, and reproductive system, and have only 50 questions on the test.

    So basically, what I'm learning, I can barely remember. :stone :stone :stone
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   greatan
    Wow that is a lot of material for 1 test. We have 2 lectures on 1 chapter at a time, then have a test on that 1 chapter with 50 questions. My teacher supplies a powerpoint along with the lecture plus a practice test to do on your own. We also have a workbook that we use for every chapter of A&P. Everything you learned from A&P 1 is still being applied in A&P 2. How much time do you get to prepare for all those chapters?
  4. by   prmenrs
    It's really imp't to create images in your mind as you read and listen to the material. Our minds remember pictures better than words. If you can do this, you have more "places" to stick the information. Then when you see the question, it should bring up the images.
  5. by   shellsgogreen
    hmm, i'm not sure i can help, but i'll try....
    my experience with this has been that only some lecturers will cover how certain things function, and others have told us that this is info that we should already know and maybe just review it before we get to that subject - so in answer to your question, for my school it wasn't relearning, we built upon the knowledge we got from our pre req's. i am very thankful to my a&p instructors, as they gave me a solid base which of course you constantly use in nursing (keep your notes!)

    i know that feeling of it "just not sinking in"....prior to nursing, i had trouble also, but over time, i discovered things that helped me remember things - have you tried index cards, taping the lectures or making recordings of your own voice with key points? i also relisten to the lectures and rewrite notes to catch anything i might have missed

    best of luck to you,

  6. by   2bNurseNik
    Quote from greatan
    Wow that is a lot of material for 1 test. We have 2 lectures on 1 chapter at a time, then have a test on that 1 chapter with 50 questions. My teacher supplies a powerpoint along with the lecture plus a practice test to do on your own. We also have a workbook that we use for every chapter of A&P. Everything you learned from A&P 1 is still being applied in A&P 2. How much time do you get to prepare for all those chapters?
    The class is 1 night per week. It's suppose to be from 5pm - 10pm but we typically are out of class by 8pm. The instructor is a veterinarian so you'd think she'd know. I had her last semester for A&P1 which wasn't as bad as this semseter. Last semester she did say that shes don't "like" to teach A&P2.
  7. by   WDWpixieRN
    Try to learn as much of it as you can....whether from reading it or teaching it to yourself....be as familiar with the material as possible...some of it is briefly reviewed in classes (at least at my ns), but briefly...and then they move on...if you have a lot of this knowledge already, it's that much less you'll have to "learn" while you're learning other material....
  8. by   Freedom42
    My advice would be not to focus on memorization as your primary way of getting by -- if in fact that's what you're doing; if not, feel free to ignore this post.

    Other folks on this board have disagreed with me on this. But here's my point: When all we're encouraged to do is memorize lists for classes, we don't focus on relationships and concepts. And in the long run, all we've done is memorized a list for the next test, then -- as one of my classmates put it today -- we "do the big flush." It's pointless. If you emphasize concepts as you study, you'll find that a lot of test questions can be answered through deduction.

    Another suggestion: Five hours of class time is supposed to equal 10 to 15 hours of study time. If you really do put in a couple of hours every day, you'll find it makes a big difference. Repetition is key.

    Good luck.
  9. by   Daytonite
    The thread below on the Pre-Nursing Student Forum has a number of anatomy and physiology weblinks on the Internet. You will probably find that reading other sources besides your textbook will give you other perspectives on the same subject and help you to integrate the information better. When you are learning this material for the first time it is difficult to remember it all. You will need to review it again and again when you are in nursing or have a patient with a pathological condition involving a particular body system. This is how this information gets learned. It might help for you to talk it out as well. In physiology you focus on processes which are often step-by-step actions that can be reduced to a list that can be memorized.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f198/gre...te-141642.html
  10. by   2bNurseNik
    Quote from Daytonite
    The thread below on the Pre-Nursing Student Forum has a number of anatomy and physiology weblinks on the Internet. You will probably find that reading other sources besides your textbook will give you other perspectives on the same subject and help you to integrate the information better.
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f198/gre...te-141642.html
    Thanks so much for the thread, it was very helpful. I think I can do it. I hope I can do it :uhoh21:
  11. by   natrgrrl
    I know how you feel. At one point or another, you need to know something you learned in a previous science class.
    I was in for a shock in A&P I because there was so much information and so little time to learn it. Here is what I did to make things stick in my head:

    *Pay attention in lecture to the things that you have heard the instructor say before.

    *Create a PowerPoint presentation for your notes and highlights the day after the lecture. This helps you recall info from the day before. Office 2007 has a quiz template that I plan on using also.

    *Draw out all the processes that are diagrammed in your text. Use gel pens in several different colors.

    *In the PowerPoint, incorporate images from the web that will help you remember things more easily, ex. micrograph of cardiac muscle, diagram of aerobic respiration.

    Hope that helps you.
    Last edit by natrgrrl on Feb 14, '07 : Reason: want to add one more thing

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