Study Tips & Hints

  1. I thought it might be useful to share study tips and hints and mnemonic devices we've used to pass our classes.

    I had a 98% average in A&P I and II (which I took as one class), and I couldn't have done it without these:

    1. The A&P coloring book was helpful; I took the book to a photocopying place and had some of the pages copied onto overhead transparencies, and I used the transparancies for studying - with overhead markers, I could reuse the transparencies. This was great for testing myself.

    2. I started early (before the class) on the bones & muscles. I learned 2-3 bones and muscles daily, and every night, last thing I did before going to bed, was briefly review/quiz myself on every bone/muscle I had studied.

    3. I bought a few additional books. I'm almost embarassed to admit it, but "Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies" was helpful, because it presented the material in a silly and less academic manner, and it read more like pleasure reading. I kept this book at work and would review during my lunch hour.

    The educational philosophy I stick with is that reviewing concepts repeatedly, and reviewing the same material presented in different formats, is what works.

    Anyone else?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   SusanRN2004
    Originally posted by Venti Cappucino
    :

    1. The A&P coloring book was helpful; I took the book to a photocopying place and had some of the pages copied onto overhead transparencies, and I used the transparancies for studying - with overhead markers, I could reuse the transparencies. This was great for testing myself.


    You can also just cover the original page with a plastic report cover and use the dry erase markers on that if you want to save money and not have all those extra papers/transparencies to keep track of...the amount of paper in nursing school is overwhelming!
  4. by   ashemson
    Any great studying tips for Micro???
  5. by   NurseChelleBell
    In another thread I was looking for suggestions for A&P I &II and Microbiology. These sound like some winners. In fact I think that I will start on the 2-3 muscles or bones a day. Thanks for sharing.
  6. by   DebsZoo
    Have heard that the "For Dummies" Series are really helpful. I will have to start buying them, before I start.
    Thanks for the tips.
    One thing I do pretty regular (though not in the nursing part yet) is to tape important notes on my microcassette and listen to it everywhere, especially right before test times.
    Wound up with a 3.79 GPA for my first semester...........so something musta worked
  7. by   MRed94
    I also taped the lectures, listened to them all the time. Flash cards worked good for me. Transcribing my notes onto a word processor helped, too.

    Decide what kind of a learner you are, and do it that way. I am a visual learner, and the more I copied or reviewed the notes, the better off I was.

    A little each day is a good idea. Don't cram, you won't retain it.

    Hang in there, and good luck.

    M
  8. by   calderone76
    Which school did you attend when you earned your 98 average for one class that covered both A&P 1 and 2? I'm just curious, since A&P 1 and 2, if successfully completed, allots a student 8 credits. Congratulations on your accomplishment! Look forward to hearing from you.
  9. by   nursbee04
    I have heard that the "made incredibly easy" series was helpful. They have carelplans, assessment, pharmacology, all "made incredibly easy" :chuckle (sorry, the thought of pharm made incredibly easy makes me laugh)
  10. by   nurse0977
    I bought the "Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy" book and it was soooo helpful. It had lots of great pictures, and worked like the Cliff Notes to my Patho text book, which is awful. Lots of other people scanned my book and then went and bought their own. I'm going to see how my first week goes, then I will probably be getting the one for pharmacology.

    I'd recommend them to everyone!

  11. by   tabbeycatt
    I've not heard of the A&P coloring book? Where did you find it? I took A&P 1 last semester and I start A&P 2 on Monday. Any suggestions for Chemistry?

    Thanks!
  12. by   luluann
    Check inside the front cover of your a/p book. I found a website listed in mine that offers coloring books, flashcards and other study materials.
  13. by   Love4Me
    I found the A&P coloring books and Borders and Barnes and Nobles. They were 19.99 each (they have anatomy and physiology as separate books).
  14. by   Loubell RN 2B
    Tabbycatt,

    I am taking Chemistry this semester as well and the one thing that the instructor told us is that his students always did well when they made flashcards to use for study guides. There are alot of key terms that you need to know. He also said for us to just skim the chapter before class, takes notes in class during lecture, look at your notes as soon as possible after lecture incase you went blank and then go back and slowly read the chapter again. I hope that this helps in any way..

    Lynda

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