What is the best way to learn A&P in the shortest amount of time?

  1. Okay guys. i have already taken A&P 1 and 2. I am entering nursing school this fall and I don't remember anything. I need to learn the physiology of the body, but I don't know where to start. Which body system do I start with? What is the best method of learning A&P for you all. I only have until August to do this. Please help with any advice available.

    TIA,
    jemommy
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  3. by   fourblessings
    I would go thru your A&P books, skim chapter to chapter again. Just to refresh your memory. I just sold my A&P books on ebay, so i can't follow my own advice, i'm afraid....oh well. hope I have a good memory! Good luck.
  4. by   purplemania
    If you don't own a text book, or can't borrow one, you can probably find one at the library to use. I think there is an "A&P for Dummies", or something like that, in the bookstores and online. I would concentrate on respiratory, circulatory and endocrine systems. Anything having to do with Acid-Base would be worth a review.
  5. by   RedSox33RN
    I would go over the major points of each chapter, paying particular attention to those words and phrases that don't "jog" your memory. I would also self-quiz with the questions at the end of the chapter. Also, if there is a glossary, quiz yourself on the terms in there.

    I'm taking a comprehensive A&P 1 course now, but I just finished a Human Bio course last semester, otherwise I would have taken the "full" version of A&P. It's VERY intensive. We're doing 3 chapters - quizes, tests, 25 essay questions, etc. a week. I think I'll be spending the rest of the summer going back over it!
  6. by   Nurse-o-Matic
    It seems like most of the physiology discussed in nursing courses deals with hormones: locations, where stored & produced, etc. Also cell stuff like transport methods seems to come up often. I would start with these. Good luck!
  7. by   jemommyRN
    Thank you guys so much. I am going to map out a syllabus for me to follow. I hope this works.
  8. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Something that really helped me is the Anatomy Colouring Book. As you're colouring the drawings, you're cementing in your brain where everything is. Each page also has some basic physiology on it. I found it so helpful that I gave it to a friend who was becoming a physiotherapist. She passed it on to another friend and it's still out there making the rounds. They sell it in most big bookstore chains for about $20.
  9. by   TeenyBabyRN
    Quote from janfrn
    Something that really helped me is the Anatomy Colouring Book. As you're colouring the drawings, you're cementing in your brain where everything is. Each page also has some basic physiology on it. I found it so helpful that I gave it to a friend who was becoming a physiotherapist. She passed it on to another friend and it's still out there making the rounds. They sell it in most big bookstore chains for about $20.
    There is also a Physiology Coloring Book - goes over things like neurotransmitters, cardiac conduction, etc. Very helpful if you're a visual person.
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    I have only taken the first part of A & P but this is something I am also very concerned about. I can't remember anything either and fully intend to study my behind off, focusing mainly on this, all summer!
  11. by   pokey sn
    In my honest opinion, I would focus on really learning the material not just memorizing it. Believe me, when you get to the last semester of nursing (or in your cardiac, oncology portion) you will really need your A &P knowledge. i did very well in A&P by pretending that it was the most interesting, stimulating material in the world. Understand that you will need this info later, and learning how to study this material now will help you later in your program to study nursing material. Lots of luck
    Pokey GN
  12. by   mariedoreen
    Quote from jemommy
    Okay guys. i have already taken A&P 1 and 2. I am entering nursing school this fall and I don't remember anything. I need to learn the physiology of the body, but I don't know where to start. Which body system do I start with? What is the best method of learning A&P for you all. I only have until August to do this. Please help with any advice available.

    TIA,
    jemommy
    and why do you have to do this?
  13. by   jemommyRN
    mariedoreen,

    as pokey stated earlier, I am going to need this knowledge for nursing school. I made A's in A&P but, i just memorized for the test. I was happy at the time, but now my short term memory has left me. I realize that I really need to know this stuff. I don't want to make nursing school harder than it has to be by not knowing what they already expect us to know.
    Last edit by jemommyRN on Jun 2, '04
  14. by   Energizer Bunny
    jemommy...exactly!

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