AAAHHHHH!!!!! How does anyone pass A&P I ??? - page 2

I just need to vent... I know many, many have passed this before me but OMG! This is rough. We have our 1st Lab test tomorrow evening, covering everything so far this semester - 4 chapters worth.... Read More

  1. by   sunnyjohn
    Try the Standard Deviants Anatomy Video tapes.

    I have used the Anatomy, Gen Chemistry, Organic Chem, Physics and Math tapes with great success.

    I put the Anatomy tape in and took notes on it. It really helped that I could rewind and go over stuff many time. It pulled anatomy together for me.

    They were a great review for me. I got a two- tape copy at the local library.
  2. by   Race Mom
    Those tapes are hillarious!!!!! It's nice to have a comedy tape about A&P. It helps you retain it and not drift off daydreaming.

    Lisa
  3. by   downbayou
    [QUOTE=onehusbandsevenkids]I just need to vent...

    HANG IN THERE....many of us feel the same way you are feeling now. I live here in Louisiana and we've dealt with two hurricanes this semester. The class itself is overwhelming, and with outside forces it has only added to the pressure. I am praying somehow I can make it through this. I have my first test in lecture tomorrow, and next week is my lab test.
    I'm as nervous as can be, but I'm also studying every available free moment I have. It's tough to say the least.....
    So, Good Luck, and I hope it all works out for you.
  4. by   HeartsOpenWide
    At my school Anatomy and Phyio are separate classes. I got an A in Physio but I studied by butt off practically living at places like star-bucks and the library meeting in study groups. I am in anatomy now; we had our first exam which was on all the bones and histology of bone tissue. I study my fanny off and just squeaked by with an A. I would study for a half hour and then take a break, then study some more bones, take a break, study 30 min...This went on for about almost a week, with statistics squeezed in some of those breaks. It's all about the study time and study groups' baby! Hang in there, its hard for a reason.
  5. by   stpauligirl
    I feel for you because I am also in a terrible A&P class. I was sick yesterday after my first lecture test and posted about it here on this board....I couldn't stop crying all day because the test was so darn hard. My teacher is terrible which makes this hard subject almost impossible to grasp.
    It's double hard if you have domestic disturbances, like in your case. Hang in there, and keep in touch with us here on the board.
  6. by   sddlnscp
    If you are feeling like you are drowning in A&P classes, maybe try online for A&P II (or if you feel you want to re-take A&P I to boost your grade). My classes are 100% online and it makes life soooooo much easier. Quizzes are still hard and you still have to do a lot of work and know what they are talking about, but you can use your notes and books for quizzes that way. Labs are virtual (I haven't done that yet) and, in my class, we write up papers on what we see. I like the format a lot and I feel like I am retaining more of it this way. My classes are through CCConline if you want to check it out - it's a good program so far. FYI- they do make us use an A&P coloring book and that really helps for memorization. Best of luck to everybody, it is a struggle, but it will be worth it in the end!
  7. by   Hodge
    The biggest thing is not to get behind. We just received the results for our first A&P 1 lecture exam and it was a brutal eye opener for some. The class average was 68% or so and there is not a curve. I studied like crazy for this exam and made a 96%. I did feel overloaded with all the material but I have to agree with the above posters on using index cards - they worked for me and the study group I am with. This is not a class were you can read the chapter once or twice and expect to pass the class.
  8. by   marilynmom
    Anatomy and Physio are hard and are going to require a lot of work to get an A.

    I got a hard earned A in both classes (mine were seperate and taught by an adjunct who also taught at the Medical School) but I had to study every single day the whole semester to get those A's, I studied and studied until I got it all down. For me the Anatomy coloring book helped some (for the anatomy part), for Physio you just have to *understand* thing and not just memorize them....that is hard for some to do I know.

    Our class averages on exams were in the 60's and 70's I think that is normal for those types of classes, no curving of grades.
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from sddlnscp
    If you are feeling like you are drowning in A&P classes, maybe try online for A&P II (or if you feel you want to re-take A&P I to boost your grade). My classes are 100% online and it makes life soooooo much easier. Quizzes are still hard and you still have to do a lot of work and know what they are talking about, but you can use your notes and books for quizzes that way. Labs are virtual (I haven't done that yet) and, in my class, we write up papers on what we see. I like the format a lot and I feel like I am retaining more of it this way. My classes are through CCConline if you want to check it out - it's a good program so far. FYI- they do make us use an A&P coloring book and that really helps for memorization. Best of luck to everybody, it is a struggle, but it will be worth it in the end!
    A word of caution on repeating classes,: You get penalty points considering admission into the nursing program for repeat classes, and tuition increases dramatically for repeat classes in our community. Try to get a competitive grade in the first place. Withdraw if you don't have a minimum of B.
  10. by   student4ever
    A&P takes a LOT of time and effort. Try and sneak in every moment to study - I carry my A&P notebook and textbook everywhere with me, and if I have a few minutes, I pull out my notes and highlight, write comments-notes, study flashcards. My textbook looks like a highlighter threw up on it - it's more yellow pink blue green and orange than it is anything else! I decided when I first started that I needed to get to know the textbook like I know my best friend, so I won't be selling it back. That way I can highlight, write notes, whatever in the textbook, and it's all right there. My text (Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology, 10th edition) has a website where you can print out a study guide for each chapter that has fill in the blanks. I read through the text before class, take notes in class (my teacher has her power points on the school common drive - I print them off and take notes on that to keep everything together), then I go back through the chapter and answer all the chapter questions. Then I go through the study guide - the questions that I don't know right off the top of my head, I go through the text systematically and answer all the questions, that way it's like a third reading of the text. When I go to study for a test, I go through all my notes from class, my study guides, and the flashcards I've made (usually just for lab) and highlight and write down any other important notes that I find from the textbook that weren't in my notes. Finally, for lab practicals, I go on google images and do a search for every type of tissue we've looked at through the microscope. I find as many different images as I can and save them on my computer, print them out, and make flashcards. That way, if she has something set up in lab that looks a little different than the slide I had in lab, I can still identify it (for example, cuboidal stratified epithelial tissue from different types of tissues, in case she throws something in that I never saw in lab because I had a different slide, or if the stain is colored differently, I won't be focusing just on what color it is, etc.) If I'm having trouble with a particular model, I take my digital camera to class, and then I go home, blow it up on my computer, number the different structures, print it out, and make a key for it. That way I know EXACTLY what it will look like in lab, and can study it anytime, anywhere.
  11. by   r_janice
    Hey!! I took A&P I and II this past summer in 10 weeks total! I got a A in A&PI and a B in A&PII. It was really rough especially with working fulltime and having my daughter, but it can be done. :wink2: I recommend the coloring book, flash cards, and rewriting your notes. Oh and read over your notes (all of them) at twice a day. You'll be fine. Good luck! :icon_hug:


    Janice
  12. by   sunnyday1
    Quote from sddlnscp
    If you are feeling like you are drowning in A&P classes, maybe try online for A&P II (or if you feel you want to re-take A&P I to boost your grade). My classes are 100% online and it makes life soooooo much easier. Quizzes are still hard and you still have to do a lot of work and know what they are talking about, but you can use your notes and books for quizzes that way. Labs are virtual (I haven't done that yet) and, in my class, we write up papers on what we see. I like the format a lot and I feel like I am retaining more of it this way. My classes are through CCConline if you want to check it out - it's a good program so far. FYI- they do make us use an A&P coloring book and that really helps for memorization. Best of luck to everybody, it is a struggle, but it will be worth it in the end!

    Can you use your books on all of your exams? I thought if you take a class online there is a testing center where you do the classes.
  13. by   sddlnscp
    Quote from sunnyday1
    Can you use your books on all of your exams? I thought if you take a class online there is a testing center where you do the classes.
    Not for the 100% online classes. There are some "hybrid" online classes where most of the work is online and labs and tests are on campus (our college offers those as well), but if you do the 100% online option, you never have to go anywhere but your computer for anything. I really like it because I work full time and have two kids and a hubby, I can't afford to take off the time from work now to go to campus, I am saving up all my vacation, etc. for when the nursing school starts. I have heard of a few 100% online programs, I think one is edukan, but not positive if I am correct. Mine (CCConline) is one of those 100% online things. We have had many people drop because it is difficult, but it works great for anybody who is self-motivated and doesn't need the spoken-lecture portion to understand the material. Just know yourself - if you can be in charge of your own deadlines and making sure you keep everything done and do the proper amount of studying, then it's a great program.

    Word of warning: not every test question is in the book (several are, but not all), so you have to understand the information and be able to apply it to different situations in order to pass the quizzes, but it sure does help to reference the book and your notes! You're not digging to the back of your brain for terminology that way.

    If you or anybody else has any more questions, feel free to PM me or you can post here and I will be happy to answer what I can for you based on my experience.

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