I am 33 and going back to school. I am in A&P I this semester, too. This class takes a LOT of time. I am only taking this one class but it's like a part time job at least. I am currently doing well in the class. Here are my strategies.
Read the material ahead of time. As I'm reading it, I make flash cards that have fill in the blank stuff. Here's one I made yesterday: Anaerobic reactions convert most of the pyruvic acid to ____. About 80% is produced this way. It diffuses into the blood, where liver cells convert it back to ____. This conversion ____ of the blood.
On the back I have a) lactic acid b) glucose c) lowers acidity levels
It's a way to outline the book and make cards at the same time, and really grasp the material as I'm making the cards. I make one card for roughly every paragraph that I read.
I spend a lot of time on-line at anatomy websites (www.getbodysmart.com
is a good one) because I don't have time to go to the lab to see the models and review my bones and muscles as much as I want to. I quiz myself both ways. Like right now we are learning muscles. I have written the numbers of the muscles that are on the models on some cards. I have to find those numbers and ID the muscles. Then I work the other way and have a list of the names of muscles and need to find the right numbers. I have cards that I review at home with origin, insertion, action.
Get a study partner and meet once a week and quiz each other. I have found that when I think I know all the material, I am able to find holes in my knowledge by having someone quiz me with their flashcards.
I read the chapter and study the illustrations before bed every night. It's the last thing I do before I go to bed. By studying them over and over, I can just close my eyes and see the illustrations when it's test time and it really helps.
Good luck to you! You can do it!