How to make an A in a&p1? - page 2

I would like any tips you guys have to offer. I'm currently doing well with a solid B, but I want an A. I study my butt off for lecture and lab. I have a 100 in lab, but my lecture grade is an 85. I... Read More

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    Quote from meeep
    I currently have an A in A&P I, and this is what I have done to earn it:

    Aim for understanding. Dont simply memorize! I cannot stress that enough. If you can't explain the concept to a friend/family member in simple terms, you don't know it. This is the best way to gauge whether you need to study more. A study group can be helpful with this, but be careful. You want to study with someone who will help your learning, not hinder it. Don't have more than 2-3 people. Any more than that and it loses focus.

    Don't just read the book!! Watch videos on YouTube, animations that come with your textbook online materials, play games (there are several online anatomy ones), anything that helps you to understand the material.

    If your teacher allows you to record the lecture, DO IT! Being able to listen to it again later can be a lifesaver.

    Make sure you take your own notes, in your own words. Try to rewrite them after class, and add things from your text if you feel it needs clarification

    Do practice problems! Usually your online textbook companion has practice quizzes, and there's questions at the end of each chapter. It's a good way to identify what you need to study. Study smarter, not harder. I study much less than my B and C counterparts because of this. It's a waste of time to study things you already know. It seems a lot of people tend to just study everything, and that's part of why they don't do as well as they would like.

    These combined methods of visual, auditory, and tactile learning will give you a MUCH greater understanding of the material than if you just read your book/flash cards.

    Finally, utilize your instructors office hours! That is what they are there for!

    I know this might seem like a lot of work, but so is getting an A in A&P. It might seem like I'm telling you to go study for 20-30 hours a week. Truth be told, I only study around 6-8 hours a week for this class, but I do utilize all of these methods. Smarter, not harder!

    It just comes down to your level of commitment. If you want it badly enough, you CAN do it!
    ^^^^ This.

    In addition to this, try to relate what you're learning to real life situations. You're at the gym, ramp up to a sprint on the treadmill and think about anaerobic respiration. You're eating food. think about that whole process - where the food is travelling, what is happening to it, what your body is extracting from it, and how. You meet someone with multiple sclerosis, think about what's going on with them neurologically. Take a sincere interest in what you are learning - use what you are learning as a springboard for further thought. Ask questions, and then answer them yourself.

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    Quote from Chelsea13
    I think a lot of success in this class is not only studying, but understand how you learn.
    ^^^^ This. We all learn in different ways. I've never understood cue cards, they don't work for me, and so I don't utilize them. Neither does audio taping classes, nor study groups. But show me a model of something or let me draw a flowchart, and let me read the textbook and hand me a hi lighter, and I'll teach it back to you once I'm done.

    It's really important to know how you learn, and if one doesn't know the most efficient way yet, it's worth spending some time just developing that skill. It will save you a lot of hassle in the long run.
    Last edit by AQEELSMOM on Mar 31, '13
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    I agree with the poster above me. Some people do well with flash cards. I had to make question and answer sheets, but everyone does well if they can explain to someone how these processes happen. Try that. Take your best friend, hubby, boyfriend, mom, sister, brother, whatever is at your disposal, and tell them you're going to explain exactly how the kidneys work, how the heart pumps, and why the skin is such an amazing organ (or whatever chapter you're on, you get the idea :P). After you do that, you'll understand what you do know, and what you need to work on.

    Utilize youtube and khan academy for those difficult processes that you need to see.

    A "B" is nothing to be ashamed of. Get out there and teach the material, I'm sure that'll get you to an "A"!
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    Quote from missmollie

    Utilize youtube and khan academy for those difficult processes that you need to see.
    (I love khan academy!)
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    I write the key words in a list and the short definition on the other side. I usually write them and then type them. Or I rewrite my notes and powerpoints. I think that is how I am keeping it all in. I did the same for the bones...writing and rewriting in my own drawings and I got all the spellings down plus the locations. I just finished this for my exam tomorrow. I think I have learned a ton this way. I also do the tests and quizes online for our book. I love the interactive site. Good luck.
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    One thing I have done that has helped me a TON is buying a lecture recording app for my phone. (I use super note but I'm sure there are a ton out there). Each chapter I write a study guide for the exam and then I read it/explain it to myself on the lecture recording app. Then I can play it back and listen in the car, at work, whatever. I also seem to absorb best when explaining things to someone be it my husband or my iPhone
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    Hi there! Congrats on the B so far! But I totally understand you wanting an A (seeing as I am the same way!)

    So, you may be doing this already, but when you do your reading make sure you are actively reading. Reading out loud helps me. Once I finish a page, I summarize what I just read in my own words. Also, reading alone in a quite room helps. I read and "taught myself" so to speak by summarizing and explaining what I just read to myself. I also used note cards...thousand of them! I ended up with an A, but it was tough.

    I also utilized my textbook's online resources. They had great quizzes and animations which really helped with the physiological concepts. If you come across something in your reading you don't understand, don't move forward in the reading until you understand, seeing as concepts tend to build on each other.

    Good luck, you can do it!!!
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    I managed to get an A in both A&P courses. What worked best for me was making charts, flash cards, and working in the open lab 2 days a week with the models. You can't just study off of pictures, it won't help you for the lab practicals! Get as much time as possible with the models. For physiology the flash cards and charts will be more helpful. I studied about 4 days a week for 2-3 hours a day.
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    What book are you using? We used the Martino (Pearson) book. I used the masteringa&p website a lot. The animations helped clarify the lectures. And the quizzes helped me guage how well I knew a topic. Sometimes I had a hard time understanding what my prof was trying to get across. If you have this option, watch the animations first so that you have an understanding of the topic before lecture. Then when you hear your prof lecture, you can ask questions when things still aren't clear. If you don't have this option with your text, then use youtube the topic. A number of professors post their lectures. Some explain things better than others. Also, has a number of lectures on video.

    Take advantage of your professor's office hours or any free tutoring that your school may offer. And ask your professor what you need to do to get an 'A'. Many times, if they know how badly you want it and are trying, they will give you the benefit of the doubt when you are on the border. And once you do talk to him/her, don't miss class and participate during the lecture.

    Good luck!

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