Need advice on A&PI

  1. Hello everyone!
    I am taking A&PI this spring and have a question for those of you that have taken this course.
    I purchased Barron's Anatomy Flash Cards and would like to use the winter break to my advantage and get a leg up on A&PI.

    What system(s) would you recommend that I focus on and memorize before class starts? I have just over 3 weeks before class starts.

    Thanks in advance for all the advice!

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Kimberly
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   arciedee
    Your school may have a different curriculum, but for my class A&P I focused primarily on the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. The muscles seemed to take up the largest amount of memorization time. We needed to know the origin, insertion, action, and innervation of each muscle.
  4. by   Halv1326
    I know you said you already purchased the cards and I agree with the recommendation of focusing on the systems. One thing I usually recommend is the anatomy coloring book. Runs about $20 or less, but is VERY helpful. You can color away and name structures as you go...nice if your a hands on learner!
  5. by   sunnyjohn
  6. by   Quiltedstar
    Quote from RN2bemommyof3
    Hello everyone!
    I am taking A&PI this spring and have a question for those of you that have taken this course.
    I purchased Barron's Anatomy Flash Cards and would like to use the winter break to my advantage and get a leg up on A&PI.

    What system(s) would you recommend that I focus on and memorize before class starts? I have just over 3 weeks before class starts.

    Thanks in advance for all the advice!

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Kimberly
    Sometimes the colleges have a web page for the individual teachers. See if your's has it, if they do they may have a curriculum outline available.
  7. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from RN2bemommyof3
    Hello everyone!
    I am taking A&PI this spring and have a question for those of you that have taken this course.
    I purchased Barron's Anatomy Flash Cards and would like to use the winter break to my advantage and get a leg up on A&PI.

    What system(s) would you recommend that I focus on and memorize before class starts? I have just over 3 weeks before class starts.

    Thanks in advance for all the advice!

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Kimberly
    Definitely review basic chemistry and start to remember body regions... superior, inferior, anterior, posterior etc. Familiarize yourself with the idea that if your patient is facing you his/her right side is on your left and vice versa....you won't believe how often things get mixed up if you don't have it down real good.
    Good luck and set enough study time aside for the class.
  8. by   catzy5
    Quote from RN2bemommyof3
    Hello everyone!
    I am taking A&PI this spring and have a question for those of you that have taken this course.
    I purchased Barron's Anatomy Flash Cards and would like to use the winter break to my advantage and get a leg up on A&PI.

    What system(s) would you recommend that I focus on and memorize before class starts? I have just over 3 weeks before class starts.

    Thanks in advance for all the advice!

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Kimberly

    See if you can get a hold of a syllabus from your school I have noticed that most APs from this board have differed.

    Its good to memorize the names of the big systems though but I will tell you learning the bones can't be done by flash cards you have to see and feel each little divot and crevice. However having atleast the names familiar to you would help. You will probably do one other big system like muscles but I have seen this vary too. My 101 was, the body system as a whole, chemistry, cell structure, digestion metabolism, bones, muscles and reproduction.
  9. by   MB37
    Correct me in I'm wrong, but it seems like most of us who took it last semester started off with the regions of the body, then did a chem and a micro review chapter(s), and covered histology (tissue level). Most of us also did skeletal and muscle, I think, and the other systems seemed to differ by school. That's a little much to get into over winter break though. I agree with the other poster who recommended learning anatomical position, and all the words for different regions of the body. If you can get your textbook early, the first couple chapters might be more beneficial to you than those flashcards right now.
  10. by   Huscarl73
    My advice would be find out what your text book is going to be, get it and start reading. Our textbook had an online support site where it had multiple practice tests for each chapter. I found these to be very helpful.
    I would concentrate on the muscle chapter and the nervous system. By the time we were done with these our class had dropped from 44 students to 14.
  11. by   Daytonite
    you should check out the sticky threads at the very top list of threads for this forum. you will find a number of them that have information for anatomy classes. this one, in particular:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f198/gre...te-141642.html

    most anatomy classes start with a study of the basic cell and it's components and the various types of cells and tissues found in the human body. then, they proceed to the bones and the muscles. the best way for you to know what to study is to (1) get your copy of the textbook for the class now, (2) see if the instructor already has a syllabus posted on the college website or (3) see if you can find someone who has already taken the class and get a copy of the syllabus. nowadays we can e-mail the instructors and ask these kinds of questions before classes, so you might try doing that to see if you can get a reply.

    there are a number of college instructors who have allowed the public to view websites of anatomy they have set up for their students. i have 8 pages of weblinks that i will try to sort through over the holidays to see which ones are still active.
  12. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from MMW37
    Correct me in I'm wrong, but it seems like most of us who took it last semester started off with the regions of the body, then did a chem and a micro review chapter(s), and covered histology (tissue level). Most of us also did skeletal and muscle, I think, and the other systems seemed to differ by school. That's a little much to get into over winter break though. I agree with the other poster who recommended learning anatomical position, and all the words for different regions of the body. If you can get your textbook early, the first couple chapters might be more beneficial to you than those flashcards right now.
    We didn't get into systems until A&P2. I just finished that class
  13. by   Multicollinearity
    I think getting started early is a fantastic idea. If your course starts with a biology, chemistry, etc review, then I'd do that. What I would do next is memorize all the major bones and muscles. Just the names and locations. So when your classmates are in agony memorizing all the bones, you will just be working on the landmarks. This would be a great thing! Also with the muscles...same thing. When your classmates are memorizing all the muscles and their origins and insertions, you will just be working on origins and insertions.

    You will be so glad if you get a head start.
  14. by   nurseangel47
    I can recall some twenty plus years ago starting with the skeletal system in the A & P class we had. I bombed on it. Was just relearning how to study for college classes again. But if I'd memorized the bones I'd have done fine and my ego wouldn't have been so low starting out. I had to study really hard, probably hardest than any other subject, as I recall, in the anatomy and physiology class/lab. don't let it get to you, tho'. Just develop your own best study method, mine turned out to be repetitive written plans. But I'd definitely start with memorizing the skeletal system during the winter break. If you're stressed and needing a break though, don't get all bogged down and study too much. Your mind and body need a break to recharge for the next semester's studies.

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