preparing for summer anatomy course... :/ - page 2

by Hopeful0630, BSN, RN | 2,302 Views | 27 Comments

So I'm starting 6 week anatomy course in a week and a half and I'm soooooooooo nervous!!!!!! I've been preparing ahead of time by memorizing the respiratory, digestive, skeletal, lymphatic, urinary and reproductive systems. Am... Read More


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    We covered plenty of muscles, most of them were in the hands, legs and butt. If I remember correctly we only had to know insertion and origin of the ones in the arm. As I said, the muscles were really hard, and it was further complicated by the individuality of everyone's anatomy. We would learn, the location of one muscle on paper, but when we looked at one of the 4 cadavers, the muscle might be in a unique place. Follow the muscle if you can on the picture, and that might give you a clue on what it does.
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    I would get a babysitter for specific and sacredly kept study times.... There is no replacement for the info you'll recive, the building blocks to your nursing education.
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    Quote from ebailey1218
    We covered plenty of muscles, most of them were in the hands, legs and butt. If I remember correctly we only had to know insertion and origin of the ones in the arm. As I said, the muscles were really hard, and it was further complicated by the individuality of everyone's anatomy. We would learn, the location of one muscle on paper, but when we looked at one of the 4 cadavers, the muscle might be in a unique place. Follow the muscle if you can on the picture, and that might give you a clue on what it does.

    Thanks for the tips really appreciate it
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    Quote from RNmo
    I would get a babysitter for specific and sacredly kept study times.... There is no replacement for the info you'll recive, the building blocks to your nursing education.
    I enrolled my oldest in camp and my baby will be with my mother in law while I study and go to class... definitely want to give it my all and really understand and absorb all of the information
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    Satorius muscle in leg tripped a bunch of us up on the cadaver. Heads up.
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    Quote from elprup
    Satorius muscle in leg tripped a bunch of us up on the cadaver. Heads up.
    Thanks! Think I'm going to go over the muscular system before class starts... enough to get atleast a little ahead on that section.
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    You aren't crazy....a 6 week A&P course is HARD. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, LOL. You will do well by memorizing the systems already, believe me. Stay ahead if you can and whatever you do, don't miss any classes.
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    I was freaking out just prior to start of my class a few weeks ago. I was just getting over a horrible flu, so I was not on my A game. This really threw me for a mental loop and wore down my confidence. I didn't start my first 2 days of class strong and wasn't 100% committed. It helped me to find someone that took the class prior to see if I could uncover what made them successful. You may find prior A & P students in the lab. I talked to someone who gave me some excellent study tips as it pertained to my class. Stuff like do this, or stay focused on that. Your goal is to find tips that work. Once person suggested I take a zip drive to class so that I can have my professor load her lecture slides on the zip drive. She also suggested that I stay very focused on the in-lab lecture tape-scripts because the scripts closely matched the mini-exams. The point I am making is, come up with a game plan for studying. Talk to other students to see what is working for them. Study, study, study!

    Also, I may have mentioned this but, use youtube. I can't say enough about how much I've learned by watching the nervous system song!

    Remember, you are not alone. There are many of us battling it out with you. When you are studying and feeling overwhelmed, think of us!
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    I enrolled for A&P I and II. They're both 6wk summer courses. I finish A&P I next Wednesday and so far I have an A. I took my muscle lab practicum and 7:30 this morning and got 100%!!! I will say, your instructor has a lot to do with your grade. I went on ratemyprofessors and made sure to pick someone with good reviews. I also took into consideration word of mouth from my instructor's previous students. I'm blessed cuz he is amazing at delivering material. I learned the bones of the body in about 4 classes before I took that exam and got a 96%. This was my only class this half. The next half of summer, I'll be taking A&P II and ENG LIT. It'll be tough but as long as you stay on top of your material, the rest should follow. I work also, so I rested an entire weekend which threw me off so I got an 83 on my last exam and that's been my lowest grade in the class.

    Listen to the teacher, write down whatever he/she writes down on the board and please go home and review as much as you can. One of the first things taught was epithelium so review simple squamous, stratified cuboidal, etc. so you're in the loop the first day of class.
    I bought The Anatomy Coloring Book and the one for Physiology as well. So far, I've only used the Anatomy one but next half, I'll probably use the Physiology one as well. It's great for visual learners. Good luck and I hope you do well!
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    I enrolled for A&P I and II. They're both 6wk summer courses. I finish A&P I next Wednesday and so far I have an A. I took my muscle lab practicum and 7:30 this morning and got 100%!!! I will say, your instructor has a lot to do with your grade. I went on ratemyprofessors and made sure to pick someone with good reviews. I also took into consideration word of mouth from my instructor's previous students. I'm blessed cuz he is amazing at delivering material. I learned the bones of the body in about 4 classes before I took that exam and got a 96%. This was my only class this half. The next half of summer, I'll be taking A&P II and ENG LIT. It'll be tough but as long as you stay on top of your material, the rest should follow. I work also, so I rested an entire weekend which threw me off so I got an 83 on my last exam and that's been my lowest grade in the class.

    Listen to the teacher, write down whatever he/she writes down on the board and please go home and review as much as you can. One of the first things taught was epithelium so review simple squamous, stratified cuboidal, etc. so you're in the loop the first day of class.
    I bought The Anatomy Coloring Book and the one for Physiology as well. So far, I've only used the Anatomy one but next half, I'll probably use the Physiology one as well. It's great for visual learners. Good luck and I hope you do well!

    One last thing: Don't try to get too far ahead of the class, as you'll probably only end up confusing yourself. I focused on what was being taught each day and at the end of the week, reviewed that learned material and used that to study for the upcoming exam. Keep it simple, one step at a time so you don't overwhelm yourself.


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