Struggling with physiology and working

  1. so im taking physiology over the summer in a 8 week course. Im managing to stay at a B /C range and after my lab midterm i manage to go up to an 86!! but i failed a lecture exam and bck to border line ! im doing great in lab exams just lectures arenkilling me and im usually verygood at lecture for ex. When i took anatomy last semester my lecture exams were never lower than a 90. Im also working as a cna now which tires me out! And im too tired to study. Any tips from working students?? This is my las prereq and i need an A or B
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  3. by   ScientistSalarian
    I worked through my prerequisites as well and it's just a matter of carving out study time wherever you can every day, even if it's just 15 minutes here and there. If your teacher provides lecture outlines use those as a jumping-off point for what to study in the book. Everyone studies differently but some of my go-to tactics are writing out definitions of key terms (instead of just highlighting), re-drawing and labeling important diagrams by hand (really helpful in understanding action potentials and cellular transport), making flow charts for things like hormone pathways and factors affecting cardiac output, and most importantly being able to construct and explain feedback loops from memory. My teacher was big on "telling the story" of each system and practicing feedback loops was probably the single most important step in understanding how all of the components of a system work together to produce a certain outcome.

    Also, if you haven't already done so go talk to your teacher during their office hours and see if they have any suggestions for what you can do to raise your lecture grade. Good luck!