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    Anyone got any study suggestions for A&P 2? it's definitely a lot more challenging than A&P 1 due to more physiology instead of anatomy. Next exam is Tuesday & a lot of material I haven't covered yet. Also taking patho concurrently and have gotten solid Bs on 2 exams so far, I don't see how I'm struggling more in A&P than patho lol

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    Same here A&P2 is much harder than A&P1, I could use some study tips so far ive been making outlines from the powerpoints my prof gives us, and then I study those. Its just so much information...
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    You read my mind! In my A & P 2 class, we are studying the heart & I found it so much harder because of all the physiology processes. I am excited to check back onto this thread for advice.
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    I've taken both A&P and A&P II. They were both a little challenging, but I'm sure you can handle it! The best way for me to study is to talk aloud.. For example, the process of blood going through the heart, I would each step aloud to myself and it really helps me remember it! I used to make note cards for everything, but I found writing it all out takes too long! I also like to use quizlet.com .. You can make note cards (which is much quicker typing than writing down) and then go through them and play games to help you remember! And if you have an iphone, there is a quizlet app you can download for free so you can access the notecards at anytime! This really helps me because if I'm waiting in line or have a few minutes of free time I can just grab my phone and study
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    It's hard to give advice, since I don't know the teaching/testing style of your professor. If you don't have powerpoints of the main points, the best way to study is to read and take your own notes (and then study those notes later). Hopefully, you've been reading most of the material all along. You can do a google search for powerpoints written according to your textbook (I found a bunch for mine), but they still may not have all the info your professor wants you to have (but probably most). Here are some videos that are helpful for visualizing some of the information (I know, some are more A&P 1): https://www.khanacademy.org/science/.../human-biology

    One thing that helped me is to walk while studying (as long as you have notes instead of a heavy book)....it gets the blood flowing to the brain and everything clicks faster. Good luck!
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    I would say to use the Coloring book that usually accompanies the text. I actually found A&P I harder than A&P II. Also there are a lot of books out there like the Made Incredibly Easy series that can be helpful, and tech mnemonics to help you remember. Some people have mentioned quizlet, and it can be a good source to study. I have also read some students getting into to trouble for using it "too much" (some students have actually posted their test questions on there. Good luck! And search the boards on AN as many like to share and upload their flashcards.
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    Just wanted to share some info about quizlet. I used it sometimes for A&P1 and noticed many questions from previous tests posted with answers. They were a bit useful but I decided not to use it much because I noticed many questions with the wrong answers. It would probably work better if you made your own flashcards and make sure not to rely on others, as they might not be correct.
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    I'm finding myself struggling too. This next test I'm going to try using YouTube videos to learn some material .
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    our A&P book came with a online sudy help guide, which was great! It broke down each system, heart, urinary, endocrine, and so on. there were worksheets to print out that followed the lesson, diagrams to print out and label, quizes and the whole thing was interactive so you could really follow along and learn how the systems work. That way if you didn't get something, you could go back and watch it again. I made an "A" in A&P 2 because of this. If you are using Marieb, Anatomy and Physiology, 4/e Companion Website you can access this from there. It is called "interactive physiology" It is on the left hand side of the screen. If not I would recomend finding something like it.
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    Hey! (: What I did for A&P 2 was to know the textbook really, really well.

    If you have who I think you have, he likes to test on matching! So know the anatomy of everything, but especially bones. He likes charts and graphs for physiology, especially about thresholds. Many of his questions are about function; I thought it was helpful to make flow charts. For reproductive, I wrote out step by step which hormones do what at which point in the ovulatory cycle. If you have the leftover time, he also likes to test on things that "sound cool," like the Nodes of Ranvier.

    Don't space out
    during his lecture because if you lose him, you've lost him for the remainder of the class. People are often saying that his lecture is pointless, but if you read the book before you go to class his lecture will clarify a lot of things for you!

    Like someone else said, make flashcards on Quizlet or another site. I would not rely on other people's cards. Make up your own questions! Integrate terms with questions like, "Drugs that increase the threshold of myocardial contractility will do what to the heart rate?" Because it's important!


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