Hi! I took this class w Dr J last fall. It was the hardest but most rewarding class I've ever taken and he's the BEST teacher I've ever had. I got an A, if I could do it, you can! Here's what you need to know -
1) you need to literally study all the time (or as much as humanly possible). Go into the lab as much as possible!! I liked going on Mondays because you could stay all day and night.
2) buddy up!! You'll see who else is always in the lab too- befriend them! (The friends I made in anatomy got me thru it! And we all take our sciences together now! There's 7 of us together in micro now!)
2a) buddies = help on quizzes! Take them together or Skype
2b) start a private group on Facebook where you can all post questions, frustrations, laughs, pictures of lab...
3b) pool your lecture quizzes, put on a word doc, make into flashcards.
3) the trick is- get 100's on all of your prelabs (you can take them over and over until u do, highest grade is counted- if you happen to get a 90, it will bring your lab exam grade down!!) Shoot for high 80 and above on lecture quizzes, 90+ on lab plus every bonus pt opportunity you can get and you'll w able to flub a bit on lecture exams.
4) record dr j on yr phones video when he comes to your lab table and shows you that weeks muscles, veins whatever
5) draw! All the veins and arteries are like streets and confusing. Drawing them while looking at my cat - immense help!
6) record lectures! Camtasias are time consuming
7) there's lots of great videos and websites, sometimes you just need to hear something explained in a different way for it to click
8) know how he says "read the damn questions?" Seriously - I used to get mad at him (cheerfully tho) bc some of his questions were worded very tricky!!
9) get Kaplan's Anatomy Coloring book. (Also helpful for physiology next semester!)
All in all, he gives every resource and opportunity possible to students. He truly, honestly cares and wants you to succeed. Utilize all he's provided, email him any questions. He's in the lab even on his days off a lot! My entire group got A's. We all helped each other.
Speaking of helping people- not everyone in your class wants to help and sometimes a jerk will move the tags on lab exams because the program is so competitive. Omg. If you're ever unsure, tell him! My last exam I lost a few bc someone moved tags and I didn't ask him!
Just prepare to dig in and not come up for air. It's only a semester- DONT get tripped up by those who are retaking it or if they have an attitude. If they hog your cat, switch lab partners or say something to them. The worst part is the AMOUNT of info each week but the class really is fun! Phys and micro are more boring and any teacher pales after J.
Good luck!! A friend of mine is taking it right now in Newport, hopefully you'll end up meeting her and can be buddies! Please trust me when I say that if I can do it you can!!!