A&P Help... From My Brain to Yours!

by polka-dot polka-dot, RN

Specializes in ICU.

So I've gotten several requests for copies of my AP notes...so here they are. These are all the ones I could find, so it's not EVERY body system... just most.

A&P Help... From My Brain to Yours!

Please do not consider these notes to be the "end-all-be-all". I am human and YES, I make mistakes. Also, I urge you to take your own notes during the lecture. These are provided as supplemental information only. I have also included here my top 10 tips for getting an A in A&P.

Tip 1: Read (at least skim) the chapter before going to class.

Your brain works best on repetition. Reading before helps prep your brain to learn what will be in the lecture.

Tip 2: Take your OWN notes.

Even if the professor provides notes...take your OWN.

Tip 3: As soon as you can, rewrite or type your notes.

Supplement your notes with your professor's notes and your book. Anything you don't fully understand then GOOGLE is your friend.

Tip 4 When writing up your notes, write them in your own words.

Try to paraphrase and use language like you were trying to explain this stuff to your best friend.

Tip 5: Utilize additional resources.

My Marieb and Martini books came with online goodies such as art labeling, crossword puzzles, flashcards and quizzes. THEY HELP!

Tip 6: Practice lab exams.

To practice for lab exams I did two different things (aside from staying in lab until the end of the period every single time) and they both require an atlas or printed diagrams. With my atlas, I put little post-it tabbies over the names. I then numbered each tab. Then I made an answer key and repeatedly quizzed myself until I could get them all right. Another method is to white out the names on your diagram and put it in a sheet protector. Now you can label and relabel using a dry-erase marker.

Tip 7: Re-organize information.

Sometimes it helps to think of things from a different angle. See my list of muscles for an idea of how I did this.

Tip 8: Condense Notes.

Every week or at the end of every unit, go back through your notes and try to condense them down. Do this again until you can get ALL the key concepts onto ONE piece of paper. I used a sketch pad that measured 11x17...draw pictures, make lists...whatever you need to do to trigger access to the information.

Tip 9: Talk Talk Talk.

Yes, anatomy is pure memorization, but physiology is all about understanding. Sometimes the best way to understand is to talk it out. If you have no one to listen to you, talk to your cat or talk to yourself. Talk through the concepts from beginning to end.

Tip 10: Have fun! ?

AP Sample Notes 1-5.pdf

Chapter 6 Marieb.pdf

Chapter 7 Marieb.pdf

Chapter 8 Marieb.pdf

Chatper 9 Marieb.pdf


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polka-dot, RN

Specializes in ICU. 1 Article; 375 Posts

My computer is giving me trouble, so I'll add the rest later.

Happy Studying!



50 Posts

This is so cool. :tku:



23 Posts

these notes are the BEST!!!!really helps to clarify the LOADS of information ( not always clearly ) given in lecture...



polka-dot, RN

Specializes in ICU. 1 Article; 375 Posts

Here are some more...

and one more study tip:

What really helped me solidify physiological concepts was drawing (albeit crudely) the diagrams and concept maps that my instructor used. After a while I could draw them while explaining what is happening. VERY helpful, especially for us visual learners.

You can conquer A&P!!!

Chapter 12a Marieb.pdf

Chapter 11 Marieb.pdf


polka-dot, RN

Specializes in ICU. 1 Article; 375 Posts

I'm only able to post one or two at a time. More notes for your learning pleasure!

Chapter 12b Marieb.pdf


polka-dot, RN

Specializes in ICU. 1 Article; 375 Posts

And still more...

Some chapters are just too big and cannot be attached. If you are looking for any of these topics, PM me and maybe they can be emailed.

Spinal Cord & PNS

Hearing & Equilibrium

Endocrine System Overview

Lymphatic System (beyond what is provided below)

The Heart

Cardiac Physiology

Reproductive System


Chapter 15 Marieb.pdf

Chapter 14 Marieb.pdf


polka-dot, RN

Specializes in ICU. 1 Article; 375 Posts

Muscle help!

If you read my study tips above, you'll remember that one of them suggested that it can be helpful to reorganize information.

I was struggling with remembering muscle origins, insertions and actions...so I made a table that grouped muscles by shared characteristics. This was just what I needed to help "sort" the information in my brain.

This has the 60 muscles we had to learn, so it is likely a different list from what your instructor is requiring...but it's a starting point.

GOOD LUCK. The muscle practical was by far my least favorite!

Ribs CC Spine.pdf

Muscle Chart.pdf



Has 4 years experience. 908 Posts

Thank you for posting these notes! I am no longer in school, but these are great to have as a study tool!!!

YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!! :up: