any tips or ideas welcome

  1. Hi friends, fellow students !

    Can anyone give me any secrets, tips, etc. on passing A&P II?

    I'm taking it in the spring, I've already had A&P 1 and it was tough, instructor used trickery in questions. I am now at a different school so I'm hoping to get a better instructor.

    I'm so anal about studying too, I have all the charts and tools but I think it's mostly memorization.

    What does anyone else think? Maybe I'm just being too worried about it.
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  3. by   essarge
    This is the site that I used to help me pass..very informative and useful!! Good luck!!
  4. by   janleb
    1. study groups are great, just make sure everyone is serious about studying.
    2. Use as many sources as you can to cover material to be tested. A&P books, internet, coloring books, charts (make your own)
    3. Look for objectives to be covered for direction.
    4. study in small chunks, because to much can be overwhelming.
    5. Online there are practice a&p tests ( I will see if I can find them)
    6. If you anticipate that you are going to have a hard time, get a tutor before you are half way through the quarter and hanging on a D.
    7. Memorization is a must, but understanding concepts will take you farther.
    8. Apply what you learn to how the body functions, disease processes. People that say A&P doesn't help with nursing are full of bunk.
    9. "Jay Docs Histo web" online is great when you can't get to the lab to study slides.
    10. Have fun and take a break every now and then!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   Danielle4
    Thanks Mkue for posting that question I had the same questions.

    I am in the same boat you are with my A&P I class. I worked my butt off to get a B!

    Thanks essarge for the website I will try it out.

    Another I also used was it kind of explains the basic things and may help a little as far as trying to label things or put it to picture.
  6. by   Danielle4
    Sorry I just thought of something...

    I know this will sound silly, but I bought this book that was called cliff notes for anatomy and physiology. It really helped me a lot for the first semester. I am hoping it will come in handy for the second.

    I know I bought one for my organic chemistry class and that one did not help at all so I was really impressed that this A&P one really helped me so much. It is also a good way to make flash cards- many of the things were in table format or pictures so I could photocopy and put on an index card.

    I also bought a coloring book that seemed to help, but mostly my text book was excellent it is by Martini. I also borrowed a book from one of the doctor's where I work it is by Carmine D. has really good pictures unlike gray's anatomy book.

    One of the people took a digital camera and took pictures in lab so that we would have actual pictures to study with. That was super neat, but unfortunately I do not have a digital camera. I thought that was a great idea though.

  7. by   Aerolizing
    For some of my tougher classes, I would read the whole chapter into my little tape recorder and then play it at all available chances like in the car on the way to and from school, when I went to bed, I played it until I fell asleep.

    I also got really nice supplies for taking notes like a great pen, an off color pad of legal paper, I liked pink or purple. I would get certain highlighters for vocab words, certain other colors for concepts. I know, a little quirky but it helped me to retain volumes of info quickly.
  8. by   Mkue

    Thank you to ALL, those are great ideas.

    I do have a cliff notes A&P book that I had picked up not too long ago and I like the idea about the tape recorder too and the different materials to use to take notes.

    I also have a digital camera so that will come in handy.

    I was working when I took A&P 1, but I'm not working during A&P II so hopefully that will help with 13 credit hours.

    The lecture and the lab are all in one day ! And I do hope to get into a study group too !

    Thanks again and good luck to all of you !
  9. by   LilgirlRN
    Be sure that your school allows you to take pics in the A&P lab, some kids at a local university were taking pics of cadavers just to gross out other students, seems someone recognized their great aunt. Student told her family, family called the school and had a fit and now they have banned cameras in the lab. :/
  10. by   GPatty
    Oh wow! A&P II!!!
    That is one hard class. We had a great instructor, but she would ask some of the most off the wall stuff! Thank goodness she gave us LOTS of extra credit work!
    Just study hard and study good. You'll make it and be fine. I think mine was just because I was too preocupied to study much and it made it more difficult for me, but you'll do great! Have faith in your self and push forward!
    Best of Luck to you!
  11. by   Mkue

    lilgirl. good idea to check with the school first, I had kindo f wondered if that would be okay, I will see what the policy is.

    Julie, thanks for the encouragement. X-tra credit would be GREAT, I'm all for that ! I can't wait to find out what the instructor is like.

  12. by   carlalogan
    Maybe it will help alleviate some of your anxiety to know that I thought A&P II was easier than the first semester. I think it comes from already being in the groove of studying so hard for the class and learning the large vocabulary. The shock to my system was over by the time i got to the II semester. I have always found in those type of classes that I do much better if I rewrite the main themes for each section of the chapter in my own helps to study it this way and I can usually just study from my notes instead of getting lost in the book. It worked for me...i got an A both times! Study groups help too because invariably someone will know something you didn't even study and bring it to your attention. Just make sure the group is focused on really wanting to study

    Good luck to you and I know you will do great!
  13. by   pkmom
    LIke another poster, I pretty much rewrote the book chapter by chapter taking out some of the fluff and stuff that felt like common sense to me. I spent pages on the more difficult concepts. I also kept my study guides to use for the final and I made an A both semesters! The study guides were very time consuming, but they worked for me. Good luck
  14. by   Danielle4
    All my friends have told me the same thing that A&P II is easier than I. maybe it is because you already know the basics by then?
    I hope it is!