Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!

  1. OK, AP Phanatics ... how the #@** did you guys memorize the bones? I almost fell alseep in class tonight! No way I could use the text or teacher. I got lost trying to follow both! I'm using marieb's 2001 text and I have her brand new study guide ... any other ideas? Groupings? etc.

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  3. by   cdaRN2004
    I am a visual learner and the only way that I could learn the skeletal system when I took anatomy was to learn the bones one myself and to use mneumonics to recall them. (e.g. the fibula - fragile - to me meant the smaller bone in the lower leg) I am a little strange, but this really worked well for me.
  4. by   parker in arkie
    i used my kids and spouse to learn the bones....

    **hint***washable markers...
  5. by   EmeraldNYL
    Mnemonics.... for the carpals-- Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can't Handle
    For the cranial nerves (not bones but it may help you later!)-- Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel A Girls' Vagina Aww Heaven

    Oh, and did you try an anatomy coloring book? Good luck!!
  6. by   perfectbluebuildings
    last yr in a&p we would have huge open lab sessions w/the lab full of skeletons and bones... the only way I could learn them was to be there as often as i could and keep getting my hands on the bones w/ my lab manual there next to me so i would get the feel of them, and made up stupid mnemonics. good luck!!
  7. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by EmeraldNYL
    Mnemonics.... for the carpals-- Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can't Handle
    For the cranial nerves (not bones but it may help you later!)-- Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel A Girls' Vagina Aww Heaven

    :chuckle cute !
  8. by   colleen10
    Ugggghhhhhhh!!!!!! The bones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish I could say that there was some magical secret to learning them but I can't. I learned them just be memorization and going over them about a thousand times.

    Things that helped me:

    were to break down parts of the body and try to learn 10-15 at a time. ie. learn the bones of the skull one day then the next do the arms, next legs, etc. etc.

    I would spend one day memorizing 10-15 bones, quizing myself, etc. then once I felt that I sufficiently learned them all, the next day I would move onto another set of 10-15. But I always quized myself on the old stuff too. Spend the first couple minutes of each study session going over the old material that you have memorized.

    I would also say the name of the bone outloud and then touch that bone on my own body at the same time.

    An Anatomy coloring book is also really helpful too. Especially when you are learning the bones of skull where it can be a little difficult to distinguish between them.

    Do you know yet if you are going to have a test in Lab where you have to identify a real bone?
  9. by   PowerPuffGirl
    * stupid mnemonic devices.

    * Mr. Sketch markers and a willing spouse/friend/coworker or even a doll.

    * breaking it down into smaller sections and trying to learn so many bones a day.

    * constantly testing yourself... just before you go to sleep, standing in line at the bank...

    * The A&P coloring book is helpful. One thing that helped me was xeroxing pages from it, and using whiteout to block out the labels, and quizzing myself from that.

    Good luck!
  10. by   12BRN
    I have my first Lab test this Monday night. It goes all the way from the beginning (cells, mitosis, etc) to THE BONES. Yikes. I've never studied so hard in my life. Thanks for the tips! Then the next week we have our second Lecture Exam. Again, on the BONES. Wish me luck!
  11. by   colleen10
    If you have a quiz or test where you are given a real bone and have to identify it, try studying from this site.

    Select the Skelatol section. It's all pictures of a real skelaton and real bones. It helped me out tremendously when I had to do my lab test.
  12. by   PennyLane
    No!! A&P I flashbacks....I don't really have any pearls of wisdom. I just prayed time would magically speed up and the exam would be over.
  13. by   2banurse
    It is not as much learning the different bones but the bone markings that I have to memorize. Even when I don't have the books in front of me, I would drill myself over and over again.

    What really helped me in the beginning was the coloring book and then I would look at the text pictures. Also check out

  14. by   TheBrainMusher
    Wow guys! What alot of information to take in! Luckily, I'm not in AP I lab, nor will I have to take it (hopefully! I am trying to get into school in sept and I have to take AP II and Micro in Summer session I and II respectively. Since I can't squeze it in, I'm hoping that they would waive it - they said it was possible in extreme circumstances!) The regular bones I'm not worried about. I was a student athletic trainer and had a little anatomy before, but the SKULL! Oh my god! Was nodding in class last night ... that is my main concern! I guess I will just use the flashcard and studying drawings method!