Endocrine Help Please

  1. is there any way to combine all the hormones, functions and glands together that makes any sense at all. I have read and re-read my chapters on the endocrine system and I just can't figure this garbage out. Sorry but this is making me nuts. I would rather not memorize everything , I would prefer to understand it. Any ideas?
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  3. by   memphispanda
    Endocrine is difficult for me too. We are doing adrenal and thyroid right now and UGH. I don't know if there is an easy way to learn it.
  4. by   PennyLane
    I didn't find a very good way either. I just memorized it all as best as I could.

    Good luck.
  5. by   Hidi74
    Our proff. had us make a chart w/ three columns. 1) the gland 2) the secretion 3) function I memorized this chart and it really helped me. It is kind of a pain to do but you learn so much just typing it out. Good luck!!!
  6. by   StudentSandra
    This may sound weird, and I really don't know what made me think of it, but any highlighting I did, be it my book, notes or flash cards I made on my own. I highlighted all the "hyper" functions in GREEN for GO (fast) and all the "hypo" functions in YELLOW for Slow down. So when I got to a question I would try to "picture" in my head what "color" went with the concept. If nothing else, it helped with those questions were I had NO IDEA what the answer was. LOL I'm sure no one else ever "guesses" on their questions. ROTFPIMP
  7. by   colleen10
    Hey guys,

    Endocrine is tough. Especially if you happen to have in your book or lab book a diagram of the Pituitary and ALL of the organs/glands it affects. Just DON'T even try to start there.

    I "learned" about Endocrine in much the same way Hidi mentions.

    Just break it down, organ by organ and you'll be allright. First, I concentrated on the Anatomy portion and made sure I knew where each organ/gland was. Then, my teacher suggested we break everything down by gland, secretion and function.

    What helped me was to spend some time reading from my book a few sentences by few sentences, physically writing it down on paper as I thought about it. It really reinforced the information and made it all "make sense".

    Then, when you have one particular gland down, like say the Thyroid, move on to the next.

    Don't worry, I think Endocrine is tough for everyone because there is so much info. Just break it down and you'll be ok.
  8. by   jfpruitt
    Endocrine is very hard, however, I'm the "endocrine queen". Unfortunelty this experience came because of endocrine problems myself and now I know all about it. If you have specific problems, email me and maybe I can answer them.
  9. by   colleen10
    Hi Rhona,

    One other thing that helped me was sitting down and writing out flow charts. An example would be the Thyroid.

    I would write in Pituitary then draw an arrow and write in Thyroid, then draw some more arrows and write down T3 T4, etc. and make a little note about their function.

    This is esepecially helpful if you have to understand the negative feed back loops and how disorders of the endocrine system occur.

    Often times, one good flow chart can effectively communicate all the info. you need rather than a number of paragraphs from the book.
    Last edit by colleen10 on Jan 29, '03
  10. by   RNIAM
    Thanks everyone. These ideas are great.
  11. by   missionnurse
    Hey, Rhona!

    The Memory Notebook Of Nursing Vol I (and Vol II ) really helped me.

    They have silly pictures that really helped me to remember all the problems!

    PM me if you want to know the ISBN.

  12. by   Xanadu1347201
    Hi there check out www.mhhe.com/shier and go to the student part of it and you will see a whole lot of items there to help you out.