Suggestions for upper-level A&P

  1. Hi everyone!

    As I've stated before, I am beginning A&P this fall. I'm not sure if all schools are the same, but at my school, we have an A&P for two year nurses and allied health careers and then we have an advanced A&P for pre-med, pre-dental and four year nursing. We'll I'm taking the advanced one.

    I was wondering if anyone has ever used study aids such as flash cards or computer programs to assist them in studying this difficult subject and is it more time consuming than beneficial. I need to be able to get the most out of my time.

    Any advice would be helpful.

    Last edit by Debbie5 on Jul 23, '02
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  3. by   NursBoxr
    In my A&P classes, we had a list of objectives given by the instructor (prob at the begin. of each chapter) to define. A whopping 5 pts we got for doing these 20-40 objectives!! BUT-doing this (writing out) will help recall when you need it. It was a pain at the time, but it allowed me to understand a concept instead a single, specific definition- try and see how objectives are related ( I used 6x4 cards to help me write more for my own understanding)-I think this helped me most-got an A on nearly every exam by doing this!! Good luck-I'm sure you will too!!
  4. by   GPatty
    Hey thanks Nursboxr for your info. I am taking Adv. A&P and Micro this fall. I know that I for one, will use your idea.....

  5. by   babynursewannab
    Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the site right now, but do a search for anatomy on yahoo or google or something and there is at least one site where you can continually test yourself on "parts".

    It uses real pictures for some things. No WAY I could have gotten through the bones of the skull without that one. You can choose to point out the part they're labeling or you can choose to label the part their pointing to.

    It's out there and I am SOOOOOOOO sorry I don't remember the address, I had it on favorites so only typed it once. But since that one is there, I'm SURE there are others.

    Good luck!
  6. by   StudentSandra used to have a bunch of links for a&p sites (before the crash lol ) maybe i can find some of them.
    Last edit by StudentSandra on Jul 11, '02
  7. by   colleen10
    Hi Debbie,

    I'm taking A&P 1 right now during our summer session.

    A couple of things that have really helped me are:
    using an Anatomy coloring book, especially, for memorizing the bones


    When you are memorizing different bones, nerves, muscles, etc. it may help to touch the area of your body where they are located while you say the name

    Here are two websites that helped me too. One is good for identification using drawn diagrams/figures and the other is good for being able to identify the real life part. ie. rather than a diagram of a bone a photograph of a bone from an actual person.

    When you go into this site select a chapter and then within that chapter there is a section called "labeling" where you can test yourself on labeling different parts.

    Good Luck! Col
  8. by   babynursewannab
    OH! oooooh! Yeah! Be sure to use every loved one as a guinea pig for your practice. Poke at them and name the parts. Great fun for the whole family.

    (ps. instant ice for bruise prevention if some family members/friends get too excited playing!)
  9. by   in training
    Debbie-Hello, I am currently in A&P and I use everything I can get my hands on to study with. Flashcards, coloring books, and dictionaries help....but for me, reading the text with a highlighter, and then reading it again while taking notes is the only way I can get it to stick...also, I bought a book called "Human Body", sells for around $16.00 in Barnes and noble or go to 0-7894-7988-5....It is awesome....
    Laurie :smiley:
  10. by   Debbie5
    Thanks for the advice Laurie. I think I may have that book. Is it put out by Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries? It looks like a big picture book but the pictures are of actual lab models like we used in biology lab. Mine has a different ISBN#. Do you mind checking the publisher and copyright date? Thanks. If it's not the same as mine I'd like to check out yours.
  11. by   MelH
    I would say check your book to see if there is a website that gives additional information and help. Usually there are flashcards, crosswords, and quizes on them. I found them very useful! Good luck!
  12. by   Debbie5
    Hey Melanie, I'd forgotten about that. I did that with my first biology class and it was very helpful. Some books even come with CD-ROM. I remember one time I ran across the companion study guide for the text we were using in lecture. That was so neat, many of the questions on the test seemed to come from that study guide.
    Thanks for the reminder!
  13. by   det01
    I took A&P 1 this past spring and I took A&P 2 in a five week course this summer. I recieve a high B in one and an A in two. The thing that helped me study was making my own tests. After every class I take the lecture notes and the bold printed words in the book and think of a way to ask a question about them. I type the question and under it the answer. I cover up the answer while I read thr question. This is somewhat time consuming, but it really helps. I even shared my "tests" with a friend who was not doing well. It raised her test scores by an average of 10 points.
  14. by   Silvia A.
    Flashcards helped me a great deal. I would turn important subjects, the ones I felt might be on the test, into questions and wrote them on my flashcards. This way my friends and family could even help drill me on them. Also bought the study guide for my A+P book. If your book comes with an accompanying website that might be of help, because most have tests to practice on. There is a site called "Web Anatomy" which is really good. Hope this helps!