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Help me please,!!! Anatomy I is killing me...!!

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Hey everyone,

I thought i would come on here and write to you all and describe what i am going through and maybe try to get a little motivation. Ok hear I go. I started college again last fall and took a basic math class along with pysc 106 and english 121. i got a B in math and psyc and an A in english totaling a 3.5 average. I am 25 yrs old and had been out of highschool for awhile, it felt good to get that high of a gpa considering i was always a average C student all threw highschool. Anyway hear i am now knowing what i want to be and do for the rest of my life. i am mature enough now to realize the harder you work the more it will pay off. I just started anatomy I a few weeks ago and my first test is on Monday (chapters 1-4, plasma membrane chapter along with cell tissues and covalent bonds and all that stuff) I feel i am grasbing it but then i feel i am not. i spend almost the whole day and a half on a chapter and still feel i am not ready to move on. Is this what everyone else feels too? is it anxiety? i am trying to comphrend it and study study study but i just still feel i should understand it completly. i dont know. i dont want to give up and i want to become a nurse, but im afraid if im struggling now, isnt it only going to get harder? i am doing great in the lab, just had my first practical on bones (which some say is the hardest) i got an 82. when i was studying for that i was grabing it right away. i feel im a visual learner and when i look at something a few times i can remember where it is.

also if anyone can mention some study tips or anything that can help me understand all this more, id appericate it.

i do not want to give up, i want to go on and pass all the biology pre-reqs. anatomy 2 and microbiology.

thanks again, this site is awsome.

by the way i passed my NET and im going on the waiting list this summer. it is usally 3-4 semesters before acceptance. so all i have to do now is finish my pre-reqs. sounds easy but im sure you all are aware that its not :(

greeniebean

Specializes in Alzheimers and geriatric patients. Has 12 years experience.

The Cliffs Notes book on anatomy and physiology is good. I use flash cards to help me also.

Good Luck in your class.

YouTube has some videos on Anatomy, some instructor guy explaining certain processes. Look it up. Might help to hear the material expressed differently.

I could have written this post my self two weeks ago and completely sympatize with you. The first 4 chapters were painful for me to say the least, especially chemistry, I was completely lost. What helped me to get through my studying and actaully comprehend what I was studying are

1. Rewrite my professors lectures, in my own words. It helped to make things stick.

2. The website myaandp.com. My book came with an access code and the games/puzzles/flashcards made it much easier for me to focus because it was fun!

3. The book Getting Ready for A&P. This book was my saving grace for the chemistry portion, I was finally able to underdstand the concepts.

I broke up my studying into 2 hour chunks to make it bearable and set aside time every day.

I just go my grade from my exam and was pleasantly suprised with an 86. Not fantastic but completely respectable, IMO.

Good luck, I know you can do it, and do it well!

kwest210

Specializes in Women's Health. Has 5 years experience.

This may be out of your way... but while studying, I often get online and just type terms into the google search! I love reading what general medical websites say about AP stuff. Its in layman's terms and helps you relate the material to "real life" scenarios... it takes it out of the book and literally tells you how your body is affected. Some concepts you google will actually lead to another instructor's web notes and those are also helpful. I'm sure you will do great, your motivated and are studying hard. Good luck!!!

I am a very visual learner too. I passed both ANP 1 and 2 with A's and what got me through was making flash cards for everything. For example, covalent bonds, I put the definition with an example and covalent bond on the other side. I did this for everything that was covered in our lectures and memorized all my flashcards. I also used the cd rom/website that came with my anatomy book. This helps if your book has one. Keep trying, you'll soon get the hang of things!

RescueGrrl211

Specializes in LTC.

Im taking it this semester also, so I can commiserate! Here are a few things Ive been doing, and they seem to be helping!

1. After the first lecture test I (quietly) sought out the other girls who did well, and formed a study group. It helps so much to have 3 or 4 sets of notes to compare to your own, work through essay questions together, etc. Just dont get in a group of people who arent doing very well or arent motivated coz youll get off track easily and waste time.

2. I take my digital camera with me to lab and photograph everything we have to know for the lab practical. The pics actually come out quite well through the microscope and lets face it, the slides the teacher has arent going to be as great as the ones in the book which will make you falter when test time comes.

3. I study! I know that sounds stupid, but realistically I probably spend an hour a day everyday on AnP. Its tough stuff, and you HAVE to work for your A.

Hope that helps!

Why are they teaching covalent bonds in anatomy? That's chemistry or microbio

Hey everyone,

I just started anatomy I a few weeks ago and my first test is on Monday (chapters 1-4, plasma membrane chapter along with cell tissues and covalent bonds and all that stuff)

kwest210

Specializes in Women's Health. Has 5 years experience.

I think they just do a drive by of covalent bonds because they make up molecules that make up the compounds within our bodies. Also those bonds affect many processes of our bodies, so they refer back to them later in the class.

Hello there =)

Like many others commenting, I also feel your pain. I too am taking Anatomy this semester, although it seems like the anatomy course at my campus is a bit different than everyone esle on here because we not learning about covalent bonds... >_>

Anywho, this is actually my second time taking anatomy because I got a C on it the first time. Since you are a visual learner, i believe you can get use to this course. Flashcards are always good, but I also suggest to get a cheap anatomy chart at a bookstore, cover up the names and study off of it. Also, if your anatomy course offers open labs on certain days of the week, go to it and study with a small group of people. That usually helps me. You can also put anatomical charts on flahscards and study off of those too.

But if worse case scenario happens and you end up not getting the grade you like, IT'S OK TO REPEAT. Good thing about it is that it is SO MUCH easier the second time around. Anything relating to nursing is tough and sometimes, you just don't get it the first time around.

I hope this helps, good luck on the remainding of the semester!

=)

-L

Hello there =)

IT'S OK TO REPEAT

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Please check with the administrators within the program that you are hoping to enter BEFORE retaking a lot of your classes... our college allows but ONE repeated class to still remain eligible to apply for the RN program. There is a young lady in my Microbiology class that re-took Anatomy, received a "C", and now must receive an "A" in micro to achieve the required over-all GPA and still be eligible to apply to the program.

I am currently a student teacher in Anatomy... here are a few suggestions that you might try:

Pretend that YOU are the instructor, and teach one of your fellow students some of the precepts that you are struggling with... it will help to cement the concepts into your own mind.

Look up UC Berkley's Anatomy lectures on-line and review the topics that you are covering ... they are available to the public without charge.

As was suggested above, take pictures of the actual models from lab that you will be tested on, and use THEM as your study guide/flash card study material.

~Blue

Please check with the administrators within the program that you are hoping to enter BEFORE retaking a lot of your classes... our college allows but ONE repeated class to still remain eligible to apply for the RN program. There is a young lady in my Microbiology class that re-took Anatomy, received a "C", and now must receive an "A" in micro to achieve the required over-all GPA and still be eligible to apply to the program.

My apologies, I should of been more specific about this, because the requirements for the BSN program on my campus is kind of similar to this. We can re-take pre-reqs but the grades of both trials will be averaged. It may be different for your prospective program.

I guess what I'm trying to give you is a sense of optimism. I remember reading a quote from someone on this forum that you should not let the requirements of your prospective program or your current situation stop you in your track of obtaining your goals, if there's a will then there's a way =)

-L

thank you everyone for your advice. Im going to stick with it and give it my best, thats the best anyone could do in our situations. I wish you all the best. thanks again!

Hi....I know what you're going through! I finished A&P 1 last semester. It was tough! But you just have to eat, sleep and breathe A&P....study and don't stop! What I find that helps and what I'm continuing to do now in A&P 2, is re-writing all my notes out again. Anyway, good luck!

ssullyorthoRN

Specializes in LTC, Orthopedics. Has 4 years experience.

I am also having the same problems....we also had to do the chem. part....now we are on tissues....I did the usually note card making....I have 175+ just for one test....so I am trying something new. I am going to buy a tape recorder and record the lectures and re-listen to them. I am planning on listening to them while cleaning, making supper, working out, driving to and from school etc...... Hopefully I will do better this next test!! I will let you know......

hey, i tape my lectures also and i feel it helps a bit, its really good to just go back and listen again to certain things the professor had said in class that maybe you dont remember. i reccomend the sony digital recorder, it has great sound and you can do a lot with it. i got mine in best buy for 65 but staples had it for a little cheaper. im going to try the flashcards, i think that might help. good luck on your next text. you can reach me on Aim at iccul123 if you need help with anything

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