Hormones

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Any tips/tricks for memorizing hormones, derivatives, target organs, polar/non polar? I have tried straight memorization, but it's just not sinking in. I usually write things out to help me memorize but even that isn't working. Big final this week.

kmlnielsen

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I use a white board and break it into parts-you can't progress until you nail that part. Take breaks too. I use to be a teacher, and brain research shows that if you use a larger board and your hand/arm crosses your midline while feeling the vibrations of writing the words down your brain will retain it more. I have no idea why, but it's true. Many special needs children use black boards for this reason. I also will get up and move around if I get in a funk like this, it helps jog my memory-I remember I walked over here for adrenocoritcoids, etc. Good luck.

gelibean

202 Posts

Specializes in Inpatient Obstetrics.

That is a really good suggestion!! I have to write things down in order for me to memorize things more. I can not just do straight memorization. When you see and personally writing things down, you tend to be more cautious of what you are writing and visualize it a little better :D

I use a white board and break it into parts-you can't progress until you nail that part. Take breaks too. I use to be a teacher, and brain research shows that if you use a larger board and your hand/arm crosses your midline while feeling the vibrations of writing the words down your brain will retain it more. I have no idea why, but it's true. Many special needs children use black boards for this reason. I also will get up and move around if I get in a funk like this, it helps jog my memory-I remember I walked over here for adrenocoritcoids, etc. Good luck.

mmh2

75 Posts

Specializes in Interested in hospice & palliative care.

Thanks! That is very interesting. It never occurred to me not to move on to the next thing until I had nailed the first. I was trying straight memorization and I also made a huge chart but got all cramped up from laying, sitting and kneeling on floor. White board is brilliant! Will def try it.Thank you again!

EMT89

205 Posts

Try making up tables if you can. My professor gave us some to fill out in class. They were helpful :)

mmh2

75 Posts

Specializes in Interested in hospice & palliative care.

I got a white board and various colors of dry erase markers and I love this system! I can write larger and waste way less paper! It was a great tip. Actually, they all were. Thanks to you all! P.S The white board is much more user friendly when drawing things out. I learn better by drawing it out than by staring at a diagram while praying for a photographic memory!

kmlnielsen

59 Posts

Oh and and the color is HUGE! It helps me soooo much. When I'm taking a test I'll remember that I wrote something in pink or green. I love my white board and markers! Now if I could keep my kids away from it. :) Luckily markers are cheap and they are practicing literacy skills.