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How did you do in A&P?

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dc1994 dc1994 (Member)

I'm taking A&P 1 right now (just started 10 days ago) and it's HARD, but I'm busting my butt and I'm learning so much. I'm so engrossed in it and it is so interesting to me. I take A&P 2 next semester.

So, if you've already taken it, how did you do?

What concepts did you find the most difficult and what resources did you use to help you?

I read ahead and do the questions in each chapter, make flash cards, and study the book and my notes along with the interactive online quizzes that come with my book. I study 2-3 hours a day, and on days I have class it's about 3-4 hours. I'm spending extra time in lab next week and I'm in the process of making a study group. My first test is in 2 weeks over chemistry, integument, histology, and the directional terms and planes.

The textbook & Powerpoints are the best resource because that is what the instructor gives lessons from.

Quizlet is good for memorizing lists of definitions. Youtube is also helpful if you can find a video that corresponds to the lecture you had. Youtube can also be helpful for lab demonstrations because you can pause & rewind it unlimited times.

There are also other sites with lab practical practice & photographs of models with identification.

Everything you need should be in the textbook. It will take many re-reads until you focus on overlooked concepts and comprehend difficult ones.

The textbook & Powerpoints are the best resource because that is what the instructor gives lessons from.

Quizlet is good for memorizing lists of definitions. Youtube is also helpful if you can find a video that corresponds to the lecture you had. Youtube can also be helpful for lab demonstrations because you can pause & rewind it unlimited times.

There are also other sites with lab practical practice & photographs of models with identification.

Everything you need should be in the textbook. It will take many re-reads until you focus on overlooked concepts and comprehend difficult ones.

Thanks for your help. I use Quizlet a lot. I create flashcards and listen to them a few times a day.

Ditto. I am in the same boat. It's only been 10 Days for me as well and it's so much material to cover and memorize. Especially the lab part. My first test is on Tuesday for the lab and I am so nervous. We are going over directional terms. Regions and quadrants. Body parts terms. Organ systems and functions v and the body cavities including the membranes that surrounds them.

Flash cards, highlight them draw pictures. Whatever makes them easy to remember, also if your school has it do before& after school tutoring before tests too. Making different terms easy to remember is relating them to everyday things, such as the upper arm bones. Easy way to remember them is say R U humorous, for radius, ulna and humerus. Weird but it works believe me, only way i got an A&B in both classes.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, dc1994:

"So, if you've already taken it, how did you do?"

Does that matter in terms of how well you will do?

"What concepts did you find the most difficult and what resources did you use to help you?"

The book itself, the web site resources for the book. https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/human-anatomy/id553400128 along with watching youtube.com videos as needed. I also created my own quizlet flashcards and studied from them. In addition, for lab, I stayed the entire time, and made use of the learning center and tutoring center.

For the core sciences with labs, in terms of estimating study time I would treat the lecture and lab as two separate three credit classes rather than one four credit class. That significantly increased the study time allotment for those classes. I found study groups can be helpful if the group stays on topic.

Thank you.

Hi there,

What is helpful is going over lecture notes, PowerPoints if they are given, the book , using a voice recorder,etc. I used some websitesmfor quizzing myself such as getbodysmart.com and for visuals innerbody.com . I also tried to use weird sayings or nuemonics for remembering things. Like lisariley said humorous - humerus bone. I cracked a joke to my acquaintance in class that goes the humerus bone is so humurous :roflmao:

I also liked to draw pictures I think it is useful when learning about the heart and the blood flow.

Studying and reading daily will be important for staying on schedule. Going over the chapter before class will get you in tuned during class time. Spending time in lab was helpful to me when it came to looking at the models, seeing the microscope slides, and asking the professor for help. In my class I saw a few students stay for a bit and then leave consistently(unless you have other important obligations that is understandable). I took anatomy and physiology as separate courses at different semesters. The exams in physiology were tricky sometimes because of how the answers were worded. That may or may not trip you up too. A slight change in words is what made me get caught up. With putting in genuine effort and time, I think you will kick butt of a and p :yes:

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It sounds like you have a great start. I can't stress enough how important it is to really master A&P, everything you learn will build from this on. I think the study methods you are using are a good idea. Keep up the good work and good luck!

Scored a 89.99 on my first quiz! YAY, wasn't that bad.

It sounds like you have an excellent strategy AND you are truly devoting the time needed not only to memorize, but grasp the material. One resource that I love is youtube and I utilize it often when I have a hard time understanding a concept.

Keep up the great work!

Flash cards and rewriting my notes are the best ways for me to study for any class. For A &P I definitely had to devote a LOT more time to studying then I had for any other classes. I made flash cards for bones and their parts by printing off unlabeled pictures (our book came with mastering a and p code so I printed from there), did the art labeling activities on mastering as well. I used picture flash cards for bones, muscles, and histology. We are required to keep a "journal" which is a rewrite of the lecture notes, I based my flash cards off that. So I'd rewrite my notes and then make flash cards (or use word and make two columns: terms/questions in one and answer in the other). I'd chunk them together and take a few to memorize one day and I would do them over and over that day til I knew them in and out, back and forth. The next day i would add some more cards into the ones I already memorized. I did this until I knew all the info we had been given. It's time consuming but it works. And contrary to what some people say, once you have the concept memorized it's a lot easier to apply it. Some people try to say flash cards is just short term memory and not critical thinking and that is true in some regards, but once you have it memorized you can do any critical thinking problems or questions having to do with it because you

know the concept completely.. Good luck!

Great advice above, the one thing that I will add is with Quizlet I have the app on my phone that I use while I am driving in my car. Before I head off I select the set that I want to study, select the car option and let the app read through the cards while I am driving. The big thing I will stress is do not try to change setting or sets while driving, always practice safe driving first. But once it is set up to go as long as you keep your attention on the road, it is no more distracting than it would be listening to the radio or a book on tape. Your main concentration is not going to be on what is being played by quizlet, but even as background noise I found that by doing this some of the information does get retained.

I just started this week. I got a voice recorder. I plan on recording lectures and playing them over on the rides to and from school. I find the book's online resources great (I started reading the chapters about 2 weeks before school started) I find that I prefer the flash card Web page that came with the book since my teacher pretty much sticks to it. I'm thinking of creating a study group as well because if I know the material well enough to teach /help others study I think I got it down. I have a really really good teacher and thankfully we don't have lab assignments outside of lab itself. Good luck to us!

I just started this week. I got a voice recorder. I plan on recording lectures and playing them over on the rides to and from school. I find the book's online resources great (I started reading the chapters about 2 weeks before school started) I find that I prefer the flash card Web page that came with the book since my teacher pretty much sticks to it. I'm thinking of creating a study group as well because if I know the material well enough to teach /help others study I think I got it down. I have a really really good teacher and thankfully we don't have lab assignments outside of lab itself. Good luck to us!

I listen to my note cards as well. The best way to learn something is to teach it! I started typing outlines last week for all of my chapters. It's really helping. Good luck!!

Scored a 89.99 on my first quiz! YAY, wasn't that bad.

Great job!

sjalv

Specializes in CVICU. Has 1 years experience.

I made a C in A&P1 and a B in A&P2. I'm over halfway done with my RN program and I'm not bursting into tears every day after class, so I can assure you that you'll survive even if you don't remember where every bone in the body is.

Thanks dc1994, I'm totally sure you will Ace that test due to your study habits, keep us updated! 😆

I made a C in A&P1 and a B in A&P2. I'm over halfway done with my RN program and I'm not bursting into tears every day after class, so I can assure you that you'll survive even if you don't remember where every bone in the body is.

Is it wrong to assume that nurses SHOULD remember where bones are in the body?! I tend to think that's probably important...