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How to get an A in medical terminology course? (Merced College)


Hello, I was wondering if any of you have taken a medical terminology course and managed to get an A. My sister took it a few semesters ago and got a B. She said it was hard. I'm no straight-A student, but is it possible for me to get an A? Even if I don't, what tips and advice do you have for me? I will need all the help I can get.

IF you took it at Merced College, then my instructor is Provencio. I don't plan on purchasing the textbook. I will probably check it out at the library when I need to study and do homework. Based on the syllabus, homework and the exams are worth a lot of points. They are worth 20-50% of the grade.

Thank you!

RetrieverGirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/surg tele, home health, travel. Has 9 years experience.

Anything is possible. It just depends on how bad you want it. If you want that A then you will do whatever it takes. Study hard and good luck.

Med term is just pure memorization... I would look that teacher up on a rating website. If she's hard or has bad ratings, I would choose another teacher, to make the class easier.

I will definitely try. The first exam is coming up in a few weeks.

Apple-Core, ASN, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

Yes I got an A in medical term, although not from your school. What helped me was breaking down the words and going from there; I think that's really the very basis of medical terminology though. :nurse:

I had an A in my med terminology class. Granted it was an online class, and open book. I used flashcards from Barnes and Noble, although I can't recall the company who makes them.

Making flashcards can be really helpful. I separated them by prefixes, suffixes, and word roots/combining forms. I also used different colors for each type - prefixes - blue, suffixes - pink, etc. Don't put a single prefix or suffix on one flashcard. You will have way too many flashcards. Use each line on a flashcard for a new term.

I got an A....and I barely studied as I had my prioritized A&P course at the time. I literally would open the book 1-2 days before the test. It was 50% for midterm and 50% for final=100% of overall grade.

Not I'm saying it was an easy A, but it wasnt tremendously hard either. Granted some definition's in A&P 1 overlapped with med term.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 18 years experience.

I took medical terminology as an undergrad before I even considered nursing school. It was one of the easiest A's i've ever received (I took a state university, not an online school, this was back in 1996). I was majoring in Biology at the time and had taken quite a few Bio courses so the latin roots of words were already in my vocabulary so this made it extremely easy to decipher terms.

Ours was combined with our A&P course. We watched Dean Vaughn videos on Friday, did the workbook and then took the test on Mondays. It was super easy. I think Dean Vaughn may be on youtube...the videos are ridiculous...they will have little cartoons with sayings like, "See the children say "Oh Ma! two more" Because Oma means tumor....haha...get it "Oh ma" "two more"??? It's so stupid but you remember it lol


Specializes in LTC, Rehab. Has 5 years experience.

I got an A in mine, and I thought it was interesting. But as someone else commented, it's a lot of memorization, and you learn word PARTS as well as whole words. But it's important. Not every nursing program requires it, and neither did mine, but I'm glad I took it, because if you do well in it, you'll be much better able to recognize medical terms when you're out working. Get interested in it and it'll work out fine.

I received an A in Med terminology. If you've never used med term in your life it can very well feel like you're learning an entire new language. It's a lot of memorization and depending on the class you will have to apply what you've learned to actual charting/real life documentation. My only tip is to buy some med term flashcards on amazon and study them daily. Eventually, you'll be able look at those terms and identify them right away without having to jog your memory. I wish you all the best with your class!

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions! I'll do whatever I can to do well in this class :)

*EDIT: BTW after a class session, should I be reviewing what I have learned to make sure I know it and keep studying it as I begin learning more new materials? Each class session we are going to focus on one chapter, so how should I keep up with memorizing? Just focus on memorizing one chapter and just memorize the next chapter while forgetting the previous chapter or continuously going over the old materials as I learn a new chapter? I think it depends on how well I memorize.

Med term is just pure memorization... I would look that teacher up on a rating website. If she's hard or has bad ratings, I would choose another teacher, to make the class easier.

I love ratemyprofessors. My SOC 101 Professor is the one who introduced me to it and asked me to rate her. She was a total rockstar!

The best way to learn terminology-- and to prepare for new terms you'll encounter later-- is to pay attention to the DERIVATION of the words. Most are from Latin or Greek, but there are a lot of German and French ones too.

This doesn't mean you have to learn all there is to know about these four languages, but you need to notice the common roots and remember them for what they are. Here are some examples:

ase .... this should make you think "Enzyme!" amylase, kinase ...

ose .... "Aha! Sugar!" sucrose, dextrose, fructose, lactulose....

gly ... sugar (yep, sometimes there are two or more)

eu ... "Best, normal!" euthanasia, euthyroid ...

(h)emia/(h)emic ... pertaining to blood

hyper/hypo ... increased, high/decreased, low ... hyperthyroid, hypothyroid; hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic

aur ... hearing, ear

oro ... mouth, oral

osteo ... bone

derm ... skin

myo ... muscle

itis .... inflammation

osis ... a condition (this last is why it annoys me when I hear about "senioritis" as if it meant "the condition of being a senior, burnt out, slacking off" when what they mean is "seniorosis." "Senioritis" would be "an inflamed senior.")

See how that works? A good textbook should tell you all these and make it easier to retain them.