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  1. Taking anatomy and physiology and Microbiology was somewhat of a cardinal sin in my community college. Regardless of the warnings from professors and counselors, I enrolled in AP1 (which I retook) and Microbiology (entirely new to me at the time) during the fall! Here are the pros and cons of taking two science classes together and some advice on my experiences. Pros - Why You Should Take Classes Together #1 This is a test. Taking Anatomy and Physiology with Microbiology helped when understanding certain chapters of each science class When I took Microbiology, certain aspects of the course helped with anatomy, such as reviewing the anatomy of organs, the organs', Chemistry, and cytology! I finally understood desmosomes and gap junctions and got to check the functions of the renal medulla. #2 Multi-tasking skills Although I took two science courses in total, I actually some classes over again to achieve better grades. I took AP1, Microbiology, Human Development, and English (In total, with the lab, I had six courses). During this semester, it was CHAOTIC, but I learned how to multitask more efficiently! #3 A newfound appreciation for science While taking anatomy and Microbiology together, I had a newfound respect for science. I appreciated it more. As cheesy as it sounds, I enjoyed learning about the human body, viruses, and gram stains! #4 Increased Memorization skills Both courses are deeply rooted in memorization, so spending time studying and memorizing the material has helped my memorization skills tremendously! Cons - Why You Should Not Take Classes Together #1 The burnout I had quite a rigorous schedule. Sitting in a lecture from 3-4pm, a twenty-minute lunch, and I'd be back at campus an hour early to study. Again, I sat sitting through another lecture from 6 to 7pm and then a lab the next day from 6 to 10, only to live an hour away and study for the next anatomy exam and my other courses! I was going to bed at 3am most days, and by the end of the lecture, 5am. There were days to where I was burnt out and just didn't want to do it anymore, questions why the hell did I do this and tempted dropping! But in the end, I knew what my objective goals were. #2 Midterms and Finals will kick your butt I had more difficulty with the timing of big tests! Although Microbiology didn't have a midterm, my anatomy midterm's timing caused a lot of rushing and a lot of rescheduling, and so did the final. #3 The battle of studying Although I was familiar with anatomy, I spent more time studying for this course than Microbiology. In Microbiology, I only studied for 1 to 2 hours which proved successful, but usually, anatomy requires a bit more studying. Even my Microbiology professor had stated this during the end of the semester. #4 There isn't enough time for free time Sadly because both courses have a lot of material and require lots of studying there were no fun weekends for me! After studying, I usually just caught up on sleep Advice For Taking Anatomy and Microbiology Course Together #1 If you're retaking Anatomy, prep in advance Although I reviewed material, prepping a few weeks before the semester started helped me! #2 Low-Stress professors make a difference When retaking this, I actually took the most laid-back teachers I could find for the semester. Extra credit was given freely in Microbiology. Hence, it wasn't super rigorous for me while in AP1; no extra credit was given, but the teacher was incredible at the lecture. We actually used the textbook's PowerPoints which were actually the real test, so it helped tremendously. #3 Weigh the pros and cons along with the lifestyle you live If you are a rigorous student, this may seem like a walk in the park, and know that as much as you're gaining, you may lose some too. I'm not here to discourage you, but if you're working or have kids, you may want to take things into consideration. #4 Consider taking a class or two online This can go for the science class or if you're taking an easier class. I took my one of my science classes online along with Human Development and then I took English and Microbiology on campus. This can help a lot with the running around! #5 AP2 and Microbiology This combination can be done but at least 1/2 of the people I've known either dropped Micro or AP2. AP2 is more physiology based and requires learning in and out (because , you will see it again). There were people whom I've known that have passed as well but they literally lived at the library. References Is it a bad idea to take Microbiology and anatomy at the same time? 'How to get A'S in A&P and Microbiology' Youtube video...
  2. Anatomy and Physiology 1 was one of the most grueling classes I've taken in college. I've never seen anything like it. Anatomy and Physiology was the first class that ever stressed me out and drove me to tears. While it took me a few attempts, I've learned what works through trial and error. Here are my tips from my experiences of Anatomy and Physiology 1 from my experiences. Pick the Right Professor This is so crucial when it comes to AP! Picking the right professor ensures that you get the help you need and understand the material you're studying. Sites like Rate My Professor help a ton in the process. From experience, try to get an engaging teacher. Start Learning the Material as Early as Possible I always feel that learning the material before lecture and lab is a great way to stay successful. I've found that resources such as WyzSci and AnatomyGMC are great ways to prepare for AP1. Organize Materials before Class Anatomy class is a handful. From a handful of a binder with hundreds of slides (Yes, I printed out 112 slides once for a binder) and a book is very unorganized grueling on the back. Try to pack as lightly as you can for class, from later experiences, two-hybrid notebook binders, lab, and the other for the lecture part of anatomy with three slides per page! I brought tabs to label the pages I needed for the lecture and the pages I needed for the lab. Highlighters are also handy as well. I did have binders but they stayed at home, because I stored previous slides and materials in them after I was done. Also, as soon as the new material is release retire the old material elsewhere so you don' get mixed up DO NOT CHASE AN A While an A is desirable, chasing after it is a very bad mistake. You'll be so stuck on getting an 'A' that you'll miss building the foundation for anatomy. I have done this before during my first attempt, and it wasn't very pleasant! I thought back before a retake that I never focused on the grade during other prereqs, just the material. When I implemented this into AP1, I was very successful. Consider an Anatomy Atlas This is helpful for days when you cannot make it to open lab or, if you're like me, happen to like studying outside of the open lab. Most atlases that I've come across had a CD that had quizzes very similar to the lab practical examinations that I've taken. You can get these at your college's library or through amazon. A good atlas that I've used for AP1 was Atlas of Human Anatomy (Netter Basic Science) 7th Edition Create a Study Plan and Haven When it comes to AP1, try to create a study plan. My study plans consisted of two 45 minute sessions (I studied 45 minutes for lecture and 45 minutes for lab). I usually studied in a coffee shop or the study spaces of my college. I was in anatomy class 3 days out of the week, two days for lecture and one day for the lab. During these days, at least 1 hour before class, I always reviewed material. Be Familiar with the Fundamentals The fundamentals for Anatomy are the introduction, Chemistry, cytology, and histology. These are chapters 1-4. You will be seeing them again through the remainder of AP1! From experience, try to learn as of the foundations as you can! As a heads up, histology is a good chunk of midterm (integumentary system) and the lab midterm. Believe in Yourself and Don't Give Up I will be honest during my previous attempts. I didn't do this. I constantly compared myself to the "achievers" of my class, which made me feel like crap. I felt defeated by the 'C(s)' I received, and the negativity surrounded the classroom got me down. I felt like I had to be competitive, and it ran me into the ground. I had a big freakout in my first attempt at Anatomy before the midterm. Also, what I've learned is that if you want something, you'll never get up on it, and you have to look at the bigger picture. Stay Away from Classroom Drama and the Hallways From experience, there was drama, and I let it get to me. I dealt with cliques, mean girls, gossip, and others' anxiety and self-doubt from the hallway. It's best to stay away from the drama and the hallway. Just sit out in the study area or a quiet place before the start of class. As for mean girls, what I didn't do but wish that I did was ignore them completely and just focused on my work. Consider Forming a Study Group Although I prefer to study by myself, groups can come in handy IF they have the right people in them. I have personally found that there are pros and cons to this. If forming a study group started by another person, I always felt that small groups were better than larger groups. Again the right people need to be in them! Be aware of users (these are people whom don't "study" but latch on to a smart person or someone doing well in the class), slackers (the people whom literally show up and contribute nothing) and talkers (they literally just talk throughout the whole study session) Don't be Afraid to Retake I had to retake Anatomy before, and personally, it feels as though it's bad but believe me, it's not! You learn from your mistakes and get more successful Do NOT Take a Morning Class if You Are Not a Morning Person I had to learn the hard way during my first attempt as a night owl who went to bed at 3, sometimes 4 am I signed up for an 8:30 am lecture, and a 7:30 am lab, and I paid for it dearly! I barely retained information, was tired, and only got 30 minutes of studying in! I switched to an afternoon/evening class and fared much better in anatomy! If Your College Offers an Anatomy Orientation ... GO! When going into anatomy some colleges actually offer an Anatomy orientation. It is best to go to this because you get to learn tips for the professor, what to expect out of anatomy and experiences from teachers and students. My school offered this and it helped me tremendously in being successful in anatomy If Extra Credit is Offered ... Take It! Extra credit will help tremendously if you are in anatomy! Whether your professor has you doing bonus questions , making a presentation or in rare cases turning in anatomy notes ... do it , it will help you in the long run!
  3. I am a first-year Health Science student from NYC, aspiring to become a travel nurse in the future. I will be taking Human A&P 1 and 2 and Elementary Chemistry during the Spring semester of 2021. I bought so many books on human A&P, but they all lack the physiology part. They have wonderful pictures but not enough information to help understand the human body functions. I have wanted to invest in a good book or online websites or apps to learn better Human A&P. One that is detailed in both Anatomy and physiology.
  4. I am wondering if anyone knows of any online Anatomy & Physiology courses that include a lab?? IF SO, what kind of lab? Do you have to do dissections in your home? Did you have to have the tests proctored? I was hoping to find a school in Illinois or Wisconsin, but anywhere is great! Thank you!
  5. I need some help on anatomical terms. I am using Marieb's lab book edition 9. The answers I think they are are in parenthesis. Here is the question and what I think the answers are: Several incomplete statements are listed below. Correctly complete each statement by choosing the appropriate anatomical term from the key. anterior distal frontal inferior lateral medial posterior proximal sagittal superior transverse In the anatomical position the face and palms are on the (anterior) body surface; the buttocks and shoulder blades are on the (posterior) body surface; and the top of the head is the most (superior) part of the body. The ears are (superior) and (distal) to the shoulders and (posterior) to the nose. The heart is (anterior) to the vertebral column -spine- and (medial) to the lungs. The elbow is (proximal) to the fingers but (distal) to the shoulder. The abdominopelvic cavity is (inferior_ to the thoracic cavity and (anterior) to the spinal cavity. In humans, the dorsal surface can also be called the (inferior) surface; however in quadruped animals the dorsal surface is the (posterior) surface. If an incision cuts the heart into right and left parts, the section is a (sagittal) section; but if the heart is cut so that superior and inferior portions result, the section is a (transverse) section. You are told to cut a dissection animal along two planes so both kidneys are observable in each section. The two sections that will always meet the requirement is the (frontal) and (sagittal) sections. A section that demonstrates the continuity between the spinal and cranial cavities is the (frontal) section. I would really appreciate if anyone could tell me if I'm doing something wrong? If I get a poor grade in this class I won't get into nursing school. Thank you.
  6. Here are the Patho guides that I promised to put up awhile ago. Just right click on the link, and "save as." These were tailored to how my instructor taught the class, and what we were expected to know. They are a combo of lecture notes, notes from my book and additional info & graphics to help understand...I focused on these for the tests and got a high A in the class. Good luck, and hope these help someone!
  7. I've been lurking on this website for a couple years now and have finally joined now that I'm getting closer to applying to nursing school. I've had doubts about whether I'll be able to make it in. My GPA is not the greatest and I've had to retake classes. When I'm able to really focus in on school I can get A's but I've been spread really thin these past few years, with work (as a home health CNA), having two small children and needing to help quite a lot with them plus housework due to my wife having PPD (I'm not complaining, just the way it is), moving three times, tons of home repair projects, etc. Anyway, you get the point. Life has been busy and my grades have suffered. I just finished Anatomy and passed with a C. I'm confident that had I studied more I could have done better but that didn't happen! I'm worried about not getting into nursing school. If my overall GPA was better I wouldn't worry so much, but as it is.... Has anyone on here made it into nursing school with a C in Anatomy? If so, what was your overall GPA?
  8. UGH my brain is melting. I've been studying for my anatomy exam like crazy and I still can't wrap my brain around the left bone vs. the right bone. Does anyone have an easy neat tricks to remember the difference? Specifically: Clavicles, scapulae, tibia, fibula, ulna, radius
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    Why is A&P so hard?

    Hi, just wondering why people say Human Anatomy and Physiology is so hard. What about it makes it so difficult compared to biology or psychology? Just trying to prepare myself for when I take the course. Thanks! 🙂 EDIT: also, if you have any advice as to how I can do well with studying, please let me know!