The first and only Anatomy & Physiology class I took was in high school. Throughout my undergrad, even though my degree was in science, I was never required to take A&P. I also never had the time. I wish I had. Now, as an aspiring physician assistant, I need to take the course. A&P is required for one of the programs to which I am applying. I find every section interesting, even the ones I did not previously find to be particularly exciting.
Here are a few of my study tips.
- Read, or at least skim the chapters before or after lecture. This will give more depth of knowledge.
- Print & read the PowerPoint before lecture & be sure to study these.
- Print & review study guide for the lecture or chapter before the lecture.
- Use flash cards, online or actual cards, for terms you are struggling to memorize. Maybe there is a set of terms that you need to memorize, and flash cards may help. Plus these can be taken anywhere for a quick review/study.
- Make laminated study sheets. Once you print the images, you can remove labels and have one side labeled, one side blank. Whatever is best for you. I just use a labeled diagram and cover the labels with a note card in order to quiz myself. You can add as many images per page as you like. I usually print 1-2 per page, and laminate 2 sheets back-to-back. Which figures are important? The ones that are mentioned in the PowerPoint, study guide, stressed by the professor, or include all the required terms.
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- Study. You must actually study the materials. Read them, review them, quiz yourself. This is active studying, not passive studying.