Anatomy & Physiology is a class you’ll have to take if you’re a health science major. This is a class that a lot of students absolutely dread! However, Anatomy really isn’t that bad. For example, you normally don’t have to learn math, and you’ll be able to relate with a lot of the material you’ll learn since it is about the human body.
In this article, I’m going to cover two things:
1. Give you a brief overview of what you’ll expect to learn in Anatomy and Physiology
2. Give you proven study tips to help you ace this class!!
What You’ll Learn in Anatomy and Physiology
In Anatomy and Physiology, you’re going to learn about body systems, organs, muscles, bones, tissue types, nerves, organ systems, immune system, cells, and more.
There are three basic types of information you’ll learn in this class: Definitions, diagrams, and the function of certain anatomical structures.
Study Tips to Help You Ace Anatomy & Physiology
1. Read before you go to class.
2. Show up to class and take good notes.
3. Rote memorization for definitions. Repeat them over and over, and have someone quiz you. A lot of people find it helpful to re-write the definitions after class. You may even make your own flashcards or buy some to help with this.
4. Make sure to repeat them out loud. Hearing yourself repeat make it stick much more than merely repeating it silently in your head. Once heard of a man who memorized the entire New Testament of the Bible because he constantly was reading it out loud.
5.Print diagrams and complete them over and over again. Study the picture first, and then use a scanner to print the diagram from the book. If you don’t have a scanner, you can draw your own. By doing this over and over, you’ll learn the body parts.
6. Incorporate things you’ve learned into your daily conversations. For example, let’s say you worked out at the gym, which is a great thing to do as you learn the muscles by the way. Talk to your friends and say, “I’m going to work out my biceps and my pectoral muscles today.” Try to use specific names for things in your everyday conversation.
7. Make a joke about it. “Epidermis is showing.” Epidermis is your outer skin.
8. Visual Imagery: Obturator muscle laterally rotates femur with hip extension and abduct the femur with flexion. Smooth Obturator.
9. Acrostics: Word or sentence in which the word corresponds to another word. White blood cells from greatest to least: Never Let a Monkey Eat Bananas= Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophil’s, and Basophils.
10. Acronyms: for chest pain treatment: MONA: Morphine, Oxygen, Nitroglycerin, and Aspirin.
11. Practice Quizzes/Study Guides. Be sure to check out our free anatomy quizzes and study guides. We also have many anatomy videos on YouTube that you may find helpful.
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