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Does anyone know of any good (anatomy) studying techniques?

Asked by sevenfourteen (2422points) May 3rd, 2009

Ok so it’s finals week, and I know I’m going to be studying for the next 4 days straight but I didn’t know if anyone knew any good tricks on how to study more efficiently. In particular for a HUGE cumulative anatomy exam. I get the gist of what’s going on but it’s hard to remember all the little details of every enzyme and hormone function. I study best by copying my notes over and over, but with 30+ pages of notes I don’t think I have enough time.

Are there any good anatomy websites, tricks to help remember systems, or even ways to stay up all night so I can get through all of this?? I have a spanish exam I haven’t even started looking at and history the morning after. The anatomy exam is on respiratory, renal, reproduction, digestion, lymphatic, immune, and the entire cardiovascular system. It’s times like these when you rethink being a health science major :(

ANY advice is helpful!! (unless of course it’s “suck it up” which I know I have to do already)

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Facade's avatar

Try reading over any charts you have over and over. Quiz yourself on them when you think you have it down. Incorporate study into your daily schedule (i.e. while you’re typing, think of the bones in your hands and wrists, etc.). It is a little late to being doing this though

nikipedia's avatar

1. Mnemonics. I asked my roommate to help me come up with one to remember the order of brain waves as you transition from sleep to waking: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, Gamma. She immediately gave me the sentence: Don’t Tell Anna Brian’s Gay. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.

2. Study groups, as long as one of you is bossy enough to keep everyone on task.

Jayne's avatar

I know how I study anatomy. Hubba hubba! ;)

First, compile useful materials, and organize them in a helpful way. This will give you context and structure for the details. Then, read about and quiz yourself on the details. Then, right before the test, ready through your compiled notes, just to get the ‘big picture’ back into your mind. Of course, the relevance of this approach depends on the subject; never having studied anatomy, I’m not sure if it will suit your needs.

loser's avatar

I found the Anatomy Coloring book to be very helpful!

Good luck!!!

janbb's avatar

“Dem bones, dem bones,
dem dry bones,
dem bones, dem bones,
dem dry bones.

Oh, the knee bone’s connected to the foot bone,
the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone…..”

(Just for a laugh :-))

ratboy's avatar

I’ve found that I can learn quite a bit by peeping in my neighbor’s window.

figbash's avatar

I second the Human Anatomy Coloring Book. It really made a big difference for me.

Dog's avatar

I used to photocopy the charts, white out the names and make a bunch of copies. Then I would take a test using a blank one till I got them all right.

YARNLADY's avatar

When you long lists of things to learn, make several copies and put a list in every room, hang one on your bathroom/bedroom mirror, make a placemat of one, or prop it up at every meal, including during preparation.

sevenfourteen's avatar

@everyone- thanks I’m gonna try some of these techniques. Maybe I should have mentioned- I’ve already been tested on all these things once, now it’s like an intense review but it’s still just as difficult.

BCarlyle's avatar

I’m a big fan of the “say it, see it, squeeze it” technique if you have a significant other that will help you study.

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