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I have already had 2 exams and preparing for my third. Between the first two exams I have came across people who have been asking people how they study for classes. They did not do well on the first exam and now they are looking for ways to pass their classes. If you have recently failed an exam or did not get what you want, take a deep breath and relax. I know this is easier said than done, but I will give you tips I have heard from others and the tips on what I have done to help you improve your grades. This involves setting aside a certain amount of time a few nights each week, so that you can do other activities or study other lectures.
There are many resources out there to help you visualize the body. Almost everyone I know, including myself use an Atlas. Many of my classmates use Netter’s Atlas and I use Atlas of Anatomy (the one I received for joining SOMA).
On top of the atlas we read through our notes 2/3 times. Depending on how you learn, this process may be different. Sometimes I get tired while reading through the notes, and create questions based on the notes or listen to something on YouTube to keep me up. When creating questions, I answer with a couple of sentence and use those as practice questions along with other resources. There are others who listen to the lecture about 3 times. When we do not understand something in class, we go on YouTube to look for a video that explains it.
The apps/ websites I have heard of/ used are:
I personally do not use this, but my classmates use this and say it is really helpful.
Anatomy and Physiology Revealed (love)
This was introduced to us at my school and I have been using it from the beginning. When I have this up, I also have my atlas and notes open. This site allows you to look at the body layer-by-layer. You click on the layer at the bottom of the screen and it pins different things on the body. At that moment, I look at a pin and identify what it is. If it is a muscle, I say which one it is plus, its: origin, insertion, innervation, blood supply and action. This is a lot at once, but this is the information I would have received from my notes. I use the notes to double check what I am saying, then I click on the pin for confirmation. When you click on the pin, it gives you what I just said, but sometimes it may not be as detailed as you need it to be. You have the atlas there just to double check the muscle and the information as well. Now you repeat.
I use the tag sheet I receive from my anatomy lab, to make sure I am going over everything I maybe tested on for the Anatomy lab practical.
I have recently found this hidden treasure and used it as a back up for when I couldn’t find something on Anatomy and Physiology revealed. It is separated by body region. For example, thorax. I would click on this tab and there is a massive list of what can be identified in the thorax region. I go through all of those and read the text on the right. I do the same thing I do with Anatomy Revealed.
Every once in a while I will go to this school’s website to do an Anatomy lab practical quiz. I know others who use this site as well.