Study Tips for Human Anatomy and Physiology
Shared by current or former Allied Sciences Students
I always go to class or listen to the recorded lectures. It helps if you spend 15 min a day just reading over your notes. It makes studying for exams way easier. Write down EVERYTHING the professor says that is not on the notes. It will be on the tests. I read the book because it helps clarify ideas I am confused about. Another great way to study is to use the Learnsmart flashcards. It helps you see what areas you need to focus on better.
Beth- Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
To be successful in anatomy and physiology I or II, you should attend lecture or listen to the online lectures posted after each class if you don’t attend the lecture. Make sure you are well read on the reading assignments posted on blackboard. Utilize the online study materials such as the Saladin or Tegrity website. It’s always best to stay caught up on the reading so you understand the basic concepts during lecture. This will help reinforce what you have read and supplement your reading.
---Marc, Pre-Respiratory Care
Go to class and take as many notes that will help you remember. In your free time read the chapters in the book and take notes from the book also. A lot of time you might miss important things in lecture that you can learn by taking your own notes. When you read and take notes on your own also it is kind of like a review for the test so you don't have to cram to study three or four chapters in one night before the test. Another tip for both lecture and lab would be to take it at the same time and read the lab manual and make notecards. The notecards can help for both lab and lecture. The class is all on how you manage your time because there is no way you can learn everything by cramming in one night before the test. Take time a couple days a week to look things over and refresh your memory. It's a difficult class but if you stick with it and stay positive then you will do great!
---Angela, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
Listen to recorded lectures, the second time through can make more sense if you read up on what was talked about in class before you watch them. If you can take a look at the previous year’s tests it will help you to know how the professor asks questions, and that can be the hardest part of the class.
---Charles, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
Take the lab and the lecture in the same semester. They build on each other. It starts with your own attitude and motivation. What you put into the class will be what you get out of it. Before the lecture, skim the chapter to get an understanding of the big picture. Go to the lecture. After the lecture, review the lecture notes along with the chapter. The notes will help you to focus on what is most important, and the chapter may provide clarification of topics in your notes. Go to class. Be sure to start reviewing for exams a few days before the test.
---Nick, Radiologic Sciences
Bring your book to class. During the lecture, highlight the information that is being covered in the textbook. Then review the highlighted sections and the lecture notes after class.
---Justin, Radiologic Sciences
Print off the notes in advance! Write comments/notes during lecture, especially any comments that might help you later remember the professor’s examples or examples of your own. Use the practice quizzes and questions to prepare for exams. Reference that lab manual material! Sometimes the questions in there were helpful, or the readings explained things a little better.
---Brianna, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
Read the assigned textbook sections before coming to class. This makes note-taking during lecture easier because you’ll better understand what the instructor is explaining or summarizing. Pay close attention in class. The professor is unlikely to repeat the content, so write down important details ASAP. If content is repeated, make a note of it. This fact will be needed for the next exam. If you don’t understand a concept, ask the instructor after class. The professor is more than willing to thoroughly explain.
---Vicki, Radiologic Sciences
I made flashcards from the lecture notes. The night before each test a friend and I would get together and go through the notes and explain different processes and quiz each other. Studying with someone helped me the most. I also talked to the professor and asked how I could understand the physiology better, and she told me to diagram out processes to help understand what’s going on where. She also helped clear up any questions I had.
---Tania, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
My advice would be to go to class, listen to the lecture, take notes along with the printed slides because the professor often adds a lot of information that isn't found in the notes. Read the chapter in the textbook and pay particular attention to the terms and information that the professor goes over in class. I would also suggest doing all the recommended activities the professor posts on Blackboard; they really help me retain the information.
--Ana, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
The best tip that I would share with students is to start off strong. Starting off strong is tough so if you fail don't give up because there are still many points that could be earned to succeed in this course. The Learnsmart module, A&P revealed quizzes and Blackboard quizzes will be great tools to use to your advantage in order to achieve maximum points in those areas. The exams in this class are very tough. Sometimes it feels like no matter what you study or how much you study it doesn't seem to work but don't ever think about not putting all your effort into studying for exams because you will at least know that you have put everything you can into succeeding in this class.
--Ali, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
In order to be successful in Biol 220, it is important to attend all class lectures and listen to the online lectures. First, I would listen to the online lecture then go to class so the information would make more sense in class. I read the book if I needed to get a deeper understanding of a concept that I did not quite understand. It was helpful to do all the assignments that were posted on Blackboard as well as the extra credit offered. I reviewed my notes right after the class and found it easier to remember the information later on. The professor mainly goes over information on the powerpoint, but says a lot of extra information that is very important. Make sure to write down everything the professor says and has on the powerpoint. Also, when studying for tests, use your Biol 220 lab manual. The lab manual gave me a better understanding of many different concepts. Since there is so much information it is important to start reviewing for as little as 15 minutes every day just so that way you are not cramming for a test.
--Morgan, Pre-Radiologic Sciences