by JOE WU
Are you getting ready to take an anatomy and physiology test? You’re probably plenty stressed out. There’s just so much detail to remember.
In fact, anatomy and physiology may be one of the most challenging subjects out there. But don’t give up! There are ways to help your brain to retain the material much more easily.
1) It’s a system
The first key to remember is that anatomy is a system. It works the same way in any human, and even in a lot of animals. Sure, there is some individual variation, and animals have a somewhat different construction, but the basic ingredients are the same, and they function much the same as well.
In fact, the fact that animals are so much like us when it comes to anatomy and physiology is why they are often used for medical studies and even in medical training. It’s inhumane, and there are efforts in place to reduce or eliminate those kinds of uses of animals, but you get the point.
So the first thing you should do is focus on how the body is put together as a system, and focus on the connections as you go about studying the details. It will help you remember things a whole lot better.
2) It’s visual
This goes along with the system approach. Focus on what it looks like as you study. This will create additional connections in your brain and help you file the information more effectively for later retrieval.
3) Give yourself time
Human anatomy and physiology is a huge subject, and as such, you can’t expect to be able to just cram for a day or two and get it all into your brain. Give it time. Plan to start early with studying it, and work your way through your materials.
4) Be sure to review
This is important. As you study human anatomy and physiology, be sure to review regularly. This will help your brain retain the information you have already learned. If you don’t review, you run the danger that the old information gets buried under the new info, and you may not be able to retrieve it come exam time.
5) Get the right study materials
Be sure to have good study materials. Sure, there are lots of them to pick from, but just because the information is in there, technically speaking, doesn’t mean it’s designed for easy “uptake.” Be sure to get a study guide or course that really works with your learning style, has lots of images, preferably in 3D, and review questions.
Yes, the human anatomy and physiology test is challenging, but with the right preparation you should be able to ace it.
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