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Anatomy Study Tips

Anatomy is a difficult subject to study because of the many new definitions and concepts. Simply reading your textbook is NOT AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF STUDYING! By just reading, you will attempt to memorize all of the information, and you may miss important concepts or ideas. Here are some study tips that will help you prepare for your tests:

1. Read the chapter. Read each paragraph slowly and carefully, and always refer to the diagrams that the book indicates. After you read a sentence or a paragraph, ask yourself "Do I understand what I just read?" If you do, then you can continue. If you do not, then you must look it over again and try to understand it.

2. As you read, highlight or underline important concepts or definitions. The book does a good job of helping you with this because they BOLD important definitions.

3. As you read, make your own point form notes of what you've just read. The important part is to put what the text book says into YOUR OWN WORDS. Arrange your notes under headings, which will help you organize your studying.


  6.2 Types of membranes
    - serous: lines body cavities that lack openings to outside; e.g. abdomen
    - mucous: lines cavities, tubes that open to outside; e.g. oral cavity
    - synovial: form inner linings of joint cavities; secrete synovial fluid e.g. between ends of bones
    - cutaneous: skin

4. After reading a subsection of the text, you will find boxes of "checkpoints" which contain 3-4 questions. WRITE THESE QUESTIONS DOWN and ANSWER THEM. The answers are somewhere in the subsection of the text that you just read, so ensure that you answer them as best as you can.

5. Your teacher provides "learning objectives" on your course handout. Ensure that you can answer all of them. Write them out and then search for the answers in either your class notes or textbook.

6. The final product of all the preceding steps should be a summary package of :
    a. The concepts/definitions of the chapter in your own words
    b. The "checkpoint" questions with your answers
    c. Your teacher's learning objectives with your answers

7. You should work a day at a time. Do not attempt to cram all of this into one night. Spread out your time. For instance, if today is Tuesday and your test is next Wednesday on chapters 1 & 2, make a study schedule such as this:
• Tuesday: read and make notes on chapter 1: pages 1 - 8
• Wednesday: read and make notes on chapter 1: pages 9 - 15
• Thursday: review notes from chapter 1, answer teacher's learning objectives, do practice questions from back of chapter
• Friday: read and make notes on chapter 2: pages 1 - 9
• Saturday: read and make notes on chapter 2: pages 10 - 18
• Sunday: review notes from chapter 2, answer teacher's learning objectives, do practice questions from back of chapter 2
• Monday: review all notes from chapters 1 & 2
• Tuesday: review all notes from chapters 1 & 2

By making this schedule, you are not trying to do too much at once and it will leave you time to review and try and understand each concept before moving onto the next chapter.

8. Finally, relax. You have prepared for your test; you have your own summary notes of the chapters now which leaves you even more prepared for the final exam. Breathe deeply, focus carefully on each question and what it is asking you, and be confident in your abilities.

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