HOW TO STUDY ANATOMY (Skeleton system)



Oh, I remember how lost I was when I tried to prepare for my very first anatomy class! It was about one and a half months ago and the vertebral column seemed to be too complicated to learn (yeah, it was because I didn't have the right strategy and technique for this difficult subject). It was so stressful and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be like that. The most important thing is clearly to determine what study meted works the best for you. And to start studying early, of course:).

In this post I would like to describe my learning style and my way to study effectively anatomy. Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you think about how much time you need for your studying, but don't forget: it will be worth it in the end!

1. CLEAN UP YOUR TABLE AND AVOID DISTRACTIONS

No Facebook, no Instagram. My phone and my laptop are such distractions for me! That's why I need to switch off both of them- and this is the only way I can be 100% concentrated. (But I have my computer on my table if I need one, of course).
I also need to have a glass full of water next to me while I am studying, which helps me to stay hydrated all the time.

2. SKIM IT IN THE ATLAS OF HUMAN ANATOMY

At first I use to look up the region I need to study in the atlas. I have the Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy, where I skim the coherent vocabulary and go through the illustrations. Now I finally know how the bone looks like!

3. READ AND UNDERLINE THE CHAPTER IN YOUR TEXTBOOK

I am really a big fan of highlighting, so my step three in studying anatomy is to highlight the most important things in my textbook. It helps so much to use more then one color when you highlight. It is my way of paying special attention to the new terms:).

4. BACK TO THE ATLAS

Memorizing, memorizing, memorizing. I have to study anatomy in Latin, so there is a huge amount of new words for me. I go through the illustrations, try to understand it and find the connections: (e.g.: there is the humeral trochlea which articulates with the trochlear notch on the ulna).

5. COLORING TIME!

I am a visual learner and the Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book helps me so much. I use a lot of colors and symbols while coloring the illustration. It's quite fun and I need to say that I always enjoy this step so much haha:).

6. 3D APPS

Now it's finally time to explore the human body in 3D! I use YouTube (or some other apps which I downloaded from App Store), so I can see how the bones look like in reality. As I mentioned above, I am not the biggest fan of using computer while studying but this is definitely worth of switching it on:).


And it the end, I would like to mention my three basic study tips:

  • CREATE ASSOCIATIONS AND MNEMONICS 
Are carpal bones to difficult to memorize for you? And have you tried the mnemonics Some Lovers Try Positions That They Cannot Handle? There are lot of sentences you can use for memorizing the order or the names of the bones. This is definitely my favorite one:).

  • IF YOU STUDY ANATOMY IN LATIN, LEARN THE DECLENSIONS 
If you are not from an English-speaking country, you probably also need to study all the vocabulary in Latin. The Latin suffixes are complicated, so the best way of understanding it is to learn the basis of grammar. I went through all the Latin declensions and now it is so much easier to learn all the Latin stuff for me.

  • REPEAT ALL YOU LEARNT REGULARLY 
If you don't want to be stressed out before your exam, repeat all your knowledge you learnt regularly. Yes, it helps if you spend only 10 minutes a day just reading your notes. That means for me a quick look at all the stuff I learnt before I start to learn the new one.


What are your tips for anatomy? What works for you?

Have a great day! 

Bea

3 comments:

  1. Oh my god, I love your blog! I write a psychology-study-blog, Im from Sweden - where do you live?
    XO

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  2. Hello Charlotte! thank you so much!:)) I also love yours, but what a pity- I can only enjoy your pictures because I don't understand Swedish:/

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  3. Literally prud of you Gal !

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