Student Survival Tips for Anatomy and Physiology
Kevin Patton (1999)
Student Survival Guide for Anatomy and Physiology
Mosby, St. Louis
This booklet contains suggestions, strategies, and resources to succeed in Anatomy and Physiology.
Top Ten List….
Have a Winning Attitude.
You can do it!
Know your learning style.
Some students are visual learners, others are auditory learners, and yet
others learn best through their sense of touch. Take the
Learning Style Inventory
included in this
packet to determine your own learning style.
See suggestions that correspond to your style.
Plan a learning strategy.
Time management skills are essential. Record your exam and quiz dates
on a calendar.
Schedule your study times and stick to it! Develop a sequence of learning activities
that includes attending all classes, reading your text, reviewing notes, working with a study group,
doing your study guide and A.D.A.M. assignments, and exam preparation.
Arrange a suitable study area
Find a place that is quiet and comfortable. Organize all the items
you need to study effectively.
Plan a reading strategy.
When reading your text, plan to preview the chapter, ask yourself
questions, read for main ideas, recite aloud, record main ideas, and review.
Analyze your note taking.
Are your notes legible, detailed, and logical? Organize and process your
notes shortly after lecture. Look for connections when reviewing your notes.
Answer review and study questions, do A.D.A.M. assignments, form a study group,
write and map out concepts, make and use flash cards to help reinforce key points.
when you do not understand the course material.
Use all your resources.
Check out the resources in Andruss Library.
There are books, tapes,
videos, and computer programs. Take advantage of review sessions.
Visit your instructor if you
Seek a tutor if needed.
Prepare for tests.
Practice the multiple-choice exams in your study guide.
Get a good night’s sleep
and eat well.
Have your classmates quiz you.
Prepare memory helpers and mnemonic devices.
Review your notes.
(NOT for the first time)
Cramming is not effective!
Use a test taking strategy.
Know the exam format.
Skim over the exam before beginning.
Understand the directions.
Skip the questions that stump you and come back to them.
what is being asked.
Underline key words in the questions.
Eliminate choices and select the best in
a multiple-choice format.
Plan essay answers before writing.
Keep an eye on the time.
answers and the scantron forms. Ask your instructor if you have a question.