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Top Ten Tips & Shortcuts

For Success in Anatomy & Physiology

Here are just a few tips to get you started
click here for the whole list

1. Know your learning style—how you learn best.  Do you learn best by hearing it, seeing it, feeling it, reading about it?   Then tailor your learning activities to suit your style—it'll be faster and more fun

Click here for more on learning styles
—and a FREE online quiz that identifies your style!

2. Read the textbook --the textbook has the "meat" of the matter and some useful diagrams and tables, too!

Click here for more on using the text effectively
—including tips on increasing retention
while decreasing reading time!

3. Draw a picture of each concept—if you can map it out visually, you've gained significant understanding of the concept. 

Click here for more on concept maps
—including examples you can use!

Visualize lists using mnemonics!

4. Approach your course as if it were a foreign language course: study the new "foreign" words first, then use your new vocabulary to build an understanding of concepts 

Click here for more on learning new words
—including proven tricks for learning them fast and easy!

5. Keep a running concept list for each new concept that you learn.  Many concepts show up time and again in a course . . . often with new connections to other concepts.  If you keep a list handy for each separate concept and add to it throughout the course, you'll learn it a lot more easily!

Click here for more on running concept lists
—including examples of lists
that you will want to be sure that you have!

6. Form a study group!  Nothing works better than pooling your efforts and interacting with other students in your class.  Make sure you meet weekly, not only just before a test.

Click here for more on study groups
—how to form one and what to do when you are in a study group!

7. Use your learning outline as a skeleton for your own notes and study sessions.  Use your outline as the "skeleton" on which you hang all the "organs" of the course.

Click here for more on using outlines
—and helpful shortcuts and how-to hints!

8. Practice for tests!  Get to know what kind of items will be on a test and make up your own items to practice with.  Develop a test-taking strategy that will improve your test scores.

Click here for more on test-taking
—and links to more proven test-taking strategies!

Click here for tips on preparing for online tests!

Click here for help with Moodle

9. Learn from your mistakes!  Go over each test and study the items that were marked wrong to find out how you can better improve your skills for the next test.

Click here for a test analysis worksheet
—to use for each test  to figure out how you went astray

Click here to challenge a test item!

10. Take time to have fun.  If you study, study, study you'll get burned out on your courses and won't have the balanced attitude necessary for success. 

Click here to for more on having fun
—and some suggestions for relaxing between study sessions!


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This page updated on 23-sep-16