Are you struggling with the anatomy exam but don’t know what to do anymore? You have come to the right place, in this article I have collected 9 tips directly from students who have already passed this obstacle.
I have always thought that anatomy is one of the most difficult subjects to study. On the other hand, it is a matter of learning the nature and characteristics of anatomical structures, the functions, how they can interact, damage, heal and so much more!
In doing so, I realized two things …
- Actually studying anatomy is not easy, that’s why you shouldn’t approach reading these tips as if they were magic recipes. They are more simply cues that have given a hand to those who prepared the exam before you, and who could therefore be really useful.
- Many of the suggestions gathered are common to the preparation of all the subjects that you might have to face in your studies.
Now let’s move on to tips for studying effective anatomy, let’s see them together!
1) Plan the study
The basis for studying anatomy better, and more. On the other hand, we all know very well how stressful it is to prepare an exam when the available material is fragmented and difficult to digest.
Well, there is something even more stressful: preparing for the exam in a super-restricted period of time! A condition unfortunately widespread as well as ineffective.
Of course, someone could tell you that basically preparing for the exam in the days just before is possible, and maybe you will be able to snatch that 18 you so desire.
However, this is a path that I cannot really support: in addition to bringing stress to unsustainable levels, this approach does not allow you to really learn what you are studying, and therefore you have no guarantee of making a good impression on the exam.
2) Re-elaborate and repeat aloud
The second idea is another evergreen: don’t just parrot repeat, but try to re – elaborate the information using simple words, starting from the key concepts and then gradually developing in-depth information.
Then remember to find the right synergy between the writing and the oral one. Writing notes and reflections by hand will help you to better seal the concepts to keep in mind, and often the best cure-all for your preparation will be repeated aloud.
3) Use a little creativity
In the study of anatomy, try to develop your artistic and creative skills. Try to draw bones, muscles or tissues, use different colors to make them easier to visualize and memorize, try to structure diagrams and tables to facilitate learning of patterns and deductions.
In short, try to show off your creativity. If you never had the opportunity to cultivate your soul as an artist, what better occasion?
4) Work in team
For some people working in a group can be very useful.
Confronting yourself within a team will allow you to share ideas, verify whether they are credible and sustainable during the exam, answer insidious questions, identify and correct areas of weakness and much more.
Not only: working in a study group can also motivate you to better study and maintain a higher level of responsibility, considering that your preparation will also end up influencing that of your colleagues.
5) Stay motivated
The motivation is an extremely important element to achieve good results at the university. If you are not motivated, you will end up continually postponing the study coming close to the exam without having concluded anything.
But how to find the motivation even when we have it under and shoes?
There are different strategies, but each of us must find the one that works best for us. For example, you might try to decide in advance a sort of “prize”, a small acknowledgment for all the times you reach a goal. Or it could be useful what I recommended in point 4: the comparison with other people can be a very powerful stimulus to give the best of oneself. Or again, you could try the sofa method.
6) Make simulations
Test your knowledge by simulating how questions could be asked during the exam.
Also in this case, you can resort to various stratagems: you can create questions to share with your study colleagues, you can use material that you find online, or even that provided by your teacher.
Try to be ruthless: creating simulations that are not able to stimulate your commitment properly serves no purpose.
Instead, try to get tested periodically to find out your actual weaknesses. By doing this, instead of constantly reviewing all the educational material, you will be able to concentrate mainly on the areas where you feel less strong.
7) Use all the resources at your disposal
Does the educational material of the exam program seem too broad to you? I can assure you that if you want to prepare for the anatomy exam, it’s not always the case!
To maximize the effectiveness of your study, try also to consult different material from the one provided by the teacher, even if only by integrating online research (watch out for sources!). This could help you better understand concepts that may not have been clear to you, and therefore impossible to memorize.
In other words, never stop at the essential: the difference between a solid and conscientious preparation and a bare and easily breakable preparation is right here!
8) Take clear and simple notes
Taking notes is a key part of helping you remember and develop a truly effective university study method.
To maximize the effectiveness of this technique, make sure you understand the content correctly, when you proceed with the next phase of your preparation. The use of a language that is too confusing and so opaque that it cannot be understood during information review will drastically decrease the effectiveness of the notes.
9) Understand your learning style
I left for last what, together with point 1, is probably the most important advice: try to understand what learning style you have and, based on this, personalize your studio.
Are you a student who needs images and graphic and multimedia elements to learn better? Are you maybe a student who likes to study only on the text? Do you like to repeat yourself, or do you need a comparison with another person?
Try to understand what student you are, in the knowledge that most people are actually a combination of learning styles.
Understanding what “works” for you is the basis for improving your results at university. Specifically to understand your cognitive style, from here you will discover the best techniques and strategies to prepare for exams based on your characteristics.
What do you think? Do you have any tips to share about studying anatomy?