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
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
But how to find the motivation even when we have it under
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