The Anatomy Exam Cheat Sheet

August 27, 2013

If you're in school preparing for a career in the medical field, your knowledge and understanding of human anatomy will play a critical role in your success. However, learning how to identify every part of the human body can be challenging, especially if you are attempting to learn it for the very first time. There are different steps you can take to improve your study habits though. Before your next test on anatomy, take the time to develop a solid study plan. Below you'll find a number of strategies that you can employ to help you excel on your next exam.

Organize Your Priorities


Before you begin studying, break your work into small and manageable pieces. Organizing the test material into different sections can make the material easier to digest. You may want to divide it into specific areas of the body or specific bodily functions. Organize it in a way that will be most efficient for you. When you begin studying, focus on one section at a time. After you become comfortable with one section, start working your way through the next section. However, don't forget to keep reviewing the information that you've already covered.

Study Aids


Study aids can help you quickly and efficiently learn basic anatomy terms. Flash cards are a great visual tool that can help you visualize a body part and learn its name. You can easily make your own flash cards with a stack of note cards and anatomy pictures from a book or the Internet.

You may also be able to find anatomy flash cards in bookstores. Once you have a stack of cards, you can take them anywhere with you to study. If you have a free moment during your lunch break, pull them out. For those of you taking public transportation, the commute to and from school is also a great time to go over your flashcards.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you should consider downloading an anatomy app. There are some great apps available to help you study. Many apps help you look at the human body from a variety of angles to help you better learn and memorize human anatomy. For those of you who don't want to pay for an app, the iPhone has a nice app called Visual Anatomy Lite which is available for free. You can also download it here for Android devices. If you don't have a mobile device, there are similar websites and programs available for use on your home computer.

Study Groups


Study groups are a great way to get help with your work, have a little fun, and stay focused on your upcoming test. Study groups can also help you make connections with students in other programs, such as nursing students or medical technicians. Make friends with your classmates to start your own study group. Plan to meet each week for a few hours in a quiet place.

Ask for Help


The worst time to ask for help with your coursework is right before a big test. If you have questions, ask your instructor for help early on. You can also consult your classmates for extra help. If you're taking your courses on a university campus, you may have access to tutors who can help you learn your material and improve your study habits.

Consult Your Textbook


Many textbook publishers create additional information and tools to help you prepare for tests. The publisher may maintain a website that features quizzes to help you better grasp the material covered in the book. The back of your textbook may also include some quizzes for you to use. A lot of textbooks also come with interactive CDs nowadays. Make sure you utilize all of the tools at your disposal.

Review Your Notes


During your anatomy classes, it is important to take detailed notes to help you study and prepare for future tests. However, your notes are useless if you don't bother to review them regularly. After each class session, carefully reviewing your notes will help you better grasp each topic. In addition, reviewing your class notes regularly will allow you to identify the areas that you are having the most difficulty with. Understanding your weak areas will allow you to focus on these areas more and better prepare yourself for the next exam.

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