Anatomy and physiology classes can be tough, but they are crucial for anyone aspiring to become a physical therapist. Don’t just go through the motions as an undergrad but try to really internalize the content. Here are some tips to help you not only survive but excel in your anatomy and physiology classes:
Attend every class: It's important to attend every lecture and lab session. This will ensure that you don't miss any important information and that you have a good understanding of the material.
Take good notes: Taking good notes is essential in anatomy and physiology classes. Write down key terms, concepts, and definitions. Writting helps with retention! Also, use diagrams and sketches to help you visualize the structures and functions.
Use study aids: There are many study aids available that can help you learn anatomy and physiology. The things that helped me the most were flashcards and self-made study guides. The fact of the matter is the more time you spend with the material the more likely you are to retain it.
Study in groups: Studying in groups can be helpful as you can discuss and compare notes with your peers. This is not my favorite way to study to focus on but it can also help you identify areas where you may be struggling and work together to understand the material better.
Use mnemonics: Mnemonics can be helpful but for me if I used this tool too much sometimes the mnemonics would run together. For example, "Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel Very Good Velvet AH!" can help you remember the 12 cranial nerves and their functions.
Engage in hands-on learning: Engaging in hands-on learning can be helpful in understanding anatomy and physiology. If possible get into a wet lab! Experience with wet lab help me tremendously when I got to PT school.
Seek help when needed: If you're struggling with a particular concept or topic, don't be afraid to get help. In my experience professors are not just happy to excited you are taking initiative.
In conclusion, surviving anatomy and physiology classes requires dedication (time and repetition), hard work, and a willingness to learn. By following these tips, you can improve your chances of acing that undergrad anatomy class.