|'When I was at CCBC I
A&P was hard! I did not understand why I had to know all that I
to know. I enjoyed the anatomy of the course, but found myself hating
the physiology of it all. ...|
Well, reality has struck!! There is no whining in nursing school, because no one hears you.
.... The anatomy goes hand and hand with the physiology. ... Anatomy can be memorized, physiology must be understood. ... In my A&P courses, I could memorize my notes and pass the class, but that did not indicate my understanding of the material. It is important to understand and be able to apply the information, not [just] memorize it.'
I studied Lecture and Lab together, it not only helped me understand
what I was reading, it also helped me remember the concepts.
Associating foreign concepts (since I do not have a science
background,) with a visual image makes the concept real and almost easy
to understand. Looking over the Lab Sheets the night before class
enabled me to use my Lab-time to it's fullest, as I would have a basic
understanding entering Lab and I was able to ask questions to clarify
what I wasn't able to get on my own. Once I completed the assignment
for that day I would use the extra Lab-time to go over the material
from other chapters that I didn't know so well using models and
microscopes. If I needed even more Lab-time I would stay for the second
Lab or come an additional morning or afternoon and someone from the
science department would open the Lab for me or take out a model for me
to study by the table next to your office [so that I could ask
questions. <paraphrased>] I don't know how it would have been
possible for me to do well on the tests without having spent all that
time studying... |
The chapters [for which] I spent the time going over the Review Questions before we learned the material in class, I had a much greater comprehension of after you taught it. By the time I got to class, it wasn't foreign anymore, you just clarified the understanding I already had. This helped me tremendously before a test, as I did not have to cram in information I never looked at! I just had to review it (and then cram the other chapters I didn't look at). Memorizing the difficult words from Lecture and Lab made it so much easier for me to label and learn what they do. When the words were not in my vocabulary I felt like I was reading a different language... which is practically impossible to memorize, let alone understand!