1. Put in as much time in lab as possible: don t leave early, and don t just look at the material, but takes notes, make drawings, and try to learn it.
2. Be sure you have found and understood everything you are supposed to in lab. If you need help with something, ask! Don't leave lab until all your questions have been answered.
3. You are expected to learn a lot of material in this course, and this takes time, both in lab and at home. There are no miracle shortcuts.
4. While studying, your environment should be as free of distractions as possible: no TV, minimal music, no roommates or family members disturbing you. Avoid the use of controlled substances.
5. Focus on studying the models, slides and specimens in the lab rather than just diagrams and figures. Things don t always look like photos and you risk simply memorizing the photo or diagram rather than the actual info.
6. Use active studying/learning methods. Simply reading or highlighting and looking at models is passive and uses few brain pathways, making it more difficult to learn the material. Active study methods use more brain pathways and solidify connections, making recall easier.
7. Learn the terminology The first lab covers lots of basic terms that you will see repeatedly (by themselves or as parts of other names, e.g. femoral region, femur, femoral artery, etc.).
8. Learn some Latin (seriously!): learn the meanings of the roots, suffixes, and prefixes of the terms, as you will see these again and again (e.g. ante means "before", epi means "around", myo means "muscle", etc.).
9. Try to develop mnemonics to help you memorize info -- it s OK if they re silly. Share them with the class!
10. Finally, if you are doing poorly on the weekly quizzes, that is a sure sign that you need to put in more effort and alter your study habits.