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8 Steps to create your own Anatomy Flash Cards

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Anatomy flash cards are a popular way for students to learn Anatomy and test their level of knowledge and understanding of the subject. Every major Anatomy Atlas publisher has brought out a deck of cards, usually with an image on one side and the name of the image and the related theory on the other side. But these are not cheap.

If you want to create your own flash card deck, you can do so using the kenHub online Anatomy Atlas:

  • Register: By going to kenhub.com and registering as a user you can access the online Anatomy Atlas.
  • Select: Browse through the image collections and choose the images you would like to use.
  • Download: By right-clicking the images and selecting ‘save image as’ you can download each individual image to your computer, tablet or phone for your personal use.*
  • Print: Using the printer options, you can select the size you would like your cards to be and print them out on photo paper, or slightly thicker paper (card) for durability.
  • Copy: rewrite the most important bullet points of each card from your Anatomy notes and the name of the image on the back side. Important details include:
  1. Innervation: Nerve Supply
  2. Vascularization: Blood Supply (Including Arteries and Veins)
  3. Function: What the structure in the Image does
  4. Movement: If the structure is a muscle, you could include whether it Abducts, Adducts, Flexes or Extends, for example
  5. Acronyms: To help you remember difficult words
  6. Phonetic Spelling: Ensures the correct pronunciation of the words
  7. English & Latin Terminology: Which ever language the flash cards are presented in, it could be helpful to include the other language at the back, since various countries use various nomenclature.
  • Laminate: When you are sure you have included all the important information on the back of each card, in order to ensure the endurance of your cards and protect them from bending or getting dirty, you can get them laminated at most print shops or just use a broad cellotape at home.
  • Hole Punch: By creating a small hole in each card in the top left-hand corner and using a circular clip, you can add the cards you will be revising that day and take them with you.
  • Box: Find a small box to store your new deck to keep it clean and together while you are not using it.

By creating the cards yourself, it helps instill the knowledge better because first you have to make notes from your anatomy classes and reading materials and then you have to further summarize it so that only the most important details are left. When you write on the cards it is like revising the bullet points as you go.

Once the deck is finished, you can use them for quick references, as a pocket version of the Anatomy Atlas that you can take to class and won’t be so bulky and finally when it is time to revise before a test or your exams, you can test yourself by looking at the image on the front of the card, see if you remember the structure’s name and the necessary information related to it. Once you have recalled everything you can, turn it over and truthfully evaluate yourself. It will give you a clear idea of where you are at in your revision and whether you need to reevaluate your study technique, increase the amount of time you reserve for studying Anatomy or work harder on specific weak points.

If you don't want to spend time creating flash cards and improve your anatomy knowledge in the most efficient way, register at kenhub.com. The online anatomy trainer makes sure you learn anatomy the fastest, in the most engaging and guided way possible.

*Based on our Intellectual property rights and use guidelines, downloading images from kenHub is permitted provided that the download is intended for personal use only. If you would like to share or use our images for any other purpose or setting (academic, business or otherwise), please contact us at [email protected] to find out more about our licensing options.

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Author: Dr. Alexandra Sieroslawska

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