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How to Study for Anatomy

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Many students see Anatomy as a difficult, time consuming and even boring subject; Kenhub’s main aim is to change this way of thinking and to enlighten the Anatomy student in the ways of making this subject quick and easy!

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Time Management

The most important thing to remember is that studying takes time. You won’t find any spells or recipes for magic potions on this site, however we aim to provide you with the best tools to make your experience with this subject as enjoyable and successful as possible! Here is a tested method, that may be seen as a cliche, but hey, it works!

  1. Make a Study Schedule: If you have several exams and you are learning several subjects throughout the semester simultaneously, you need to organize yourself. Allocating the correct amount of time for each subject so that you keep up with your class material and manage to revise for any midterms and of course the final exams is vital. BUT REMEMBER: everyone is different and will have a different schedule. make one that is going to help YOU and stick to it.
  2. Categorize Subjects according to their Difficulty: If you do find Anatomy hard, make sure you study it at least three times a week for several hours, or even every day for a shorter time. Start of with an initial plan and if you feel something isn’t working, change it. It is always best to make a start, rather than ignoring something you fear and cramming for that exam last minute.
  3. Start at the beginning of Term: I know it’s freshers week, you have to shop, settle back in, see your friends blah blah blah...you also need to pass your exams. Even if you just do number one and two of this list in the first week back, it's a start. Lessons start officially on the first day of term, therefore in some capacity, so should you.
  4. Include social time, chores, downtime and sports in your study schedule: many people make the mistake of thinking, ‘okay, I have four weeks until my exam I will study non-stop and everything will be fine.’ Now back to reality...the human body needs minimum six hours of sleep per night, food, water and psychological stimulation outside the books and lectures. Reread number three of this list again if you aren’t following. The fact is, if you make time to clean your house, shop for food, have a night out each week and a coffee break with your friends, not to mention time for keeping fit, you will retain much more information and it goes without saying that you will be happier and healthier.
  5. Be Realistic about your goals and study methods: lastly, if something isn’t working for you, you need to reevaluate before it’s too late and you have wasted the majority of the time you had. If you learn by copying the information down in notes form, but you aren’t understanding it, it will become a problem; try something else. Especially if you are setting goals that are way out of your studying capacity. Set little goals, for each day, with a bigger picture in mind. That way, you will reach them and feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, that will keep you going.
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Author: Dr. Alexandra Sieroslawska

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