Anatomy is one of the most difficult subjects you learn in vet school. Memorizing all the anatomical structures and their functions is tough enough as it is, but you have a number of other classes to study for as well! Talk about time management. To help you be successful in your classes, we’ve come up with 13 tips for studying anatomy more effectively:
Schedule it in
This is key for making your life easier right before exams. We all know how stressful it is trying to cram in all the material you’ve learned the entire semester just one week before exams. It’s very tiring, stressful, and frankly ineffective. Most of the time, cramming all that material results in storing the information in your short term memory, so you may do well on the exam, but you end up forgetting most of it shortly afterwards.
The key here is making the time for studying, whether that be actually scheduling it into your weekly routine, or simply making sure to find time for it here and there. The way to avoid the issue with cramming is to make studying a habit and continuously review the material – this means no procrastinating!
Start Early
This goes along with scheduling in study time. Naturally, if you start early and schedule in time for studying, then you’re setting yourself up for success. We’ve all been there one week before exams and panicking because there is so much to review and so little time – that’s when you wish you started earlier. This means you need to find the motivation to set time to study and review your notes, without procrastinating until the last minute.
Repetition Repetition Repetition
This one is fairly obvious, the more you go over something, the more likely you will remember it. The only way to memorize all the different anatomical structures and their functions is to repeat, repeat, and you guessed it, repeat. Many students find re-writing notes to be helpful.
Switch it up
While it is great to find your routine and what works for you, it’s good to switch things up and use different study techniques to reinforce the material and to avoid getting stuck in a rut. If you read the textbook, write notes, use flashcards and study visual diagrams, you will be more likely to remember and understand the material than if you only used flashcards.
Get Creative
Use your artistic skills to help you study. To fully understand diagrams, try redrawing them and annotate them with facts and features. When you draw bones, muscles or tissue use different colours for each to make them easier to visualize. Then hang the diagrams and charts around the room on the walls to visualize the bigger picture. —Source: Easy Anatomy