There are a lot of classes you have to take before you take your nursing courses. Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology are some of the tougher ones. Honestly, I don’t remember much of micro but anatomy is something that was super helpful during nursing school.
Studying for these classes is no easy task. There is a lot of memorization involved; I used many flash cards for both classes. The labs were also super helpful. Take full advantage of those. I had the privilege of being able to utilize cadavers for A&P so I could see what things really looked like for the exams. I made sure to maximize my time in the labs so I could study less at home. There really is no way of getting around the memorization aspect of these courses. And don’t leave it for the night before! Cramming for those tests suuuuuuccckkkk. Just don’t.
Another good studying tactic is attempting to explain the topic or concept to someone else. That will help you understand the concept as a whole and be able to field questions that aren’t straight from the reading material.
I also would try to think of hilarious and occasionally inappropriate ways to memorize things. Just an idea..
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When I got into nursing school, my classmates that had a good micro and A&P base did better and struggled less in nursing courses. Seriously, pay attention in those classes and try to get the most of out them, it’ll pay off in the long run. You’ll be required to take pathophysiology as well, which is studying diseases and when things go wrong. It’s hard to understand when the body isn’t functioning properly if you don’t have a general understanding of how it should function in the first place.
So basically, do work, son!
Does anyone else have good study tips for these courses?