Well, I think i can give you some advice on that, physiology was my best subject!! !!
HOW TO STUDY PHYSIOLOGY:
1. Print you class slides if you have them:
Our physiology teacher provided us with the slides he used to explain the lessons before he gave them, so it’s better if you print them, have a look at them, and try to find the definition of terms you think are important. Then you can ask more questions in that class than you would if you attended it without any work already done. That way you’ll feel more secure, at least that worked for me!!!
2. Work. Your. Notes:
This is maybe the best advice I can give you. After your classes, take time that afternoon to go through your notes and complete them, point out things you don’t understand, questions you want to ask… I used to leave a space between notes to draw the graphics myself:
As you can see, I draw the flow charts and the graphics and then I attach to it some post.it or piece of paper that I just staple or glue in the corner so I can move it to see the notes below. Here are some more examples:
As you can see, I worked really hard with this notes. They may seem a bit hectic, but I understood everything perfectly and I did pretty well in my physiology exam. I also dated my notes and marked them with a page number, so everything was always in order. Your notes don’t need to look pretty or extremely organized as long as you understand what you’re writing and you are working with them so it pays off in the final result!! If you work your notes, you’ll have to reason, to make connections, to really understand everything, and there’s just something about pen and paper than gets things in your brain more easily. At least, that works better for me!!
3. If you have doubts, consult the almighty Guyton:
I find it better to try and solve your doubts before asking a teacher, because that way you have to think really hard and maybe you’ll come to a conclusion. If you think things yourself, you’ll notice that you remember everything much much better!!
You can buy a copy of the Guyton book of physiology here and here (follow the second link, it’s cheaper in book depository!!!) There’s also this cute companion which seems useful, and the review book!! Another revue book here! (this last one is an ebook, so it’s pretty cheap).
4. Use some good apps:
I didn’t use any apps when I studied physiology, but here are some good ones:
If you are an android user: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elsevier.physiologyapp
If you are an apple user: http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-physiology-class (you have a lot here, just try some of them and decide which one works better for you!!)
5. Revise as much as you can:
Revising your notes, for example, every weekend, will help you to remember and understand everything better, because the more we visit a brain connection, the stronger it gets!
6. Study with questions:
Once you’ve studied, answering some questions will help you notice if you understood everything. Here are some good pages:
I haven’t used this yet, but I can’t wait to buy it and have fun! Who said studying couldn’t be fun??
Well, this is everything I have to say for now, I hope this helped you!! If you have any more questions, you can always come back to me! :D
completely agree! find out what works for you if you remember everything better with flow charts, use them. If drawings work better for you then use them. It really depends on how you in particularly learn.
I use a LOT of flow charts because I hate looking at big block of text that I can understand better in a flow chart
Adding on to the somatosensory question - I’ve tried mapping things out (over and over), talking out loud, everything I can think of. I need either a great resource which makes this stuff make sense, or a new study strategy. If you had a way of going about it that worked, please share!
I used neuroanatomy made ridiculously simple for a lot of that stuff and I thought it was pretty helpful!! But if you need a more comprehensive resource I would recommend Basic Clinical Neuroanatomy. :)
Other medblrs assemble?
For me what worked were drawings, draw it 50 times and remember where it is, if it goes up to the brain or down to the muscles and what it does. That way when they ask about spinal chord injuries you have an idea of what might be affected because of the location.
Stories from the War(ds) 4
Consider me your own personal Ernie Pyle—except instead of writing to you from the frontlines of WWII it’s from the battlefront of a different war.
ENTRENCHED IN THE OR—MAY 28 2014
“Have you ever scrubbed before?”
A nod to the scrub tech later and I’m being watched as I scrub my hands first with soap and then with iodine, running the brush over my nails, down the sides of my fingers over and over. I feel a little bit like a child as the scrub tech stands over me and watches as I work up to my elbows, scrubbing until my skin is bronzed with iodine foam.
I consider telling her I’ve washed behind my ears—she probably wouldn’t find that funny.
Under her watchful eye, I repeat the whole process a second time for good measure.
I step back from the sink trying to hold my hands up—don’t touch—back into the door. Side step the equipment—don’t touch.
Dry off, drop the towel, don’t touch the towel after you dropped it, gown, don’t touch the tag, don’t pull your hands all the way through.
No don’t reach for the gloves. Stop.
Don’t touch. Hands out.
Other glove, step up.
Now, place your hand here, along the inside of his abdominal wall, slide it across the curve of his stomach. Feel that? That ball slipping between your fingers, that’s the pylorus.
I’ve noticed that surgeons hold their hands different after scrubbing. Some of them do the subtle “what” you do to people who cut you off, palms turned up at right angles. Some do the “what’s on my hands?” palms turned toward the face fingers at the levels of the eyes. This is the classic “surgeon”, what all TV doctors do. Some do the concerned priest, fingers folded over one another, hands at the level of the chest. I often fold my hands into the Bond villain, all five fingers pressed together held above the breast, high enough that I could drop my head down and press my forefinger to my lips.
I’m using the pressure between my fingers to hold my hands in place when I’m supposed to be doing the “don’t touch” thing.
Maybe it’s just some personality flaw, but I’m always reaching out to touch something. I can’t pass through a store without my fingers stretching out instinctively to brush past the silk of a dress or the suede of a coat. I reach my hands overhead to feel the damp of wet leaves overhanging the sidewalk.
It’s so atypical for me to fight the instinct.
Don’t fuck up—don’t touch.
Not until they say it’s okay and you can—then its electric.
So this semester I’m taking physiology, inmunology, parasitology and history of medicine (not willingly, it’s a required course). and they decided to smother us in exams
just so you have an idea: this week we have inmunology (short rather easy no prob), and then the next week we have parasitology (lots of talking about poop)
and the week after that we have history and physio on the same day, and two days after that the next inmunology exam. it wouldn’t be so bad if my physio exam wasn’t about 20 sheets of paper after I summarized it and we still have another topic to go
and I haven’t studied for anything yet…