Human anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body. As a Year 1 physiotherapy student, anatomy is a really important module which you should pay attention to.
For semester one, you will usually start with the upper limb. Anatomy is quite important as it forms the foundation for other modules such as kinesiology. This module is challenging and sometimes can get a little bit painful and confusing. But with knowledgeable and approachable lecturers, you would certainly find yourself enjoying learning anatomy.
Human anatomy module is divided into theory (in the form of lectures) and practical classes. It is one of the most difficult classes that require endurance. To help you get through human anatomy classes, I am going to share some tips and tricks with you guys.
How I survive Human Anatomy?
1) Learn by watching videos.
Videos are definitely one of the best ways to study anatomy, especially for those visual and audio learners. It can get a little tiring and boring just to memorise and understand things from only the books, hence I would suggest that you watch a short video on the human bones/muscles to help you visualise better before you start looking at the books.
Here’s a video of the upper limb bones:
If you have time, it’s always good to prepare for practicals by watching these videos so that you can maximise your learning during practicals. This is because if you want to learn,memorise and understand everything only during the 3 hours of practical each week, it’s going to be really difficult and challenging.
Our anatomy lecturer always uses videos to help us to visualise things better as well as to “wake us up” if we get a little bit too sleepy. (Disclaimer: your anatomy lecturer might not be the same one as ours.) Sometimes, during lectures, you will see your classmates covering their eyes with their hands or anatomy notes due to the occasional gory nature of the videos and pictures.
Here is one of the videos that we watched during anatomy lectures.
Carpal tunnel Release:
2) Be Consistent.
The amount of content that we have to know for anatomy is going to be overwhelming. Hence, I would like to emphasise on the need to be consistent with your work. If you can, you should definitely cultivate a habit of going through the lectures notes again at the end of the day to refresh your memory on the new knowledge that you have learnt for the day.
Sometimes, your anatomy lecturer may also prepare some quizzes weekly with chocolates as the prizes. This is a good time for you to test your own knowledge. So, be prepared for the quiz! You will be rewarded for your hardwork at the end of the semester!
3) Be a Human Anatomy teacher
The easiest way to learn and to reinforce the knowledge that you have would be to teach either yourself or your peers. In practicals, the tutor will usually first go through all the structures in the human bones and cadavers, and then leave the class to further discuss or process the information using the notes, bones, cadavers, and human models by ourselves.
This is the best time to take turns and be a teacher! You can take the bone or human model and present it to your classmates. Teach them all the things that you all have to know about the particular specimen. Even if you miss out a point, your classmates will always be there to add on to the point. And if there is any confusion, you should always consult the tutor together.
The first time when you see a cadaver might make you lose your appetite for the next meal and sometimes your hair (especially for the girls) might smell of the chemicals used to preserve the cadaver after the 3 hours of practicals. So, remember to bring your perfume or deodorant for practical.
For me, Anatomy is my favourite module that I would miss after year 1. I hope you guys will enjoy anatomy class like I do.
Someone once told me this;
“You have to be good at whatever you are learning because it is directly related to someone’s health.”