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1. Be Creative: I always encourage students to be creative and think of the way they prefer or enjoy studying for any course. This can be watching an animated video, or a 2 minute Youtube video, using a picmonic or listening to an audio lecture. You do not have to limit yourself to just books like the old days.  2. Biting an elephant: Yes! you can do it but first breaking it into smaller pieces. Pieces that are not burden for you. 3. Memorizing can be FUN: Think of fun ways that help you memorize a concept by relating it to your daily life or relating it to something you really enjoy doing, be it playing sports or music or arts.  4. Divide and Conquer Rule: Yes! You may apply the lessons of history in your daily studies as well. Divide a topic into smaller portion and understand it well enough so you can teach your family, friends or peers. That is when you know you have mastered the concept that is You conquered it!  5. Plan: Plan ahead. Manage and divide... read more

Here are some of my favorite Science resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.   (Gr. 9-12) – Learn about the life cycle of a cell, including reproduction, structure and live cell growth videos. (Gr. 9-12) – A fabulous resource for science projects; you can even participate in someone else’s live science project (some are even from NASA). Focuses on astronomy, biology, and chemistry. (Biology) – Tutorials and information on all things Biology related (Biology) – Provides a list of vocabulary terms typically seen in Biology courses   (Biology) - Provides quick explanations of concepts, with examples (Bio/Anat/Physics) – Lessons, tutorials, definitions, and practice problems.

The heart can be a serious pain. Here are a few things to help you out: Know the ABC's of blood flow. Just like the ABC's is one of the first things you do in school, it's also one of the first things blood does. Check it out: What are the first vessels leading out of the heart? The Aorta, the Brachiocephalic artery (Right), the common carotid artery (Left), and the subclavian artery (Left). Notice anything? These are the three branches of the Aorta, in order, that you need to know for lab! Trouble remembering where the aortic branches go to? Well let me ask you this: Any of you ever break your arm? Weird question right? Not quite - Brachi literally means arm! Cephelo is Greek for head. So what does this mean? Brachiocephalic artery literally means 'Artery that goes to your arm and your face. Keeping this in mind Where does subclavian go? You got it, right below the clavicle and down the left arm. How do you know which side of the heart your looking at... read more

One summer I was ambitious and signed up for a condensed Anatomy & Physiology II course.  Having just completed Anatomy & Physiology I and Microbiology during the spring semester, I thought just taking one college course over the summer would be a piece of cake.  How wrong I was!  Learning the major systems of the human body in a full 16 week semester can be challenging for most students.  Fortunately, our professor believed in assigning essay styled lab reports.  Writing about new and more complex topics is challenging!   A few weeks into the condensed summer session I realized I would not achieve the A I wanted in A & P II without a full commitment to spend every waking moment studying.  My professor made it clear to the class that he was not going to grade us any easier just because we chose to take the 'short course.'  I vividly recall him announcing during lecture that the endocrine system was probably the toughest... read more

Although I do not own a TV (and have not for pretty much all of my adult life), I occasionally allow myself to partake in mind numbing and will watch past episodes of a show via Netflix. It would not have occurred to me I could learn something helpful about studying and yet I did! Although I did not realize it at the time, Bones (cerebral/quirky weekly drama about a forensic anthropologist played by Emily Deshanel) and later Grey's Anatomy (medical drama with some elements of non-fiction starring Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh), subtly helped me understand how to become a better connoisseur of studying anatomy and physiology. It was not until recently, while working with a pre-nursing school student, I put the pieces together. Anyone who works with the body (living or dead) must create their own 'GPS' system for navigating the body as no two are exactly alike. Each bone, muscle, system and tissue (sometimes even cells) are just slightly different. There is a range of normal... read more

I have found particularly with science but with other subjects as well that the cheesier you make a memory tactic the more likely it is to stick! For example: in anatomy I always say that the brain is the controller - therefore every one else heads to talk to him (via nerves) to do their job. We know that the body is composed of a whole bunch of cells - we can think of them as a communication network holding hands to relay messages to the brain too. The easiest way to make things make sense is to have it make sense to you. If no one else understands what you are talking about but you get it and you ace that test then the easy cheesie trick works! Try it out!

IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades' it is natural for me to dip my toes in different waters- all at the same time, but that does not mean that I can give 100% to any of them at that time. While I was able to get good grades (A- average) while in school, I was impressed by how much better I did- and felt about my work- the few times that I scaled back on my activities. Another piece of advice that I wish that I could bestow upon my younger self would be to learn how to speak up in a group setting when someone is not fulfilling their part of an agreement. Now, this said, the best way to do this would be in a tactful manner-... read more

Since I am new to the site, I would like to tell you a little bit about me. I worked as a Supplemental Instruction leader for an Anatomy and Physiology course for over two years. This position is given to those who have taken the course and received a high grade and who have participated in training regarding tutoring styles and study skills. I held three sessions per week which were optional for the students. Anywhere from one to one hundred students would attend depending on the difficultly of the current material or whether or not they had an exam in the near future. I was required to submit lesson plans and create mock exams/review sessions. I love working in groups or one-on-one. I am majoring in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry. I have finished all courses required for my minor (plus two extra). I am almost done with my Biology degree. I have taken basic psychology classes as well as advanced ones such as Biopsychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Statistics and... read more

If you are in the preliminary stage working toward applying for a nursing program, I would love to meet you! I know it is hard work taking the courses you are studying and completing all requirements needed to make your application. Since 2010 I've studied biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, in depth. These are not the easiest subjects to learn, especially if you are returning to college after taking time off to raise a family or pursue a career path in a different field. As a non-traditional student, I spent many late nights in Denny's drinking my vanilla lattes while reviewing difficult concepts in chemistry, anatomy and physiology. I returned to college after decades of being out of school. With my laptop and Pearson's Anatomy & Physiology, Mastering Chemistry and Cengage OWL's online chemistry resources those long nights at Denny's paid off. I began to grasp concepts that were foreign to me through the use of many computer programs, even when it was... read more

Would you believe that lung cancer was a somewhat of a rare occurrence until the early to mid twentieth century? This fact is due to cigarettes gaining popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the UK, among all cancer deaths lung cancer related deaths rose from 1.5% in 1920 to 19.7% in 1947. Cigarettes aren’t the only cause of lung cancer, there are many causes not associated with smoking, but one fact is true: Anything you light on fire and inhale isn’t going to be good for you! Smoking causes the lungs to age at a greater rate than they would in the non-smoker. Among many of the ill effects smoking causes, lung cancer is one of the most well known. Most people don’t think of heart disease when you mention the long-term health effects of cigarettes, even though it is a leading cause of this as well. One of the reasons it results in cancer is due to the long-term inflammation that is caused in the airways, which over time recurrent smoking tends to lead to increased cell turnover,... read more

The moans and groans are audible! "Why do I have to do homework??" Let me tell you why I assign additional work outside of a tutoring session ... It is my job to be sure that you are able to apply and integrate the materials we cover in addition to being able to absorb facts and information. Sometimes what I call 'homework' is nothing more than finding an article about the topic we are covering at the time and being ready to discuss it with me using the terms and concepts we have been going over. Sometimes it may be a question I want you to be thinking about over the next few days or week, and be able to give me an answer or argument (either for or against) a particular issue when we next meet. These assignments are not unreasonable in length or duration, and will provide both of us an indicator of how well you have absorbed the subject material.

My professor complimented my human biology study techniques and asked me to be her TA. I did not have time to TA for her unfortunately, but I will share my study tips. I got my first A+ in this college class. 1. I did not read the chapters in their entirety because it was overwhelming and too time consuming. 2. I answered all of the review questions and made sure they were correct. I looked up answers online if the book didn't make sense. 3. I studied one or two chapters per week and stuck to it! I would not allow myself to hang out with friends until I finished my work. 4. I allowed myself 20 minute breaks and rewards (non-food) every 2 hours no matter how productive I had been. I set an alarm and wouldn't turn it off until I was actually studying again, to get me back on task. 5. I wrote out all of the vocabulary words and drew large (8.5x11) detailed pictures of any vocabulary word I could. I colored the various parts with colored pencils. 6. I... read more

When I tutor people especially in the more challenging science courses like Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology I see students just memorizing and not understanding to overall picture. Especially in Microbiology where you have to learn the make up of different viruses and bacterial cells then use that information to see how that antibiotic works. What I found to work best is to ask why to every question. For example gram negatives microbes have a LPS layer on the outside. Now why is that important? When this breaks down it can cause septic shock in the patient. This is important information that if you can create connection it is easy to remember, and you can actually think about problem, not just regurgitating information I see way to often. Hope this can help some people the way it helped me, and some of my classmates I taught this process to.

The philosophy of teaching I have embraced in thirty years of teaching medical students and college students, is based on the belief that learning is student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. There must be present, a student mentor relationship of trust. There should, however, always be an authoritative presence in the mentor. This leadership should be omnipresent, whether in the classroom, tutorship, or online. The mentoring teacher’s role involves using his expertise to place necessary resources in the hands of the student and to train him to be not just knowledgeable in his chosen fields of study, but to become an expert at resourcefulness and seek the role of “teacher" himself. It is here where leadership is taught through example. Now that a great deal of teaching is performed in an online forum, students now know that the teacher’s role in the online classroom is to be a facilitator, in addition to being a provider of information... read more

When memorizing foreign or new terms in the sciences, namely Anatomy and Biology, I found it helpful to understand why each term was given its name. Ever wonder what "sternocleidomastoid" or "ribosome" means? The name sternocleidomastoid refers to its origin and insertion points: it originates from the sternum (sterno-) and clavicle (-cleido-), and is inserted into the mastoid process. The word "ribosome" comes from ribonucleic acid and "-some" means body, so it is the place (body) where ribonucleic acid is dealt with. Translation, which is the synthesis of proteins from mRNA, occurs on the ribosomes. Notice how understanding the word "ribosome" also helps to understand what a ribosome does? These and many other words in science can reveal important information about a certain muscle or organelle, for instance, that makes the material easier to understand. Try it!

I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning is so much fun when you understand why you need to know.

Hello, Nursing school can be tough! If you are having difficulty or would like assistance with your studies, please contact me. I have been a registered nurse for 17 years and will graduate this semester with my BSN. I have experience in education as well and have a heart for teaching. I would love to work with you to help you succeed in this program. I wish everyone the very best for the new year and happy learning! Dawn R.

Tutoring is never easy. But if I had to describe it, I would say its a session where you and a student sit down and learn together. Whether it be learning about each other or the material, it's all a part of the learning process. But going through school I've noticed that a lot of teachers now a days don't work with all the learning styles possible which makes it hard for students to learn. So my advice to everyone who is tutoring, or even learning--Discover what yours and your students learning style is. Students, take a test and discover what learning style you are. Are you more of a visual learner? i.e. power points, videos, pictures, etc. or an audio learner? i.e. lectures, repeating notes out loud to yourself/friend, etc. or are you a kinesthetic learner? i.e. work with your hands, reviewing notes, etc. Whatever style you may be (which you can be more than one), talk about it with your tutor. How can this style help you inside and outside of class? How can you make your... read more

Whoo, most of us just finished midterms or, for the younger ones, first quarter. Quizzes, new material, projects, exams, and all of life's activities outside of school fly at you with lightening speed. Organization is key during hectic times. Go through your class material every week. By organizing your notes, homework, and other class material in the appropriate folder/binders it helps review and retain the needed information. An organized binder helps ensure needed work gets done and turned in on time. I like to tab important sections in my book as well. New note tabs from post-it or avery remove easily without damaging the pages. This is great when you need to return the book later. Even if you are unsure about that upcoming exam, don't skimp on the sleep the night before. Be sure to get plenty of rest, water, and food leading up to an exam. The body and brain function much better when given the right nutrients. Remember sugar and caffeine can spike your blood sugar and fog... read more

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