How to Tackle Human Anatomy
Anatomy is a massive amount of information full of complexities. Somehow even the lumps and bumps on our bones have names. This post details the how-tos of acing your human anatomy block.
BREAK THE BODY DOWN BY SYSTEMS
In anatomy, it is often best to start small – literally. Begin understanding the body by starting with its most basic and microscopic unit: cells and organelles. From there you’ll move up to the big and fun stuff like muscles and bones. The following order is recommended:
- Cells & organelles
- Basic tissues
- Integumentary system (skin & other stuff we see on the outside)
- Axial & appendicular skeleton
- Muscular system (muscular tissue, axial & appendicular muscles)
- Nervous system (nerve tissue, brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and plexi, cranial nerves, autonomic nervous system)
- Sensory systems (eye & ear)
- Endocrine system
- Cardiovascular system
- Lymphoid system
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Urinary system
- Reproductive systems
There’s a method to this madness – everything builds on each other. It’s best to start at the most basic and fundamental level so that with each layer of complexity you know what is underneath!
STUDY WITH ACTUAL 3D MODELS
Textbooks are great and the new ones have really detailed photos, but nothing is as good as feeling your way about the intricacies of the human body to really memorize them. Use models when studying. Look at them from all angles, and hold them in your hands. This is going to sound crazy – but you should basically be able to close your eyes and feel your way around those plastic knee joints and spinal cords and know which bone you are touching.
SIT IN LECTURE AND BE AMAZED BY THE HUMAN BODY
Remember that time you fell as a kid and broke your collarbone? How about that sore muscle in your leg that you didn’t realize you worked out? Human anatomy is easily the most relatable class you’ll ever take – it applies to every single person on the planet. Be fascinated by your body and how many processes need to go right just so you can take a coordinated step. Be curious! Look up muscle tissue and what it takes to build muscle during your workouts. Think about the cranial nerves that make you taste that yummy vanilla chai you’re sipping on while studying. Human anatomy lets you get to know you – allow yourself to be fascinated and studying won’t even feel like studying anymore.
About the Author
My name is Kelsey and I am starting medical school this summer in Chicago! I love anatomy, makeup, and all things medicine – follow along my journey of starting medical school @theanatomyofmakeup
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