When learning a particular subject, especially anatomy, it is essential to stay aware of the course material and build up a propensity for checking on your coursework consistently. Revision is a significant factor that will add to your general achievement, concentrate new and past material to improve your comprehension of the topic.
1. Comprehend your ideal learning style
Are you a visual, auditory or a material learning student? Figure out what strategy works the best for you and build up your learning strategy dependent on your favored learning style
2. Attend your dissection classes.
This will really help since you/your friends are dissecting the cadaver and reading from the Cunningham manuals or your textbooks (whichever you follow in your college) side by side. This will give a visual picture of the layout of the region being dissected, and will help to retain the text read, simultaneously. At DBMCI, you get the online dissecting experience too with our anatomy gurus who will thoroughly explain you about the dissected parts and its route and related structure and courses.
3. Listen to your teacher when they are discussing the dissected part.
Always pay attention to them because they point out the structures first and discuss about them in adequate detail, one structure at a time. If because of some reason you are unable to hear your teacher, or unable to see what (s)he is talking about, or are unable to understand, you can always ask them.
With the feature of recorded videos at egurukul this seems easy for you as you can repeat what your guru explains and can grasp the maximum out of it.
4. Read the topic on the day itself
Read from your textbooks, or by using your atlas to correlate the text provided in your textbook with the diagrams provided in the atlas. Atlases provide life like diagrams which illustrate an average of 2–3 topics at a time. So, they can compensate for any losses mentioned above. Likewise, you can also attend DBMCI Live classes which will help you keep ahead of what you learn.
5. Make a habit of reading Anatomy with your atlas for at least 2 hours daily.
Your atlas should always accompany your textbook. Make it an inseparable part of your study. This point alone was really useful for me personally. If you make notes, write them under the headings as
a. Muscles: origin, insertion, nerve supply, action
b. Blood vessels: origin/formation (for artery/vein respectively), course, relations, branches/tributaries, termination
c. Nerves: origin/root value, course, branches, relations, organs/structures supplied, termination
d. Bones: location, parts, borders, surfaces, muscles attached, structures related
e. Joints: type of joint, bones forming it, articular surfaces, ligaments, movements possible, muscles producing those movements, structures related
f. Viscera: position, extent, parts, borders, surfaces, relations, blood supply, nerve supply, lymphatic drainage, embryology, histology
g. In all these, you can also mention relevant applied anatomy.
6. Make mnemonics
For certain things like structures passing through foramina of base of skull, contents of cubital fossa, etc. This will lessen your burden of remembering things. Notes by Dr. Ashwani Kumar makes the maximum mnemonics that are important and makes it easy for remembering important structures and relations in your examination.
7. Always practice drawing diagrams.
8. Always look up the applied aspects
Applied aspects for a topic is important, and you must remember them. They do carry weightage in the exams. DBMCI makes sure you learn the applied part, as it is also necessary for your NEXT and NEET PG exam alongside your university exams.
9. Always attend your lectures
Take notes and pay attention to the teacher. This will help you when you are studying that topic on your own. You can schedule time for watching out the DBMCI Live or Egurukul videos and take notes which will help you during your exams
10. In Histology
Carry your Histology textbook to the practical hall if allowed. Focus the slides given. Read from your textbook while correlating the features in the slides with the text given in your textbook. This will help you to quickly identify the slide the next time you see it, as in your spotters.