Physiology is a different type of beast compared to anatomy. It takes understanding the entire process rather than details as such as innernavations or insertions. Since I have four blocks in just physiology, I have definitely improved my study habits during the later parts of the course compared to the beginning. Below I have listed what worked for me!
- Look at the big picture. This may seem obvious, but sometimes understanding the story helps to remember how specific molecules move in each organ system. Understanding the bigger picture will allow you to make the connections to learn the underlying concepts of each topic. This helped me immensely in each block exam because I could use the process of elimination to help me get down to the correct answer.
- Invest in BRS Physiology. I know everyone has their own books they swear by, but for me, that was BRS Physiology. This book summarizes high yield points by each topic. I typically read each topic twice before block. Once while studying each topic, and another time right before my block exam. There are also practice questions after each topic, which help solidify what you have just read.
- Do practice questions! I cannot stress this point enough. This was an absolute game changer for me. Even if you get the majority of the practice questions wrong, it’s completely okay! Make sure to read the answer choices to see why every single answer choice is correct or incorrect. This will better enable your process of elimination on your block exams!