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ANATOMY STUDY GUIDE 101

So studying anatomy is nothing like any other topic, especially when you study it at uni level, where they expect you to know every single small component of the body! So this guide is going to be concerning the musculoskeletal system and the nerves (PNS) and arteries in the body. 

I have mentioned some of these tips before but I will put them in here aswell and so this can work as sort of masterpost. This is like a more “overall” type of masterpost. So if you want to have topic specific posts for example for nerves and arteries then let me know. 

1. Find a study partner. First and foremost anatomy is so much easier when you are two dealing with it. Me and my study partner used to do anatomy spots together and by doing it two people together you can discuss what it could possibly be. You get to hear their train of thoughts which sometimes can be better than yours. Also you will have someone to quiz you and correct you when you say something wrong. 

2. Accept that it takes time. First step to learning anatomy is dedicating a lot of time. It is not easy, you are cramming so much information into your mind and for it to stay there you will have to go over the same topic again and again and again. And I know it is really frustrating and you are going to spent maybe 10 hours trying to figure out the muscles of the leg and then next week when you review it again it will feel like a whole new topic, but this is all a part of the proces, just keep revising again and again and again. 

3. The Atlas is your best friend. Invest in a good atlas, they are a little expensive but they work wonders because first of all they give you an image of what you study. And usually the text book images are not enough. In an atlas you will have “isolated” images but you will also have images where relations are shown. HOWEVER if you dont want to buy an actual atlas then maybe buy Complete anatomy which is a computer program that I also reffered to in my “5 sites every med student should know about” post. Here you can play around with the structures, view it from different angles and add on to it with other nearby structures or remove structures. 

4. Say it out loud. Pretty self explanatory. 

5. Create an overview. Rather than focusing on the details try to focus on creating an overview. Anatomy is already so difficult so dont complicate things for yourself. And if you know the basics then learning the details will be so much easier. 

6. Use a whiteboard. Speaking of creating an overview, try using a white board for this. It is such a good way for creating an overview. I think because deleting and writing is so easy it kinda makes it less stressful than writing in a note book where ofcourse you worry about the aesthetic. Also try to do this with your study partner. You can plan on studying a topic together so lets say for example the muscles of the leg, you both at home study it, try to memorize it, look at it in an atlas and then you two meet. Now when you meet you get infront of a white board and start talking and writing about what you guys think is important and when you guys cant go any further then grab your notes and then add more on to the board. 

7. MAKE IT VISUAL!. This is the most important step! Use bones, pay attention in your dissection classes, if you have the upportunity to touch, feel and look at structures then DO IT! This is the best way to learn. Spot as often as you can.

8. Make up rules. you can find a lot of them online, or just make some up yourself, me and my study partner did, for example the muscles  M. erector spinae: I (m. iliocostalis) Like (m. longissimus) Standing (m. spinalis). If you turn it into a “game” then remembering it will be much easier.

And most importantly dont stress your mind that much. Allow yourself to take breaks, because over feeding your mind with knowledge in a short period of time can also be very damaging since you will waste time and not remember most of what you studied.  

Good luck, stay motivated and stay dedicated

Love 

Dunia

Some of you may be wondering quite why I’ve made a poster with synonyms for ‘suggests’. Well, in my experience, it’s one of the words I most often struggle to replace in my essays. How interesting is it to read two pages of essay with the word 'suggests’ written over a dozen times? Right, not very.

Ergo, here is a list I have compiled of words to replace 'suggests’. “Shakespeare’s use of animal imagery implies an untameable nature to Katherina…” Whilst that is an appealingly written example, it does work to illustrate the underestimated use of synonyms for 'suggests’.

I study at starbs a ton. If you feel most productive at coffee shops but don’t want to spend hella money to be productive, I gotchu! 

  • first, make a rewards account!! The free drinks and deals just start rolling in. 
  • bring your own tea bags and ask for hot water! You may have to pay $0.25 for the cup at some places. It varies. 
  • go up a cup size when ordering iced/hot coffees and add in milk from the bar for free or let the ice melt.
  • DIY a cheap iced latte by getting espresso on ice and adding in milk from the bar (note, the usually don’t have milk alternatives at the bar so you’ll have to ask the barista for that) You can do the same with tea lattes. 
  • their teas or plain coffees are the cheapest menu items and have the least number of calories and amount of sugar (so it’s a better choice if you’re planning on going daily),
  • bring your own reusable cups for a $0.20 discount (plus hot water is free in your own cups).
  • Groupon often has great deals on starbs gift cards ($10 gift card for $5 etc).
  • if studying in a group, not everyone needs to buy a drink lol fight the peer pressure.
  • order a venti and ask for two y’all cups to share with a friend and save a decent amount.
  • find a campus coffee shop or one that’s in a larger shopping center/mall/communal space of some sort bc then!! You can probably just chill there without buying anything! If you feel conscious just bring a reusable cup to keep at your side and no one will question you 😜

Happy studying!!

Spring Vocabulary (Portuguese)


spring - (a) primavera

April - (o) abril

May - (o) maio

season - (a) estação

flower - (a) flor

flowers - (as) flores

bunny - (o) coelho

grass - (a) grama

green - verde

bird - (o) pássaro

birds - (os) pássaros

rain - (a) chuva

wind - (o) vento

windy - ventoso

rainbow - (o) arco-íris

sun - (o) sol

warmth - (o) calor

***inspired by @languageoclock !!

13.9.17 // Still prepping for my medical philosophy and ethics exams. I really like it actually, because being a doctor is not just about “fixing people”, its about being a social figure that has to take a lot of difficult decisions. 

Studygram: @studyspiration 

17/3/16 - I’ve just finished up my last two essays before Easter and when I was writing, I noticed that I tend to use the word ‘consider’ an awful lot in my work. So, here’s a nice new list of synonyms! I hope they help!

How to ace a chemistry exam

After doing the “How to ace a math exam” post I got a lot of request to do something regular but with chemistry. Now my story with the subject chemistry is the same as with math (well all of the subjects I had in highschool) which was the fact that I for the first two years almost failed, during some tests actually failed, and I had such a hard time figuring it out, but in my third and last year of highschool I actually managed to raise my grades to an A and actually just like the math exam, percieve the chemistry exam as somewhat easy - although many did not. So here are my tips for how you can ace a chemistry exam. 

First and foremost, make sure that you do your work based off the text book that you have been given, and try as much as possible to understand that and the way they do chemistry - yes methods actually differ - because if this is the assigned book, then the exam will most likely be made with the book in mind. 

But how can you understand the book? Lets be honest, sometimes chemistry can seem odd, and it can seem so foreign, especially when you are sometimes given a piece of information and the reasoning is - “it have not been discovered yet why” - its confusing, but for the optimal “learning experience” here are my tips:

  1. Be aware of your study goals - unlike math, chemistry is something that is based on actual existing material and stuff, which means that it is such a large subject being researched to this day still. So it is important that you are aware of the study goals - which teachers often present - this will make it easier for you to pin point what you should focus on. If your teacher has not presented a “study guide” to you then ask them for one - because they usually have one so that they also can know what they should teach you. And if the teacher for some odd reason refuses to give you one, then listen to what the teacher focuses on during lectures and classes, they make it pretty obvious. 
  2. Don’t skip examples - when I used to study chemistry in highschool, I used to skip examples and think “all I need to know is simply the theory” - you could not be more wrong. Examples are one of the greatest ways to fully understand. They put the theory into perspective - which is a ability you only learn by looking at examples. 
  3. Write out examples - However to benefit from the examples, then I would recommend writing them out. This way by illustrating your understanding will be better. Also because when I read examples and a lot of equations are involved, I tend to skip those and simply read the text part of it. But writing it out actually helps alot, also because there are so many examples in chemistry books that by keeping on doing them, you will get used to it, and you will actually be able to identify the type of question and the way it should be answered!
  4. Hand written notes - But don’t only write out examples, write out your notes in hand, this is again a better way for you to remember all the different structures and the different names, it is just better than copy pasting an image from google images into your word document. 
  5. Do old examsets - This is one of the best ways to actually get ready for an exam. This beats any form of revision method. You can read and read theories all day long, but if you don’t put that theory into perspective and use it to solve problems - which is the main focus of exams - then there is no use for that reading. Doing old exam sets also helps you be able to get an idea on what type of “questions” will appear in the exam. 
  6. Do ALL the work in the book - This tip is just for extra understanding of the subject. Yes your teacher might have assigned you to do only 5 of those 10 questions in the book, but the question in the book are made so that you can understand the subject. So if you have extra time then for sure do make all of them, or most of them at least. Many of them are almost the same thing but with different numbers, which just gives your mind a form of “routine” that will be useful during exams.

And last but not least, study smart. Don’t sit infront of your book whilst playing on your phone and then be in awe that you failed the exam. Put effort into it, and try to understand it. Don’t give up. It is not impossible and you can do it, I promise! 

Love, 

Dunia 

Instagram - @studyspiration 

Snapchat - @duniakader

How to ace a math exam

So a while ago I received a message from a girl asking me how I studied for math. Now I was not the greatest math student, however, I did manage to get full points at my last math exam and actually be able to say that I found the exam pretty easy (although many did not). I will therefore, share with you the methods I used in order to ace that exam. 

First of all it is really important to know that you will be quizzed on the things that you have already been taught. Therefore, your best friend during the exam season should definitely be your math textbook. Study it and love it. Make sure to take a lot of notes on the theories explained in the book and make sure that you fully understand one subject before you move on to another

But how do you know that you have fully understood something in math?

  1. Read it out loud. Sit together with a friend or just by yourself (I had study dates with my friend at a local coffee shop) and just try to explain what you just read. Read it first just of the textbook and then recap it for yourself. 
  2. Solve ALL the work. The work assignments in the textbook is made so that you can have a full understanding of the subject. So although your teacher might not have assigned you all of the work in the book then do them anyway. 
  3. Do old exam sets. Sometimes just doing the work and reading the theory is not enough to ace the exam. Exams require you to take that basic knowledge an apply it in a more advanced matter. Therefore old exam sets will give you an idea of how “they” want you to use this basic knowledge. This is also a good idea to do with someone else who can share their ideas on how a certain assignment should be done. 

That was pretty much all I did. But remember it is really hard to ace an exam if you dont put the time and effort into the studying.

I wish you all the best

Love, 

Dunia 

I know for lots of students, particularly UK school and sixth formers, today was the first day back after the Easter Holidays! So, here’s a list of synonyms for “lots”, in honour of the “lots” of studying there is to do!

It might seem like a fairly minor word to include in my posters but I find it rather helpful to know several ways of saying there were “lots” of something in a more sophisticated way.

I know it’s a problem I always have when writing anything - not just academic essays - I constantly reuse the same sort of words over and over again. It hardly lends itself to the impression of utter sophistication and confidence I’m trying to portray to the examiners marking my work. As such, I’ve compiled a list of overused words and some synonyms for them. I can already hear some of you crying out about why you’d need to learn these, Word has an inbuilt synonym function, but that isn’t very helpful when you’re writing an answer in an exam is it?
I think the synonyms for difference are particularly useful. How many times in an essay will you write “X differs from Y…” or something of that nature? If you are anything like me, quite a few. How much better does “X diverges from the form of Y…” sound? It’s setting you up for an easy comparison, I think.

10.2.2016 // So I have a really odd note taking routine, that many of my friends seem to identify as somewhat “excessive”, but I like it, alot actually it makes me remember more and it means less stress when the exams are around, because revision has already been made 

Should I make a post about my note taking routine? It is difficult, but it works for those who like me has a very difficult time remembering

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19.3.2016 // today was a flashcard type of day..finishing up some of my flashcards on the senses and getting started on the skeletal system..

Also, today I Met with my patient and I had a long and very good talk with her (on Snapchat @duniakader - you probably Saw me Prepping for the meeting in the bus). This was such a beautiful individual that I Met with and with such a kind soul, I really feel like that besides having good material for an assignment I also had good material for personal growth. So today was sucessful

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18.3.2016 // pictures from my Snapchat (@duniakader - feel free to follow)

So I am busy getting ready to interview my patient tommorow, I am doing it as a part of a subject we have on our first semester where we get insight to communication with patients. And I am very excited!

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27.2.2016 // Today is spent with this setup. I am recapping all the chapters I have been through so far. This is something different from my average notes that I take. This is one of the ways that I do revision. The way that I do this is by answering the text book “outcome” questions.

Also I have an Instagram (@studyspiration) and a Snapchat (@duniakader - more personal) feel free to follow and send messages ❤️