Facial Muscles Anatomy Human anatomy organs
Memory is a funny thing. It can be surprising, just as it can be frustrating. For those wishing to learn anatomy, memorization is the first aspect of physiology you will need to master. Are you able to identify the three types of tonsils confidently? Perhaps if you look at a diagram, you might be able to remember, but how acan you have this knowledge with you at all times? Using memory to your best advantage is the key.
A mnemonic is a specifically formulated memory aid that uses key psychological identifiers such as humorous, unique or personified acronyms and phrases to help you easily recall more complex informtion. Mnemonics are a very useful tool for those who wish to memorize anatomy.
So how can mnemonics help you memorize human anatomy?
When you read a book, you need to create (‘encode’) a specific memory for the information process. Because text books are written primarily in long paragraphs, there are few subjective characteristics that are easy for your mind to encode to memory. You may remember a few fragments of what you’ve read, but it is much harder to assemble those fragments into a solid memory without many hours of study. The sole purpose of an anatomy mnemonic is to apply knowledge to an easy to remember cue. For example, you can learn to recall the three types of tonsils through one simple phrase: “PPL (people) have tonsils”. Pharyngeal, Palatine and Lingual are the three types of tonsils. The mnemonic cue in this instance is the word “people”, and it’s common abbreviation, “PPL”.
You can even memorize which carpal bone is hooked through a mnemonic: “The Hamate has the Hook.’ H is the mnemonic queue, in this instance. After you’ve learnt mnemonics such as these, you don’t even need to think – the knowledge is with you always!
There are many mnemonic systems out there, but the one that has been proven most effective is audio mnemonics. It’s exactly what it sounds like, audio recordings for teaching you mnemonic exercises. They’re easier to follow, more convenient for when you’re on the go (you can put them on your iPod or laptop and listen anywhere), plus they give your eyes a rest after a long day in class.
Discover the worlds first anatomy mnemonics memorization system. It has already helped 100s of student achieve their goals and memorize anatomy.
Posted in body anatomy Tags: anatomy charts, body anatomy, brain anatomy diagram, facial muscles anatomy, male anatomy No Comments »