My current anatomy and physiology study routine

Since being advised to draw more as a study method over on Instagram, I’ve been drawing up a storm. In addition to giving me a bit more perspective on where the different structures are in relation to each other, I’ve found that drawing is a great way to get studying, even when you’re not feeling completely up for it. You just put on a podcast and start doodling.

Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate this more and more into my daily routine, so without further ado, here’s how I’m currently studying anatomy and physiology:

1. Draw the anatomy: I try to ease myself into the work by setting up a little drawing station and outline the structure I’ll be working on that day. This can be anything from a muscle diagram to an organ. I try to make each structure as distinct as possible, while still looking (sort of) realistic. I then mark each structure with a black fine lined marker, using the Latin nomenclature.

2. Explain – out loud: After I’m done with the drawing, I try to sit down and say out loud what the Norwegian terms for each of the structures are, and where they are situated in the body, and in relation to the other structures in the drawing. If that feels silly, make some more notes under the Latin names to elaborate and explain further. At least think through your drawing, and try to use it actively when studying, if you decide to try this method out for yourself.

3. Write about the physiology: Currently, this is the part I get the most out of. Here I just sit down and try to fill out as many of the learning goals for the organ or system I’m working on that day. How many learning goals I can do per day varies greatly, but if I at least manage to do some, I’m satisfied. I try to write what the different structures do, and how they work, as simply as possible, while still leaving in the Latin terms, and including as many details necessary for the explanations to make sense.  

And that’s the current routine! I’m still not completely sure if doing all this has the best return on investment time-wise, but I’m trying it out to see if it’s sustainable for the long haul. I’m always eager to try out new study methods, so if you have any suggestions, or want to tell me how you study, let me know in the comment section below.