8 steps to make you remember origins and insertions and pass your anatomy exam first time!
I’m not going to sugar coat it; I’m all for positivity, but I know most of you hate learning the muscles and origins and insertions in preparation for your Level 3 anatomy and physiology exam.
One look at the endless table of muscles in your Level 3 anatomy manual, can make your heart sink, your brain flip in circles and your gut feel horrendous… it’s daunting.
But as with any big project, the easiest way to face something that is daunting… is… (drum roll)… break it down into little chunks!
I use this learning strategy with my one-to-one revision tutorials, and it works…every time!
8 steps to make you remember origins and insertions
1) Work out how many muscles you need to know for your exam (Active IQ use 50 individual muscles)
2) Create diary slots that schedule 15 minutes x the number of muscles you need to learn… spread these out on the approach to your exam day.
7) Now seal the deal – do an action that uses that muscle, and imagine the image in your head at the same time.
8) Take some time out from muscles… go onto another part of revision or do something totally different
This is a great task to do on the train if you commute, or on your lunch break (as long as you can get some peace and quiet), or before your morning shower, or even part way through the day whilst the kettle boils. It will literally take 15 minutes per muscle. Once you have gradually done all of the muscles you need to know, then go back and summarise/ revise and test yourself – you’ll be surprised what you remember
If you want to use the 8 steps but without the faff of finding images and adding text, then I have a tool for you that will make it super simple. Check out our Muscle Memory Sprint 50 Flashcards HERE . You can download them to your phone to look at on the go, or you can print them out and use like a traditional pack of flashcards. Combine this with the 8 steps above and you are well on your way to Muscle Memory success, i promise.
BUT THERE IS ONE MORE TRICK TO THIS WORKING!!! You absolutely need to BELIEVE that it works and that you know it!
If you doubt yourself, you will find it much harder to access your visual memory – its about positivity and staying calm … and that will get you success (i promise)
Have a go using the example above with the latissimus dorsi, and then try it again using the Gluteus Maximus Flashcard from our Muscle Memory Sprint 50 Flashcards. Get your schedule sorted and get started on each of the muscles!
Dedicated to your learning
P.S. Our flashcards are mapped to the Active IQ and CYQ syllabus, making sure you are learning no more and no less than you need to for your exam. – See you on the other side