A Guide to Studying the Skeletal System for Students of Anatomy and Physiology
Due to their accessibility the skeletal system is the easiest part of the body to learn especially for anatomy and physiology students. Touching your bones is very possible despite the skin. But then simply memorizing something is not very effective as when you attach meaning to what you are learning. If you follow these creative suggestions below, learning about the human skeletal system would become very easy for you.
It is still important to study your text book and listen to your teachers even if you have these ideas to help you in learning them.
But you can still be creative in studying them by following these ideas below.
One idea is to paint corresponding bones on a t-shirt or a pair of leggings. if you want to have more adventure you can actually paint and accentuate and label some bones right on your skin. Using an eyebrow pencil or any make up, you can mark your face to write the bones of the skull.
If you have a study group you can paint bones on each other and then take pictures and share it with the rest of the class.
The names of the bones can be used to make up rhymes and cute saying.
One saying can go, “My femur is horizontal when I’m a dreamer.”
The mandible is for chewing and a saying can go, “MAN Did I blow a big bubBLE” Where the caps spell the bone.
“The fibula is on the side of like a Jibula.” Where a jib is on the side of the main sail, just like the fibula is on the side of the tibia.
The word ‘parietal’ contains the word ‘pair’ and there are a pair of them. It ends with ‘tal’ since they are on the top of your head and is the tallest spot on your body.
You can also think of what the bones may remind you of based on their shape, and in relation to what they are used for.
For example a scapula looks a bit like a wing and is in fact involved in raising your arms.
The sphenoid bone inside your skull looks like a bat which lives inside the cave of your skull.
You can do animation when studying about bones. You can make a script where the bones are arguing with each other on what next to do. If you make your bones tell us what they can do, we can pinpoint the places in their body. Reading, performing and recording your script is one way to do it.
Using pasta for different categories of bones is also something you can use to as a learning tool. Long bones can be represented by penne pasta, seasmoid bones by macaroni, and flat bones by broken lasagna. When you have gathered your pasta, paste them onto a human shaped board and then put the names of the bones on it.