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. Memorizing something sometimes don’t last long but when meaning is attached to what you are learning, then you can easily retain them. Below are some creative suggestions which you can use to make connections between your bones and other things in your life.

These ideas, however, are not meant to replace studying our textbook or attending class and paying attention to your teacher.

follow these ideas for more creativity while studying your lessons.

One idea is to paint corresponding bones on a t-shirt or a pair of leggings. Painting your skin can be one adventure for you. The bones of the skull can be marked on your face using eyebrow pencil or any kind of makeup.

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.

You can make up rhymes or cute saying from the bones.

For example, my femur is horizontal when I’m a dreamer.

“MAN Did I blow a big bubBLE” where the capital letters spell mandible which is for chewing.

The saying which goes ‘The fibula is on the side of the jibula’ gives as a clue as 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.

Based on their shape, think of what the bones may remind you and you can also relate it to what they are used for.

The wing like scapula is used in raising your arms.

Think of you skull as a cave where a bat lives; this bat looks like your sphenoid bone.

You can also animate your bones. The script should be an argument among the bones on what to do next. In the script the bones should tell what they do so you can remember where they are. Make friends from your study group reach through the script or perform and record your creation.

You can also use different types of pasta for different categories of bones. You can use penne pasta for long bones, macaroni for sesamoid bones, and broken lasagna for flat bones. You can glue them on a page or poster board in the shape of a human body and then label the bones.

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