How to memorize anatomical structure locations.?

I’m taking Human Anatomy as a summer class. It seems that I’m having a hard time being able to point to a structure and name it. (Right now we are learning the locations and components of the cranial nerves), The words are so alien to me, long, and so diverse that I’m struggling to learn them and their locations. This course is a one month course and it’s too late to drop and frankly I refuse to drop.

Anatomical term definitions are a cinch. Easy to learn with flash cards. But when it comes to pointing at a structure and name it and it’s complexities…I feel screwed.

What are some tips and tricks to memorizing where structures are on a model?

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  • Grand Rapids

    Try using memory maps (mind maps) to correlate anatomical parts with their individual structure or function. You could also use actual 3D models of the organs and systems and learn in a more interactive way. This approach has never failed me.

  • Indiana Frenchman

    the web page (below) presents:
    Ten Helpful Mnemonics for Clinical Anatomy Terms
    By David Terfera and Shereen Jegtvig from Clinical Anatomy For Dummies

    Learning (and memorizing) the names and locations of anatomical structures isn’t easy, so clinical anatomy students often develop mnemonics, or memory tricks, to make it a little easier. These mnemonics include acronyms, short poems, and silly phrases that are quite effective for remembering parts of the body. Here are ten popular (G-rated) memory devices for different parts of the body, from the top to the bottom.

    please see web page for detail .. too much to copy/paste

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