Tips for the older Athlete


Having trouble getting back into a dense reading load of American History? Try these student tested techniques from an older athlete.

Top 5 Resources for Healthcare Students

Top Five Resources for Healthcare Students

Kenneth Oms

Being a student majoring in the healthcare field can be stressful for a variety of reasons. It can range from finding the right kind of study resources, to managing and adapting to student life, and preparing for future employment. I’m not ashamed to admit that during my time at Valencia Community College I made a lot of terrible mistakes when it came to studying, and it led to me flunking out of a medical degree program, because I simply could not retain all of the information. Different people learn in different ways, and the resources available to me at the time just weren’t cutting it.

While it’s really important to buy the required course books and manuals to keep up with your instructor’s lectures, sometimes the information can be too overwhelming, and a more condensed version is easier to remember. Whether it be apps, search engines, or databases, the advancement of technology has made it easier to get tips, information, and guides from past students and teachers. Whether you are studying medical assisting, nursing, or any of the many healthcare programs available, here are some of the resources I wish I had in order to improve memory, help retain information, and that offer some strong interactive visual examples for more hands-on learners.


  1. Muscle and Bone Anatomy 3D – My biggest struggle as a healthcare major was anatomy. There were just too many bones, muscles, and actions for me to remember, and other than a few diagrams in the book I had no way to associate the terms to their physical counterpart.
    Muscle and Bone Anatomy 3D is hands down one of the best apps I have seen for healthcare students who have to learn the anatomy of the human body. The app is designed to give users an in-depth look at the human body through a virtual 3D model. You can rotate the body around with a swipe of your finger, and dive into the different layers of the body – the skeletal and muscular systems, for example. Click on a body part, muscle, or bone and a tab will pop up demonstrating the action, origin, corresponding nerve, or helpful fact about what you’ve selected.
    Overall, the app has great value for the resources and features it offers. If you learn anything from my experience taking and failing anatomy, it is to use a tool like this one for relating and retaining the wealth of information.
  2. Brainscape – This web and mobile app is used by teachers and students to create digital flash cards on any subject, and it allows users to share with anyone on the web. It’s pretty handy whether you are studying alone or with a group of classmates, and you don’t have to be in the same room to share your flashcards.
    This is another app that helps in moving information from the passive side of your brain to the active side, and it has a cool tool that allows users to rate flashcards based on how confident they feel about the information on it. In other words, if you got the answer wrong, you’d rate your confidence at a low level so that the card comes up more frequently.
  3. Medical Mnemonics (app) – One of the more nifty apps out there for students, Medical mnemonics is all about helping users expand their memory and retain medical terminology from anatomy all the way to urology and more. Whether it’s through rhymes or its flashcard feature, Medical Mnemonics makes it so that students can learn and memorize terminology with ease and convenience.
  4. MedCalX (app) – MedcalcX is a helpful app for those who have a hard time with numbers, particularly measurements. The app has a lot of the different medical formulas and conversions medical students/professionals use/need to memorize for their day-to-day rounds. Every formula comes with an explanation and some practice exercises so you can learn how to take measurements without having to rely on the app.
  5. MedicalStudent (website) – Probably one of the most helpful websites out there, MedicalStudent offers a comprehensive list linking to different textbooks, diagrams, and other resources – most of which are free. They are listed by practice/field of study to make it easy to find a text reference for the field you are studying for.

Bonus App

  1. Prognosis (app) – This fun little app is a game that has a lot to teach. It’s designed for those students who learn by applying the information that they have read to some sort of visual guide.

Hopefully, this blog post has given some of you med and non-med students out there some resources to use when studying. They are easy to access by phone so you can get some studying in on the go. The most important part is that you make time to study. No matter if it’s on your break at work, or even while waiting to catch the bus home – study!


Study Productivity – Getting the Results You Want

Great infographic to get you started for the New Year.Study-Smart-An-InfographicSubmitted by Aris Grigoriou


Student adds tips on how to read a Math Textbook

After reading the handout on how to read a Math Textbook I find the most important steps here to be 4, 5, and 8. Though most of these steps are are fairly self-evident, it is always a good reminder that it is important to slow down, pay attention to diagrams, and write a few things down. I would add a few extra tips:

  • There’s a very useful glossary at the end of every book.
  • Use the table of contents as a checklist of topics you’ve mastered.
  • Make a master list of all the formulas you need for each chapter and stick it in the book like a bookmark so you can glance over it every class (I cannot stress this enough)
  • If you really can’t stand books, look for an online video tutorial and make a Word document where you save your video links.

Mariah Mier, San Mateo County Community College, California

Reading Strategy specifically for understanding quotes

Morgan Rozmark, College of St. Ben/ St. John’s University, Minnesota designed a technique to help students identify where the difficulty is in the text and secondly to identify what the difficulty is.  Check out the I.I.R.L.L reading strategy that gives specific examples of working with quotes.

Reading Strategy for quotes

Insight to Reading Psychology

Check out this brochure by Taylor Rod, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota

Great side bar of tips that could be used a bookmark.

Psychology Brochure


Textbook Reading Strategy using apps for iPhone/Android

Write.Read.Record.Listen  (W2RL)

Check out this brochure by Stephanie Anderson.

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota

W2RL Textbook Reading Strategy

Video Gaming Reading Strategy

  • Trouble in retaining information?
  • Are you good at video games?
  • Try a new solution to reading.
  • Use familiar terms from your favorite game to help retain what you read.
Check out this textbook reading brochure from College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota.

Tutor Tips on Anatomy and Physiology


By Vidya Balakrishnan

Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

I chose to read the Resource under Biology titled Tips for Study of Anatomy & Physiology since they are the two subjects I tutor most often (especially Physiology). I found it helpful that first and foremost, the article addresses the most challenging aspects of the classes that I have also found my tutees to bring up during our sessions. The reasons the class is so hard is: (1) it covers a ton of information with excruciating detail, (2) much of the terminology in A&P requires intensive knowledge of Latin and Greek roots, (3) the Lab portions of both class are taught at the same level of detail as the lecture and typically must be taken concurrently though they may not perfectly align in timing with the corresponding lecture.


The article hit the nail on the head with great tips to overcome these 3 difficulties and I found that many of these were the same ones I used when I took the courses two years ago myself and received A’s. For example, encouraging students to preview new material by reading the textbook before class so they are not overwhelmed first seeing it in lecture. It also suggested reviewing lecture material soon after and devoting 2-3 hours per day to review material. It is absolutely true with this class that the hardest part is keeping up with the material in the time crunch of 16 weeks, so reviewing material as it is learned it very important. So I will definitely pass that tip to my tutees.


Another tip I really liked was encouraging students to learn together. This was helpful because I only can fit in 4 limited hours In-the Center due to my hectic schedule where I can tutor; since many of my tutees are learning the same topics with the same professors I have encouraged them to get together privately too and study more if their Learning Center time isn’t enough. I have also found that working in groups is helpful since students can practice teaching to each other to reinforce subjects and boost their own confidence.


Finally, the article suggested students use flashcards for topics with many subparts such as learning the cranial nerves or muscle groups. Many of my tutees are visual learners and already do this, but if they don’t I will pass this on to them especially!

Coach’s Corner: How to study PE/Athletics

Tommy Romano

My name is Tommy Romano, the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. On top of coaching, I also teach a PE class, Basketball 101. I realize that when college comes around, a great way to boost GPA and also exercise during a hectic day is to enroll in a PE class, which can cover all sports. Every class is different, and each instructor will have different expectations. However, one thing is certain, and just like in any other class, there are certain ways to separate yourself from your peers and obtain the highest grade possible. My blog is to cover some of those main points, both from the instructor side, and as a student (from my PE courses when I attended the University of Oregon from 2007-2011.)


1: Attendance is a very important not only in school but also in life. Most people think of attendance and think they just need to show up and everything will be fine. There is so much more to your approach and how your teacher will see your efforts. First off, always try and be early to class, no matter the subject. As an instructor, I am looking for the students that are early. To me, this shows they are interested, and WANT to be at class, not merely showing up because they have too. This seems basic, but showing up 5 minutes early everyday will get you noticed in a very positive light. Apply this to daily life; 5 minutes early is ON TIME.

Ask your teacher questions. What can I do to go over the top? Most teachers will be very blunt with their expectations, and my class is no different even though it is PE.


  1. Attention to detail: In PE classes, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking this class is not important and just a GPA class. GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD! It is still a college level class, and you need to approach it that way. There is always something to learn and something to improve on. Also, your physical health is important to your overall well being. Take class seriously, be a sponge, and ask questions. That 60-minute session may be the difference in having an OK day and having a GREAT day. With that being said, academics come first. You may have a test the day of or day after your PE Class, so use that time appropriately. If you need to study for another course, get to class early and express it to your teacher. Most will understand that your math test is more important than a PE class. However, don’t get in the habit of doing this all the time. You are still a student now signed up for a class, and need to attend as often as you can. Emergencies happen, but don’t use class time making up study hours that you put off the night before.


  1. Find a study buddy! I can’t tell you how many study partners I found while attending PE classes at U of O. Students in these classes may have similar interests outside of school as you do, so get to know your classmates. You may have similar courses as other students, so ask your peers about their classes and how they study. Just because it is a PE class, doesn’t mean you can’t find a study buddy or learn new ways to approach school!


  1. Have fun! These classes are designed to take a break throughout a hectic day. Exercising is a great stress relief, and will motivate you to get back to work. Take class seriously, try and improve at the designed PE course, and apply these lessons to everyday life; Being on time, working hard, having fun, and improving. College goes by fast; so don’t get caught up in the future! Live in the now, and enjoy your experience!

 Tommy Romano

(512) 750-1934