Introduction to Functional Anatomy of Central Nervous System
Summer 2020 - Took this during the summer which was 6 weeks long, use Anki!! I averaged 300-400 cards per lecture so your anki cards should be pretty specific lol but got an A+ on the midterm and final by just studying my Anki cards and some of the charts from the slides. The slides are really all you need which is nice. It is definitely a lot of info and can seem very very overwhelming so make sure not to get behind because it can be super hard to catch up. I'd say just make the anki cards from the slides and then start memorizing as soon as you can. Watch the lecture in your free time later but get to memorizing ASAP. She offered multiple Extra Credit opportunities which was nice and weren't too hard. The labs were pretty decent too but again if the lab quiz is friday try to start memorizing like sat/sun or as soon as she posts the slides. People study a lot of diff ways but for me just constant review instead of cramming right before exams worked well, like anki daily no matter how far away the exam is. Also for notes I would draw images to help remember things (i.e. to remember the PAG has opioid receptors and received pain and temp input I drew a pig with poppy flowers and its tail on fire lol). Overall a lot of info but definitely manageable if you take it one day at a time!
Fall 2018 - Doing well in this class boils down to how you study. Even though there is A LOT of material to memorize, it's completely manageable if you space out studying and practice recall. I cannot emphasize anything more than practicing recall! This course is extremely fair and the exams pull directly from lecture and the notes. They even give you a lot of blanks to practice on, so there really shouldn't be an excuse for missing things on those figures. I guarantee that if you study by re-labelling and studying the figures and by drawing things out, then you will do well in the course. And the professors are pretty good and caring, but they don't care about any BS or slacking off, so that's why some people may think they're bad or hardasses. Tips: - Screenshot all figures (even the little ones in the corner and especially the ones that have labels in red) and fill out all the labels. Then re-do them. Every picture and structure that appears on the test was somewhere in the lecture notes. - DRAW WHATEVER YOU CAN. Draw the pathways, make tables, use colors, draw brain structures and then label it, etc. This is an ANATOMY course, so most of the material needs to be visually learned. Your brain will remember the drawings and figures easily this way and recall on the test will be clear. - Do not waste time trying to write down or type everything the professors say. Most of what they say is WRITTEN ON THE SLIDES, but the point is to listen and see what's important and where the structures are located. I encourage printing out the slides and writing on them, or typing directly onto the slides or using your ipad to write notes directly onto the slides. If you made it all the way to the end of my post, then good for you! I really really really loved this course because the material was incredible. Studying for this class didn't seem tough for me, because I truly loved the material and cared about actually learning it. If you are a neuroscience major or pre-med, then you really should try hard for this class because in med school, you'll have to learn neuroanatomy anyway and this is directly relevant for your career. And if you don't enjoy the material or care, then why are you in this class or major anyway?
Dr. Scheibel is by far the best professor i've ever taken. He made a most boring subject the most interesting. His voice and humor make you forget about time. He knows about the nervous system more than anybody i've known. His jokes are hilarious and he always included relevant cases in his lectures that help you learn so much better. He's a super cool professor. Boy, am I glad i have him...