KINE 2031 is one of the first heavy-science based courses Health Science & Kinesiology students at York University are introduced to during their second year of undergraduate. This can make it challenging for many. Here are a few tips to consider if you want to ensure success in this course:
1.Don’t skip class!
The lectures for this course are posted online – but this is not a free pass to skip class. The online lectures are a great resource for review but you will need to be in class to take proper notes. The professor uses a laser pointer to point to different portions of his diagrams when teaching and this laser pointer won’t show up in the lectures that get posted online. Human Anatomy is a course that covers very detailed topics and you, will, therefore, need to take very detailed diligent notes on the different parts of the body. The last thing you want is a gap in your notes where you need information critical to ace the final exam.
2. Read the textbook!
The textbook for this course is a large one, but to gain a thorough understanding of the human body you will find it to be an invaluable resource. The textbook has many photos and diagrams that the professor will not show you in class. These are great supplementary study resources and the practise questions in the book are also amazing tools for review.
3. Prepare for and attend the labs diligently!
This course has weekly lab meetings where you will dissect cats and have periodic lab quizzes. Go to these labs and study hard for the quizzes. The lab quizzes are relatively easy and much easier to ace than the finals. You will want those bonus marks and they are also a great review for the final and midterm exams. Yes, you might be grossed out dissecting the cats at the beginning, but you will become comfortable and enjoy it by the end of the course. It can feel great to truly understand the workings of the body of another living being.
4. Use the online resources and create your own creative study resources!
There are many ways outside the classroom to test your understanding of the material and course concepts. You will have access to online tutorial resources provided to you by your lab instructors. Furthermore, if your lab instructor permits you, it is a great idea to record or film parts of lab sessions where your instructor is identifying certain parts of the cat cadavers. This was incredibly useful to me when studying for the lab quizzes.
5. Attend the organized study Sessions!
York University offers wonderful peer tutoring and group study sessions for some of its most difficult courses, these are called “Peer Assisted Study Sessions” organized by the colleges. Human Anatomy is one that is very popular in attendance for these sessions. PASS leaders are usually students who have previously done very well in the course and will be able to help clarify concepts for you. It is also so much more fun and less tedious to study with a group!
Kine 2031: Human Anatomy is known to be one of the more difficult courses in the Kinesiology program at York University. This is because it is a second year required course and the first time many students are truly being introduced to such in-depth topics revolving around human anatomy. Follow the tips provided though, and the course should be manageable. The human body is fascinating and KINE 2031 can be one of the most interesting you ever take with adequate preparation.