A & P II has officially begun!
Its a good idea to start knowing the material before it piles up, otherwise it will get to a point where it all becomes overwhelming…
So lets start now.
The first step in learning anything new in A & P is to ask yourself the basic questions:
- What is the Endocrine System?
- How does it work?
- What makes up the endocrine system?
- What do I need to know about this system?
These questions help you understand the big picture and the basic idea. Knowing this, you can then easily fill in the details later.
If you just dive in to memorize the details without understanding the big idea, you are probably gonna get lost, drowned in the details and you most likely will not remember much.
Let us show you what we mean:
- What is the Endocrine system ?
This system is made up of a group of glands. These glands produce certain chemicals (hormones). These glands release these chemicals into the blood stream ( circulatory system) and these chemicals are carried to other organs (target organs) where they have effects.
Believe it or not, that is the general idea.
2. What is the function of the endocrine system?
Through these chemicals released by the glands, the endocrine system is able to regulate growth, development, metabolism. It is related to the nervous system ( you did that in A & P I). Review the nervous system here.
3. What glands make up the endocrine system?
The major endocrine glands in this system include: Pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.
Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocrine_system
4. What do I need to know about the endocrine system?
There is a lot about the endocrine system that is important to know, however what you need right now is to know what you need to pass this class, and there are several ways of knowing:
- Read the objectives: It is usually at the beginning of the chapter in the textbook or in your syllabus.
- Listen to your professor: Listen for what he says he or she needs you to know. Listen for words like “this is important,” or “make sure you know this.” Are there some parts that he or she emphasizes on? Note it down.
- Ask your professor: Ask him what part of endocrine system is important for you to know. Remember, Professor Welsh always wants to meet with you.
Lastly, here is a short 9 minute video, that gives you the big picture (introduction) of the endocrine system.
Featured image credit:https://vimeo.com/78090182
Remember, if you have any questions about the endocrine system itself or how to study it, post your questions below and they will be answered ASAP!