Suggested Learning Activities & Assignment
These suggestions are designed to support a variety of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It is up to you to decide how many and which of the suggested exercises will be most helpful for you. We do not expect you to use all of the suggestions; however, you must complete four suggested activities to support at least two different learning styles. Most of us have a dominant style, but all of us learn best if we learn new information using more than one style.
Before you begin, look over the suggested exercises (learning activities) below. Notice that some involve making copies of pages before writing or coloring in your book. This will give you more opportunities to learn and practice, and quiz yourself on the information you are studying.
Most of us have a dominant style, but all of us learn best if we learn new information using more than one style.
- Color in the muscles, bones etc. on a photocopy of each page that you study.
- Group muscles by muscle attachment. Example: Name all the muscles you know that attach on the humerus. Make it more challenging by naming all the muscles you know that attach on the medial aspect of the humerus, etc.
- Using a stuffed animal, your own body and finally a willing small animal, point to or palpate (gently) the muscle attachments and outline the muscle showing approximate size, shape, and fiber direction.
- Make an audio tape of yourself naming the muscles and their attachments (and whatever information you want to add for yourself). Play the tape in the car while driving or anytime that works for you.
- Identify the parts of the words and muscle names that give you information about their location, shape, number of attachments, depth, etc (i.e. Brachiocephalicus, brachio = arm, cephalus = head)
- Group muscles that share the same or similar location, but at different depths. Example: the rhomboid is deep to the trapezius.