How to Learn the Circulatory System

Learning the circulatory system takes practice.
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The human circulatory system is vast and complex, and understanding it is required for many classes and educational programs. Because of its complexity, learning it often becomes a daunting task for students. Fortunately, several learning strategies can help you to learn the system more quickly and retain the information more easily.

Study diagrams of the circulatory system carefully. This is, perhaps, obvious advice, but it cannot be overemphasized. To learn the circulatory system requires you to spend a lot of time studying it and learning the names of its parts -- if you do not do this, you will have no actual information to learn or memorize.

Try to label blank diagrams of the circulatory system with the names of all the parts. Stretch your memory and try to remember as many of them as possible. When you finish labeling, check your answers and take note of the ones that you get wrong. The parts that you label incorrectly are those that you should study more closely.

Color a blank diagram of the circulatory system to reflect what is part of the artery system and what is part of the vein system. Arteries can be colored in red and veins in blue.

Make flash cards (on index cards) with the name of the circulatory system part on one side and the body location of that part on the other side. Linking the new information (the system part) with something you already know (body location) will help you remember the information more easily. This will also help you learn how the circulatory system is arranged throughout the body. The cards you do not know can be put into a separate pile for additional study.

Draw and label your own diagram of the circulatory system. Artistic ability is not as important as the relative position of, and accurate labeling of, system parts. The point here is to find out how much of the system you can visualize and recall. This is a good measure of how much of the system you have actually learned.

  • Study in multiple, short bursts of time so that your brain does not tire. Also, vary the methods that you use to study often to keep learning effectively.

Ryan Angus has been a college writing instructor since 2005. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English literature from Marshall University with an emphasis on language studies (linguistics). Currently, Angus is pursuing a Ph.D. at Purdue University and his research will focus on improving the ways that writing and language are taught in schools.