I’m studying to become a doctor so, as you can imagine, knowing the ins and outs of the human anatomy is essential. While books are pretty thorough, I found myself wanting an additional study tool – something that would help me memorize the different parts and functions of the human body that was a little less boring than the black and white textbook pages. So, as you might expect, I took to Google, which is how I came across AppGrooves. It’s this website that lists the top ten apps in a bunch of categories, and one of them happens to be anatomy – no joke, I’ll link it below so you can see for yourself.
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I didn’t have any experience with anatomy apps, so I thought I’d check some of them out, and I’m so glad I did. Right away I noticed a difference in how much I could remember. I’ve been so excited about my progress with these apps that I wanted to share my favourite three with you.
Teach Me Anatomy – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 500K
If you’re a medical student, like me, then you absolutely need to Teach Me Anatomy as a study tool. The design is beautifully rendered and accurate because it’s meant to educate and help you retain information. Not to mention, there are multiple choice quizzes, textbook articles, and labeled illustrations to help you understand each concept, which is particularly helpful if you happen to get stumped on a topic and want more in-depth learning aids. Though, I will point out that the app occasionally glitches or freezes, at which point you have to reload it in order to get it to work again.
Pros: Has lots of study aids like quizzes, articles and labeled images.
Cons: Some glitching/freezing every now and then.
Overall: The app offers a lot of detailed study tools, which are great for medical students, but it does freeze up occasionally.
Daily Anatomy – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 50K
If you want a study tool that’s a little lighter, you can practice anatomy concepts on a daily basis with quizzes and flashcards. It’s a really quick and easy way to make sure everything is implanted in your long-term memory. And what’s really nice is that you can track your progress to see how you improve over time. However, if you want to memorize the full Latin names of each and every part of the anatomy, you may find yourself going to Google quite a bit because this app doesn’t have every Latin name listed.
Pros: Quizzes and flashcards make daily study easy, effective for memorization.
Cons: Does not contain all Latin names for the different parts of the anatomy.
Overall: If memorizing the anatomy is what you’re after then this is the app for you, just note that you may not learn all of the Latin names for each body part or function.
Muscle Skeleton – Rating: 4, Downloads: 500K
I won’t lie to you, you do have to pay for full access to this app, so you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of whether it’s worth it for you. For me, as someone who is constantly studying anatomy and trying to improve my knowledge of the subject, it was worth it. The graphics and illustrations are really high-quality; to the point that they look almost cinematic. The skeletal surfaces are designed with high-resolution textures which I like a lot because it makes studying the different bones, muscles, and systems appear more realistic.
Pros: High-quality, life-like illustrations and images.
Cons: You have to pay in order to access the app’s full library of content and features.
Overall: Extremely high-quality illustrations make learning about anatomy seem closer to what you’ll see in real life but you do have to pay in order to fully access all parts of the app.
Overall, I’ve noticed a significant difference in my performance in-class in regards to memorizing facts about anatomy. There’s a lot to learn, and while I’m by no means an expert, I feel much more confident about my level of knowledge now than before I found these three apps. I’m really hopeful that these will help you just as much as they’ve helped me, and I can’t recommend enough that you check them out for yourself.