This interactive Microsoft Excel sheet is a great tool to use in the classroom with anatomy students. It helps them make sense of how the forearm muscles are organized by going through patterns step by step and drawing out important facts that help them understand the reasons behind the layout.
For example, all but two of the anterior compartment muscles (which tend to be mostly flexors of the wrist and fingers) are innervated by the median nerve. The flexor carpi ulnaris is so far to the ulnar side that it is innervated by the ulnar nerve instead of the median nerve. The flexor digitorum profundus is so "profound" that it needs to be innervated by both the median and the ulnar nerve.
Through such organization and discussion, students can retain the patterns and the reasons behind the arrangement of muscles, instead of having to memorize their origins, insertions, actions, innervations, compartments and layers.
Try the preview and uncover the different post-it notes on each worksheet!