A&P first Lab test results... - page 2

Hey fellow A&P I guys...have you had your first test?? We got our results today!! I made a 100%!! We have our lecture test Monday. Lots of studying to still do!! How about you guys, anyone else... Read More

  1. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by JennyRN2B
    Hey Kris-Good JOB!! I have my lecture test Monday...we have study group this afternoon. I think I am ready. I always feel a little more motivated knowing I am going to be asked questions by my fellow classmates. So far the key for me has been reading over my notes everyday. It seems to all just build on step by step. I have always been a last minute study person but realized going in that it would not cut it for A&P and nursing school. As I look back now and compare the two types of studying, I prefer the build as you go method. tee hee

    Okay, gotta hit the books...

    Bean- You GO GIRL!! You can do IT!!
    Vettech- I hope I do as well on my lecture portion as you just did on micro!!
    Jenny
    Exactly! I too used to be one who would wait until closer to the test before studying but with the amount to absorb, I knew I couldn't leave it to the end. So now after class, I'll make sure to rewrite my notes, going over them carefully as well.

    It's ironic though...when we got the grades back and he said that there was only one "A", they wanted to know what I did (though they don't know that it was I except for a that sit close to me). I mean, part of it is interest in the subject as I like this area of science, but mainly it is just paying attention in class and doing some active studying (not just staring at the pages and expecting to absorb without understanding). My biggest motivation is getting into nursing school in which there are only 80 spots. Although that might sound like a lot of spots compared to programs with less, when you hear that a lot of people are applying, it is important to stand out. Plus with the amount of reading and studying for nursing, waiting until the last moment can get to be catastrophic.

    I have a friend who started the program this semester (4 weeks ago) and other than a quick hello in the first two weeks, I've heard nothing from her, my guess is that she is glued to the books now.

    Good luck to you all!
    Kris
  2. by   JennyRN2B
    Kris,
    I know about the 80 spot thing. My school has only 80 also. Although, I think they are bumping it up to 100. Sounds nice until you hear that 300 people applied. I figure, anything I can do to make myself stand out...A's can't hurt. tee hee. Besides, Iwant to make A's while I can. I hear that we should not get to used to having them as grades. I believe I once read, "C=RN", if that gives any indication as to how difficult it is.

    Best wishes to you too!!
    Jenny
  3. by   vettech
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    Exactly! I too used to be one who would wait until closer to the test before studying but with the amount to absorb, I knew I couldn't leave it to the end. So now after class, I'll make sure to rewrite my notes, going over them carefully as well.

    It's ironic though...when we got the grades back and he said that there was only one "A", they wanted to know what I did (though they don't know that it was I except for a that sit close to me). I mean, part of it is interest in the subject as I like this area of science, but mainly it is just paying attention in class and doing some active studying (not just staring at the pages and expecting to absorb without understanding). My biggest motivation is getting into nursing school in which there are only 80 spots. Although that might sound like a lot of spots compared to programs with less, when you hear that a lot of people are applying, it is important to stand out. Plus with the amount of reading and studying for nursing, waiting until the last moment can get to be catastrophic.

    I have a friend who started the program this semester (4 weeks ago) and other than a quick hello in the first two weeks, I've heard nothing from her, my guess is that she is glued to the books now.

    Good luck to you all!
    Kris
    I'm in a similar boat and I am worried. My school has two options for applying. In one option, they look at your ACT/SAT score. In the other, they look at your GPA of 3 specific classes. The catch is that those three classes have to be taken at THAT school. I had 2 of the 3 classes in getting my vettech degree so I had to sit the ACT, which I just finished not an hour ago actually.

    After walking out of that exam, I feel like I've just been kicked in the head! I'll be happy if I break 25! What bothers me is that I've got a 4.0 GPA in my prereqs yet theres a chance I may not make the cut because the ACT kicked my umm, tush.

    Something just seems wrong about requiring I take those courses at THAT school even though they transfer just fine.
    Last edit by vettech on Feb 8, '03
  4. by   vettech
    Originally posted by JennyRN2B
    Hey Kris-Good JOB!! I have my lecture test Monday...we have study group this afternoon. I think I am ready. I always feel a little more motivated knowing I am going to be asked questions by my fellow classmates. So far the key for me has been reading over my notes everyday. It seems to all just build on step by step. I have always been a last minute study person but realized going in that it would not cut it for A&P and nursing school. As I look back now and compare the two types of studying, I prefer the build as you go method. tee hee

    Okay, gotta hit the books...

    Bean- You GO GIRL!! You can do IT!!
    Vettech- I hope I do as well on my lecture portion as you just did on micro!!
    Jenny
    Thanks, I'll know on Tues if my confidence was well placed or not.

    As far as your study method, YES, that's exactly how to do it. I also find it stays with me longer studying that way... helps when your classes have comprehensive finals plus NCLEX (just one GIANT Comprehensive Final )
  5. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by vettech
    Thanks, I'll know on Tues if my confidence was well placed or not.

    As far as your study method, YES, that's exactly how to do it. I also find it stays with me longer studying that way... helps when your classes have comprehensive finals plus NCLEX (just one GIANT Comprehensive Final )
    Vettech, wishing you the best of luck on Tuesday. Waiting is the pits. We were able to apply as of Jan 21, but won't find out until early May if we get in the program or not. From 1/21 until 2/28 is the Priority period at which time the applications received will be reviewed (how? I have no idea). The only thing they go by is the GPA and how many of your prereqs are done already. On the plus side I have a 3.95 GPA, but regarding the prereqs, I'm doing 2 now (A&P 1 and Human Dev), and in the summer I plan on doing the last two classes (A&P 2 and Micro). So anyone with more prereqs may be ahead of me.

    Regarding the NCLEX, my A&P prof uses the same kind of format as this all important tests by increasing the difficulty as the test goes on and having some questions that require you to integrate the material learned. It is amazing how some tried to argue the test. What are they going to do when they (if they) take the NCLEX.


    Kris
    Last edit by 2banurse on Feb 8, '03
  6. by   LauraLou
    I am having a much harder time on the lab tests. Give me a book to read and vocabulary to memorize and I'm fine. But trying to memorize what slides are what is killing me! I guess I am not a visual person, I much prefer words to pictures.

    I only have lab once a week and it's almost impossible for me to remember what is pseudostratified columinar ciliated epthelium vs. transitional epithelium vs. dense irregular connective tissue, etc based on one or two viewing of a slide.

    I would be grateful for any sugestions!
  7. by   2banurse
    Like you, I only have lab once a week so it is difficult to see the slides the lab has available. I used both the textbook and the web to look at slide pictures and then I would try to remember just a couple of special features each. Such as the pseudostratified ciliated columnar epithelium has the obvious hairy cilia. To distinguish the muscle tissues, I look for the intercalated discs for the cardiac muscle, etc. Look on this BB, I believe that you will find a couple of websites for A&P (especially under the student nursing thread).

    The thing is, you are going to need to be visual when it comes to nursing. When you are assessing your patient, you'll be looking and listening to anything that might be out of order.

    Best of luck!
    Kris
  8. by   litepath
    ...My A&P prof was a real sweetheart. hardly anyone liked him because of his tests. Our tests were always 100 questions long with about twenty true/false, twenty multiple guess and the rest were fill in the blank or draw a picture. I always tried to read ahead and have questions at the ready when I got to class. The subject matter is so broad it always seemed like a real challenge for him to channel it down to a hundred questions to ask. I scraped by with a B and finished A&P three semesters ago. However now I am being tutored by him for my own self study of A&P. Just feel like it will take years of self study to ever really have a handle on the physiology.
  9. by   vettech
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    Vettech, wishing you the best of luck on Tuesday. Waiting is the pits. We were able to apply as of Jan 21, but won't find out until early May if we get in the program or not. From 1/21 until 2/28 is the Priority period at which time the applications received will be reviewed (how? I have no idea). The only thing they go by is the GPA and how many of your prereqs are done already. On the plus side I have a 3.95 GPA, but regarding the prereqs, I'm doing 2 now (A&P 1 and Human Dev), and in the summer I plan on doing the last two classes (A&P 2 and Micro). So anyone with more prereqs may be ahead of me.

    Regarding the NCLEX, my A&P prof uses the same kind of format as this all important tests by increasing the difficulty as the test goes on and having some questions that require you to integrate the material learned. It is amazing how some tried to argue the test. What are they going to do when they (if they) take the NCLEX.


    Kris
    I should have phrased my post better... I'll have results of my Micro exam Tues, not my acceptance into the ADN program I want. Likely that won't come until June, if at all. First I have to get my ACT scores back, then I have to see if I get past the first cut and get to endure an interview, THEN they make their picks for the fall class.
  10. by   vettech
    Originally posted by LauraLou
    I am having a much harder time on the lab tests. Give me a book to read and vocabulary to memorize and I'm fine. But trying to memorize what slides are what is killing me! I guess I am not a visual person, I much prefer words to pictures.

    I only have lab once a week and it's almost impossible for me to remember what is pseudostratified columinar ciliated epthelium vs. transitional epithelium vs. dense irregular connective tissue, etc based on one or two viewing of a slide.

    I would be grateful for any sugestions!
    Then try an alternative - describe them in words, step by step. I find telling "stories" helps word-thinkers better than pictures. Imagine you are a surgeon and walk though what the individual layers of skin are that you'll be cutting through, stuff like that.

    If you prefer words, remember what each of those words mean separately so you can piece together what you're looking at.
    Epithelium - skin
    Cilliated - has cillia (little hairs)
    Columnar - shaped like a column, tall and narrow
    etc

    Draw pictures of the slides. You don't have to be an artist. You should see the ones I draw, just chicken scratches really, but there's enough info there for me to be able to study.
  11. by   LauraLou
    Thank you for the GREAT suggestion! I will try making up a "story" about each slide.

    I did that for an art history class I took years ago, but had forgotten until you suggested it.

    I was feeling really stressed about the upcoming lab practical. I appreciate your reminder to play to my strenghts rather than dwell on my weaknesses.

    Thanks again!
  12. by   vettech
    Originally posted by LauraLou
    Thank you for the GREAT suggestion! I will try making up a "story" about each slide.

    I did that for an art history class I took years ago, but had forgotten until you suggested it.

    I was feeling really stressed about the upcoming lab practical. I appreciate your reminder to play to my strenghts rather than dwell on my weaknesses.

    Thanks again!
    I do everything, any trick I can. My latest "story" is the digestive system since that's the primary focus of my next lecture exam. I imagine a bit of food (nutritionally balanced so I can get all the bits right) and say aloud all the things that will happen to it from the first bite all the way to the other end.

    Saying things aloud will help the "audio" learners as well. Plus it really helps plan essays as well.

    Good luck!
  13. by   Hooligan
    Woo Woo!!! I got a 97% on my Lecture exam!!! It technichally should have been a mid "B" but apparently most of the class bombed the first test so he based the exam off of 150 points rather than 170. So my 146 turned out to be a 97%. I'm not too proud to not appreciate it! I do realize however that I shouldn't change any of my answers and that I need to read the questions a little more carefully. If I had, I would have had an "A" from the get go! God do I hate stupid mistakes! Well at least this time it didn't cost me my "A"! It's a windfall...but I'll take it!

    ~Bean

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