Strangely enough, this is the 2nd time today I have come across this topic. The first was in line at the cashier's office on campus, the 2nd here...
I have never dropped a class because of the instructor. I have always managed to do well enough despite a bad instructor, and in some cases was even shocked when I earned an A because I thought they would find a reason to denigrate my work.
I just plow through, do the best I can, and move on. It is only one class after all!
On another note, I needed a titer today so was at the lab getting my blood drawn. Since I had no idea of the wait time, my notebook was out and I was studying. A lady there asked me what semester I was in (she saw the notes and recognized them immediately) and went on to say she was a retired instructor from our program. What she told me about our instructors was a riot! I know a bit more about them than I did before, how to approach them based on their personalities, etc. What a LUCKY break for me!
I also know who is going to be the w**tch instructor and the reason. This little old lady fount of knowledge told me: this particular instructor is too self conscious. She is abrasive and often rude to other instructors. She is tough on us in clinicals because she went straight from school to teaching, and is weak in clinicals herself. She uses inapropriate coping strategies to deal with own insecurities. Talk about getting the dirt! I think this insight will help me if I am assigned to her, because she also told me how to handle her. She gave me a few other invaluable tips as well.