Class w/the lowest work load

  1. I'm planning my schedule for next semester, and I have to take 5 classes. I've picked four classes already. These are College Algebra, Microbiology, English 101 and Art Appreciation. For my fifth class, I need the one with the least amount of work possible - so I don't lose my mind. Which of the following looks like it is the lightest?

    Human Development
    Nutrition
    Psych 101
    Statistics
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   NurseyBaby'05
    It really depends on your instructor. Some classes I thought were going to be a bear wound up being great. The ones I thought would be a walk in the park/fluff sometimes wound being up the most work. I would take the one you have an outside interest in so that if it winds up being more work than you expect, at least it will be enjoyable.
  4. by   Imafloat
    It is hard to give you any guidance because the difficulty level of classes varies from faculty to faculty. If you are a logical thinker, Stats would be easiest. If you aren't, I would suggest either human development or nutrition.
  5. by   NurseyBaby'05
    Aonther thing to remember is that just because a the content appears it will be easy does not mean it will not be time consuming. I always had the knack for English and other liberal arts, but I would up CLEPping out of them because I had no desire to spend a lot of time writing papers.
  6. by   Multicollinearity
    The responses so far are interesting, because I thought Psych 101 would be the easiest. I may get a textbook and syllabus from another student who has taken Pysch 101 and try to CLEP that one another semester.
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Psy 101, and you can take it self paced (east campus).

    Way easy!

    In fact, I took it and was able to take my notes into the testing center. It really encourages you to take good notes!
  8. by   nUsingsTudent021
    I believe that it totally depends on the instructor. I suggest going to rate my professor.com to look at the comments other students at your school have made about the instructors to get some ideas about the work load. During my first semester in the nursing program I needed a couple additional classes to be considered full time. I went to that web site and found a comment about an instructor who made his test from the questions given for homework. The great part was that he allowed you to transfer your answers from the homework to the test and turn the homework in on the day of the test. The funny part was that some people didn't do the homework or forgot to bring it to class the day of the class. It was an easy "A" as long as you did the homework, which wasn't that time consuming. I didn't have to study or memorize anything, giving me more time to study for my nursing class. Do be careful, just because a professor is rated "red hot" doesn't necessarily mean he/she is a good one. Read the comments to figure out why someone rated them red hot. This suggestion comes from personal experience. I hope this info helps.

    Good Luck!
  9. by   MBARNBSN
    Watch out for Nutrition!! Nutrition is not a "light load" if the course you take requires prior biology and chemistry courses and is not freshman level. The course I am taking requires me to study the same way I studied in A&P.

    On the other hand, I know people who took an EASIER nutrition course that had no pre-requisites. Plus, as someone else posted, pay attention to your professor because that can make a difference too. Good luck.
  10. by   Multicollinearity
    So true. I always go to ratemyprofessor.com. It has been remarkably accurate so far. I know that this class load will vary based upon the instructor and program - but still. If I had said should I add A&P to this as my fifth class, everyone would have shouted NO! So there is some commonality to balancing all this. I'm starting to think Psy 101 is the class to add as my fifth class. I forgot that I'll need it as a pre-req for Statistics.

    So now I'd love to hear about how much people had to study for psych...!
  11. by   NaomieRN
    I would pick psy 101 would be the easier regardless of what instructor you have. The information is easy to understand, you basically have to memorize for that class. Good luck to you.
  12. by   BeccaznRN
    I would go with psych or human development.....anything not science or math is a pretty good bet (and I would consider nutrition a science course).

    Psych and human development were soooo easy for me. I got As in both with very minimal studying.
  13. by   Multicollinearity
    I'm wondering if it would help with Psych 101 that I've already taken A&P. So the structure and function of the nervous system and endocrine system - I already know. I also know ALL about the various personality disorders, mood disorders, etc. I can site Maslow's hierarchy up and down. I've read at length about the id and the ego, super-ego, etc. I've read Jung and James and Freud, just for personal interest. Is this alot of Psych 101? I am wondering if I think I know more than I actually do about psych 101?
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Nov 16, '06
  14. by   MBARNBSN
    Quote from multicollinarity
    I'm wondering if it would help with Psych 101 that I've already taken A&P. So the structure and function of the nervous system and endocrine system - I already know. I also know ALL about the various personality disorders, mood disorders, etc. I can site Maslow's hierarchy up and down. I've read at length about the id and the ego, super-ego, etc. I've read Jung and James and Freud, just for personal interest. Is this alot of Psych 101? I am wondering if I think I know more than I actually do about psych 101?
    A&P helped me with Psych 101. Part of my psych textbook went over A&P!! As for Maslow and others, you will go over their theories as well.

    There is a lot to learn but if you are already familiar (as I was before I took the course), then this will be an easy "A" with lot of work attached. My course required a lot of reading, writing, and critical thinking. I took it during the summer and I LOVED every minute!! You sound like you will enjoy it too!

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