I've started taking my pre-req's for the nursing program and I know I need to make, and keep, at least a B average. It's not impossible, I'm a good student...here's the problem.
I'm taking Biology and the whole course is just a month long, a chapter a day, with a test at the end of the week. For the first test I failed because I had just received my book and was already 4 chapters behind. (I tried withdrawing from school because I couldn't afford the book. When I went to withdraw, the lady in Fin.Aid said she could probably help me. Class started on Monday, this was Thursday, had to take the test by Saturday.) So I was already behind. Stayed up until about 3am last night to study for test 2, which was over 4 chapters. We cover a chapter a day, with a test at the end of the week. In lab, which I'm doing pretty good in, we cover a chapter a day, and a quiz over that chapter the next day.
After I get the results of this test on Monday, which is actually the mid-term, and after speaking with the Professor about my grades, should I withdraw if it looks like the B is not possible? :imbar
Jun 14, '02
If you can, I would. Part of the problem here is not only would you not be making the grade, I'd have a hard time believing you're retaining much. When you play catch-up like that, there's little to no learning...simply regurgitation.
That's my opinion. Others may feel differently.
Good luck! -Alyssa
Jun 14, '02
originally posted by nursejws
i've started taking my pre-req's for the nursing program and i know i need to make, and keep, at least a b average. it's not impossible, i'm a good student...here's the problem.
i'm taking biology and the whole course is just a month long, a chapter a day, with a test at the end of the week.
after i get the results of this test on monday, which is actually the mid-term, and after speaking with the professor about my grades, should i withdraw if it looks like the b is not possible? :imbar
first i am just not a fan of these really condensed classes. (especially sciences)
i agree with alyssa, if you can't retain most of this, then you may be "behind" in a&p. the snowball effect from there.
if you really need the b, and don't think you'll make it, i would drop. gpa's tend to be so hard to bring up, but seem like they drop very easily.
good luck and keep your eye on the goal, to become a
better to take a little longer than to mess up your gpa.
Jun 14, '02
I also think dropping would be a good idea. You really need to have a solid foundation in your science courses (that why they are pre reqs) and it's hard enough to retain anything in an 18 week course, much less in a condensed class. Good luck!
Jun 14, '02
I'm going to see what my test results are on Monday, and see where I stand at that time. I was talking to my lab instructor today, and she agreed about me dropping as well, BUT waiting until I see what happens on Monday. I really like my lab instructor, I guess we're close in age...we have a great rapport.
My Dad and I had this weird way of thinking...if we're going to be late, we'd rather not go at all. I never knew that about him until 1997, and I was 26y/o! The same applies here in a way.
Thanks for your advice. I'll still be "wandering" the halls here. :chuckle
Jun 18, '02
After sitting up most of the night studying for the biology mid-term...turned out to be a bomb. I got the exam back today and did worse than I expected. After class I approached the Professor and asked if I should drop the class. Professor told me to wait until after the test this week to make my decision.
I came home and called my husband. I do not have the confidence right now to finish the class and not pass with a B. I would rather wait until fall and take the non-condensed version then. I wonder if I have my pre-reqs done by next fall, if I could apply for nursing school? I think the deadline is Jan 31.
I'm trying like crazy to get a job in a hospital...so I can get my foot in the door and get to know the staff. I think my greatest fear is getting a job somewhere where I'm unknown and being picked alive. I don't understand if we're all working for the same goal why the new nurses are on their own, as if they do not feel they could approach the nurse as a mentor? I know the priority is the patient, no question. Are the more experienced nurses intimidated...is it some sort of initiation? Why would we treat our brothers and sisters in nursing like this? Just curious.
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