I am currently in my first semester of nursing school. Some of my prereqs were taken over the summer. Right now I am taking the following courses:
- Anatomy & Physiology II
- Organic & Biological Chemistry
- Nursing 129 (Professional Socialization: Education for professional Nursing Practice.)
So far I have an A in A&PII, Chem
, and Nutrition
As for Nursing129
, I think I failed the first exam and I don't see how on earth I can pass future exams in this class because of the professor....
This is the first nursing course of the program. It is on the history of nursing, social issues, etc. Sounds easy right? Well the professor is making this class a COMPLETE NIGHTMARE. It is unbelievable how ridiculous this professors teaching methods are. During the first 3 classes, this professor literally spoke about herself and her accomplishments in nursing- nothing, absolutely NOTHING relating to the course material or chapters in the book.
The first test was on 4 chapters of the textbook. Come the class before exam 1, all the students were asking what material would be on exam one and what we should focus on because there was an immense amount of material. The professor gave NO INSIGHT as to what we should focus on. She just said we just have to read all 4 chapters and be prepared. Come the test- there were only 15 multiple choice questions ALL ON ONLY 1 OF THE 4 CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK.
How am I supposed to focus on every minute detail of 1 chapter while she said the first exam was on 4 chapters (VERY LONG AND DETAILED CHAPTERS!!!!!)
To make matters worse, Exam 2 is on 12 chapters...... and yes that is TWELVE chapters. Everyone thought she was joking when she said that but she wasn't. Each chapter takes literally an hour to read. I don't see how I am going to pass this woman's class, especially with having to focus on my other 3 classes. The entire class met outside after the test and everyone was furious about the situation so I'm glad it's not just me.
I contacted this professor to make an appointment to meet with her to see how on EARTH I can get through this class with a C+ or above.
It just really angers me because I KNOW THE MATERIAL!!!! And I feel like this professor is:
A) screwing up my GPA, and
B)Wasting thousands of my dollars if this class is not passed with a C+ just because her teaching methods are absolutely terrible.
I KNOW the material, but she REFUSED to give the class ANY insight on what to focus on. It was like she didn't want us to do well......
I thought this class would be the easiest of the 3..... Boy was I wrong. If I don't pass this class with a C+ or above, I will:
- Not be allowed to take any summer courses in 2013.
- Not be able to take the classes I need to next semester since this is a prereq.
- Have to take this class again which will be a total waste of my time and money that I DO NOT HAVE.
Any advice???? I already have my bachelors in another field, and in my past 4 years of college I have NEVER EXPERIENCED such a horrible professor. Is this common in nursing professors????? I hope this is just ONE bad apple out of many.... because if my future nursing professors are like this I may as well drop out of the program now and save thousands and thousands of dollars.
Thanks for any advice.
Oct 15, '12
I detest when professors in any course waste class hours with tons of impertinent BS. I have seen this before. They bloviate for x amount of classes, and then they do the panic squeeze as they get near the end of the term, b/c they know they are supposed to at least touch upon certain things--and they didn't effectively pace the curriculum. So, yea. That's bad teaching. They need to stay on point. Some diversions can be tangentially worked into the lectures, but the prof should be careful with this and respect the students' time. This is how I teach. I am folksy and share some things if they can carry into the lectures, but it's unfair and false representation, in my view, when profs go way off target and/or don't cover the material that was supposed to be carefully developed and hit upon as noted in the objectives in the course outlines. I also hate a lack of clear rubrics as well. People are paying a good deal of money to be there; don't waste their time. It's disrespectful and quite frankly a rip-off.
Most of my professors at any college or university I've attended test a good piece on what they presented in lecture. No doubt you have to cover things in more depth on your own, and then you have to sweep review.
But regarding the haphazard teaching, well, it just goes to show that you can get a degree, but it doesn't mean you can teach and teach well. Yes, adult learners have to learn a lot on their own; but the professors set the parameters and the tone.
Nah, she's not going to focus on every minute detail; b/c it's impractical. That's why you have to do a clear and concise overview, and note where the focus will be from her lectures and syllabus. What does the syllabus say?
Job one in academic success is familiarizing yourself with the complete syllabus and any course material and information specific to the course that goes with it. If you are in a university, the college of nursing within the university develops and vets the material, and all syllabi have to be pre-submitted with a full plan and rubrics.
Overview/outline each chapter. Outline objectives for each subdivision in syllabus and course material. Review these thoroughly, and then study for your own self-edification. That's what I did with great success.
It's also better to ask the professor questions of a specific nature, rather than asking them to tell you what's going to be on the test. They figure if you have read the material and are seeing that you are meeting the objectives and comprehend them, then you are generally aware. In general, they will usually only take specific questions.
If the professor focuses on particular things, take special note of it; it's likely to be covered. The reason I said to do a general overview is b/c you don't know what will be covered specifically in terms of all the test questions. *They can only make the test so long. I've been interested in certain things, and focused on those things more, and low and behold, they were barely covered or not even mentioned on exams. So, I learned to overview and outline as comprehensively as possible, and then I focus on what interests me. That way I can kill the exam, and then actually learn. *Note, studying for the test is only part of learning. I have a different philosophical view on what real learning actually is compared with other people, so. . .
Also, if they have given you specific assignments or projects that address particulars on the objectives, go over them.
They have certain expectations and so do you. This is why clear objectives and specific rubrics are important. You have to converge with them where they meet as well as where they make the most sense for you. But never blow off the syllabus. Sometimes professors will dance around what's in them, but at the best schools, IMHO, they generally don't, and the professors are expected to guide the students properly through meeting them. But only YOU can determine if you are getting them--or understanding them. So the bulk of the work in that regard is on you. Most professors aren't going to lose sleep on whether a student is "getting" the objectives or not. If you don't feel you are, after putting in the work, you have to make an appoint with the prof. or go to office hours.
Last edit by samadams8 on Oct 15, '12