i just noticed your thread today even though it is a couple of weeks old. i realize you are very jazzed about starting college, however, i think you have picked a pretty heavy schedule of classes for yourself for a first semester. english 1, which i am going to assume is english composition, is probably a pretty intensive class. back in the day
i was in college english composition it was a critical class that everyone had to take and pass. today, it is a pre-requisite to graduate from most colleges. you can expect to be doing a fair amount of reading and writing of compositions for that class. two other classes, microbiology and developmental psychology of life span are also pretty intensive. both will involve learning a lot of information that you have never had before. that's rough. so, unless you are a really good student with really excellent study habits i am worried that you are going to struggle with learning, studying and understanding this material. developmental psychology, in particular, is going to require a lot of memorization. it is also going to be used later in pediatric and geriatric nursing. your beginning algebra class is going to require a lot of time to do the homework. if you do not keep up with the homework you will fall behind in understanding new concepts that get introduced. math concepts build upon each other and if you fall behind it is nearly impossible to catch up. anatomy is another class of all new information that requires a lot of memorization.
the smart thing to do is take one or two hard classes along with one or two classes you already have a solid background in and you are pretty sure you will do well in. it is never a good idea to take a handful of classes in subjects that are all new to you because you will be bogged down studying all the time. one of the reasons you hear nursing students talk about how hard nursing school is is because everything they are learning is new information they have never studied or been exposed to before. when you are building on information you've had before (as with math) it is different than when you are having to learn all new material that you have never seen before--you have no frame of reference upon which to build with it.
there are weblinks to websites with information on microbiology if you want an idea of what you are going to be learning in that class. see post #45 on this sticky thread: http://allnurses.com/nursing-student...gy-145201.html
- pathophysiology/ a & p/ microbiology/ fluid & electrolyte resources
what i did to test the waters of college classes when i graduated from high school was i signed up for one summer class. it was called world civilizations (same as world history and a required class at the time). boy! was i glad i did. it was a shock to go from high school classes to a college class. i was an a-b high school student. i barely got through that college class, my only class, with a c! it wasn't just memorizing dates and events. this instructor had us labeling maps and explaining why
historical events had occurred. why? we never had to discuss that in high school. welcome to college
i suggest you also look at the information i posted on this thread: STUDY strategies
- study strategies
good luck with your first year.