Quote from df77
Thanks. I went with the in person class and lab. I need some guidance to get the cob webs out of my brain before I tackle this kind of material on my own. I may try Micro online in spring or next fall. Any thoughts or experience with Micro online? Thanks again!
I'm not sure if you ever came to a decision yet on your micro class (Online Vs. Classroom). I took most of my pre-req's and did my nursing degree at CPCC. I took my A&P class in class, and I think that they are best in person. My instructor was an odd guy, but he did a great job at teaching the material.
As for my Micro, I took it online. Even if you do the class online, you still have to do the lab in person (usually one or two meetings a week). I actually liked this class online. The instructor is great, she basically posts a transcript of her lecture online for you to print out. I've been told that its almost exactly what she says in class, but she doesn't always post it for them to print (so she kinda writes notes for you to study with). The posted lecture is pretty much the only thing you need for the class (and your lab book). The textbook she picked for the class is really cheap (about $15 at barnes and nobles), and you don't need it. EVERYTHING on the test is in her posted lecture. Nothing more, and nothing less.
I studied by printing her lecture, reading through it and highlighting key concepts. Then I reread the lecture, and took notes in my notebook as if I were taking the notes in class (I use an Outline setup with subheadings and bullets). I then went back through those notes and simplified them by remaking my notes on index cards with the key information. By that time, since i had read and wrote most of the lecture material a couple times, I had most of it in my brain. Then I just had to use the index cards to study a little more (like flash cards) until the test. There was usually about 3 weeks worth of material on each test. I normally went to the library for a few hours, a couple days before the test, and went through my process of writing the notes and index cards.
Some of the concepts regarding the composition of cell walls are easier to understand by pictures, so the textbook may help with that, but so did google image search.
My opinion, I think I would've had a harder time doing the classroom. You were given the exact same information, nothing more or less, and I didn't have to waste my time in a classroom. Hope my long post helps you come to a decision.