Right now, I'm really not liking this!

  1. OK, just let me start by saying....I think pre reqs are nuts.
    I have been doing my pre reqs for Excelsior.....doing just fine...now I have stumbled and fallen twice with A&P....the one I thought I would have the least trouble with...is turning out to be my worst nightmare.....I feel like crying....actually I already did that.....I feel like quitting....haven't done that YET!....if anyone has even one shred of encouragement....or words of wisdom....please.....tell me.....Sometimes I just feel so stupid!! and then I wonder....what WAS I thinking when I started this??
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Gator,SN
    Aww, I'm sorry that you are having a hard time, but believe in yourself! You are not stupid! You can do this! A&P is a hard class and the material is endless! Keep your chin up and you'll get through it! You can't quit. You will always wander what would have happened if you'd finished.
    Best to you!!!!!!!! Gator
  4. by   wv_nurse 2003
    One day at a time, and believe you can. A&P is overwelming, but one thing , one system, heck one cell at a time!

    Good luck!
  5. by   kavi
    As someone who has been driven insane by A & P this winter---I feel your pain. I've finally put it aside for a while and am focusing on other classes. You can always go back to it. Unless it's the only pre-req you have left.

    It is a tough tough course. Everyone says so. It helped me alot to use the coloring books. But I still don't feel confident enough to take the test. I go to online sites and test myself and seem to get about 70% to 80%. I don't want to pay for a test until I can increase my average.

    Anyway, the one system at a time thing has helped. Mnemonics has helped. And like I say, the coloring books somehow help keep it together and stuck in my mind.

    Don't give up. Let's encourage each other....

    kavi
  6. by   gwenith
    All the above are good but try concept mapping as well. That is where you start with a core concept i.e. - lungs exchange gases and one line away will be movement of gas? - through nose - trachea- bronchi - bronchioles- alveloli etc until you have MAPPED the essential information then go back and fill in the details i.e. nos - warms and humidifies you can even "play" with this by adding nose - "essential sniffer" or "without you our tasebuds would be so much less" humour DOES help. This process not only assists with memory but because it formulates the relationships it help with understanding the interdependance of the systems.
  7. by   AmyLiz
    Have you tried to find a tutor? A lot of schools have students (both undergrad & graduate) who will be willing to help tutor people on the side for a little $$. Might be worth calling around.

    Good luck!
  8. by   back2school
    Now you've scared me! I'm supposed to take this test this month. It really is a huge amount of information and it doesn't seem like the content guide narrows it down much. You have to know every chapter. At least when I took courses in college, the professors narrowed down the material and even skipped some chapters.

    I wish I had some good advice for you. I've read my textbook and taken notes. Now I'm studying my notes and taking practice tests online and at the end of the textbook chapters. I'll have to let you know how it goes in a few weeks.

    Good Luck!
    Toni
  9. by   Roozeyk
    oh no ! I didn't mean to scare you......you may breeze right through it and do just fine.....I think I had myself so psyched out b/c I didn't pass it the last time, that I had test anxiety this time until my brain just froze up....I think I am going to put it aside for awhile and move on to the next course, and come back to this one later.....I wish you all the luck in the world on your exam...and to everyone taking this route to an RN degree!!
  10. by   opalmRN
    Originally posted by back2school
    It really is a huge amount of information and it doesn't seem like the content guide narrows it down much.
    Hi Toni
    I agree, A & P is an incredible amount of information and a short period of time to learn it. I am taking A & P II and have 5 weeks left before the finals. I have to say I like I a lot better as it seemed to me that there was more concrete material with that class. IE: learning the bones, muscles etc. I have not done as well in this class as I did in A&P I but unless I totally bomb the finals I will pass. I wish A & P was designed according to the profession and not one class fits all. A good majority of this class I will not remember because it is not information that I will use everyday. Such is the nature of the beast.

    As for study techniques, are you taking this class through Excelsior? Do they provide a study web site? I am taking my class through a traditional college with a twist. The lecture, and I use that term loosly as there is no actual lecture it is completely self taught, is online. The lab meets on Saturday mornings at the campus. That too, to my surprise is also self directed. The class is not at all what my previous online courses have been but it's too late to turn back now. I write note cards. This seems to be the best for me. I also use the CD that came with our text although it is not very broad and much of the material isn't covered. I am attaching some web sites you may find helpful.

    Good luck. This is not an easy subject for me but I will survive and I believe you will too.

    BTW, where in PA do you live? I am in southeast.

    A & P interactive website
    http://www.innerbody.com/
    MHHE Anatomy & Physiology Supersite
    http://www.mhhe.com/catalogs/sem/ap/

    PT Central - Complete Muscle Tables for the Human Body
    http://www.ptcentral.com/muscles/

    Medical Terminology: An Anatomy and Physiology Systems Approach
    http://cwx.prenhall.com/bookbind/pubbooks/fremgen4/

    Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body
    http://www.bartleby.com/107/

    Master Muscle List Home Page
    http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/me...r/mml/index.htm

    Skeletal System
    http://www.bio.psu.edu/faculty/stra...el/skeletal.htm
    C
  11. by   Roozeyk
    Hey Everybody! Thanks for all the tips, advice and encouragment, I really do appreciate it. Even though I have been in the medical field for 25 years.....it's amazing how little I seem to know now.....ha ha. ?
  12. by   Spazzy Nurse
    The EC Anatomy/Physiology (excuse me, I mean the Physiology/Physiology) exam was TOUGH. Very tough. To this day I am amazed I passed it and it was 6 months ago.

    I was told (after I tested of course) by several people to use the Cliff's Notes as a study tool. I had told this to a friend of mine who just took it on Mon. and somehow (she's amazing) the girl got an 'A'. She said the Cliff's Notes are essential, that she's so glad she used them. Maybe try those?

    Hang in there!!! Stuff gets more interesting once you're done with all of the crud!
  13. by   Roozeyk
    I saw the Cliff Notes things one day and thought hhhmmm...so, I may have to check those out again. I got the book A&P Made Incredibly Easy from the library, studied and read the whole book...used my work book, used my text.....I think I really need to find a way to get in more quality study time, so I can really focus on things, but working 45-47 hours a week can really drain you of what study energy you have left.
  14. by   Spazzy Nurse
    How many tests have you taken? Maybe you just haven't found the right way to study yet--- the way that works the best for YOU. I know, it's SO hard doing this program and working full time. I did it working FT and a kiddo (I got pregnant 1 month after starting the program and he turned 2 when I finished it). It's HARD.

    It sounds awful, but in order to make it through this thing, sometimes people just have to put other things on the back burner, especially during CPNE prep. I felt SO guilty booting the hubby and little guy out a couple of weekends, but I studied non stop and got a hell of a lot done. One day I looked at the clock after studying all day long and it was almost 4am. I was in a zone! But that is what I had to do. Maybe you will have to too. Not for all courses, but if you need to for a couple, don't feel guilty. Lots of people cut their work hours while they're in the program, or at least while they're preparing for the CPNE.

    It sounds like you have been working hard at trying to pass this, and you WILL. Honestly!

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