* Medical Microbiology Winter 2006 Club* - page 26

okay, people! who is with me on this one? i am feeling a little nervous about all those slides! i'm looking forward to meeting everyone in this course! i will gather up any useful sites i find in... Read More

  1. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from Nursecadet
    I had my midterm practical tonight, it went pretty well. I am excited about getting my second lecture test back though. I got 104 out of 107!! I am so relieved, I missed a lab class and that takes 10 points off my lab grade so this test will really help me make it up.
    Wow, that's awesome! Our teacher has this method that if you make over 100 the points will be carried over to the next test! I've already got 5 for today's lecture test so I technically only need to get an 85 and still get an A. You all wish me luck, I need it, this stuff is hard!
  2. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    Quote from Nursecadet
    I had my midterm practical tonight, it went pretty well. I am excited about getting my second lecture test back though. I got 104 out of 107!! I am so relieved, I missed a lab class and that takes 10 points off my lab grade so this test will really help me make it up.
    Congratulations! That is fantastic!

    Semisweetchick
  3. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    I'm a little discouraged, verging on panicky, because I'm only pulling a low B in micro, and I really need an A. I don't understand why I'm not "getting" it. Granted, we've only had one test and 3 quizzes so far, out of a total of 4 tests and 7 quizzes. I still have time to pull my grade up.

    My instructor's tests are structured largely in the form of critical thinking questions. In other words, she doesn't say "Name the components of a Gram (-) cell wall," she asks, "If medicine A works by disrupting the transpeptidation process, which of these bacteria will it be most effective against?" and then gives 5 choices of various types of bacteria. These types of questions really require you to know the minute details of micro. (For instance, I missed a question on a quiz because I couldn't remember if human blood is slightly more acidic or more basic. She had only mentioned this in passing in the lecture -- I hadn't even written it down!)

    Do your instructors use this approach to testing, or are they more straightforward? Just curious.

    Thanks for your support!
  4. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    I had our first exam last night. I am pretty disappointed. Because the teacher waited so long for it, there was sooooo much material. The way she words questions is so confusing, too. On our lab test, we all had got an extra 2 points because 2 of the questions were so hard to even understand what she was asking. I think I got a C, so I'm pretty unhappy. I can't wait for this class to be over.
  5. by   moonischasingme1
    I had my second test this morning! I think I did good--most likely an A. I thought it was kind of easier compared to the first exam even though the topics were more complex this time. She wasn't as tricky as I thought she would be--or maybe I was just well prepared so it seemed easy? haha. We'll see!!
  6. by   moonischasingme1
    Quote from semisweetchick
    I'm a little discouraged, verging on panicky, because I'm only pulling a low B in micro, and I really need an A. I don't understand why I'm not "getting" it. Granted, we've only had one test and 3 quizzes so far, out of a total of 4 tests and 7 quizzes. I still have time to pull my grade up.

    My instructor's tests are structured largely in the form of critical thinking questions. In other words, she doesn't say "Name the components of a Gram (-) cell wall," she asks, "If medicine A works by disrupting the transpeptidation process, which of these bacteria will it be most effective against?" and then gives 5 choices of various types of bacteria. These types of questions really require you to know the minute details of micro. (For instance, I missed a question on a quiz because I couldn't remember if human blood is slightly more acidic or more basic. She had only mentioned this in passing in the lecture -- I hadn't even written it down!)

    Do your instructors use this approach to testing, or are they more straightforward? Just curious.

    Thanks for your support!
    Yess! My professor asks questions in the same exact manner! argh.
  7. by   stpauligirl
    Yippeeeeeehhhhh!!!!!!!
    I got another 101% on lecture test 2.
    No doubt it was a hard test, but I knew enough!
  8. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    Quote from stpauligirl
    Yippeeeeeehhhhh!!!!!!!
    I got another 101% on lecture test 2.
    No doubt it was a hard test, but I knew enough!
    CONGRATULATIONS! That's terrific!

    How do you do it? Any special study techniques you use?

    Thanks for sharing -- both the good news and any advice!
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from moonischasingme1
    Yess! My professor asks questions in the same exact manner! argh.
    Yes, it's been like that in all my science classes so far. Start taping the lectures so that you catch these things better I know it's a pain but worth it!!!!!
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from semisweetchick
    CONGRATULATIONS! That's terrific!

    How do you do it? Any special study techniques you use?

    Thanks for sharing -- both the good news and any advice!
    I read my notes everyday. I tape the lectures. I go over the notes right after lecture and organize everything. If something is unclear I find the answers to it in the book, the notes or ask the teacher. I also use the study guides if available. For instance for this particular test I didn't understand something the way the book explained it and how the teacher explained it in class but I found a greatly written paragraph which summarized things in my study guide, a lightbulb went on and it then made sense to me.
    Exposure and repetition is the key to retention for me.
  11. by   Elizabeth Hanes
    Quote from stpauligirl
    I read my notes everyday. I tape the lectures. I go over the notes right after lecture and organize everything. If something is unclear I find the answers to it in the book, the notes or ask the teacher. I also use the study guides if available. For instance for this particular test I didn't understand something the way the book explained it and how the teacher explained it in class but I found a greatly written paragraph which summarized things in my study guide, a lightbulb went on and it then made sense to me.
    Exposure and repetition is the key to retention for me.
    Thanks for sharing. This is very useful.

    I definitely would tape the lectures, except I don't exactly have time to listen to the tapes. I work full-time and am taking 8 credit hours this semester, plus a 45-minute commute (one way), which adds up to very little study time available. If I listened to the tape of the lecture, that would be at least half of my evening study time. (But maybe worth it?)

    I do, however, go over notes the same night as the lecture. And, like you, I clarify anything I don't understand, either by using the book or by e-mailing the instructor. Also, I make a LOT of flashcards, especially for lab, because I can do these during downtimes in the office, on the evening commute (when hubby drives), etc.

    I had been horrified to be pulling a B in that class, but I settled down today when I realized I can get a strong B in there and not hurt my overall GPA. So, that's a relief!

    Still, I want that A, darn it!!!
  12. by   TRINI_RN
    Thanks Stpauligirl and Semisweetchick!!! I studied my arse off for that darn test!!

    Semisweetchick, I tape the lectures because even though my teacher puts our lectures on the web she says a lot of stuff in class that isn't on the web and you better believe she asks that stuff on the tests. I read over my notes a lot and listen to the lectures on my way to and from school. She asks critical thinking questions, but nothing too rough. I'm glad because I have enough critical thinking to deal with in my AP class. LOL
  13. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    Ugh. I got a 74 on my first exam. But the 5 other girls at my table also got Cs so I don't feel so bad. Again, (like in the lab exam), she is going to credit us for several questions that were worded badly, so I may end up closer to a B. *crossing my fingers*

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