[QUOTE=shibaowner;9587503]It is upsetting to do poorly on a quiz or test. Give yourself a little time to cry or vent.
Second, after that, focus on achieving your objective. Talk to your instructors. Get mad! Tell yourself you are not going to let A&P beat you!
Now, reading your post, there are some concerns. You say A&P is your first actual science course? Biology is a prereq for A&P. And if you want to be a nurse, you must enjoy science and find it interesting.
You admit you have poor study habits - procrastination and not focusing on your studies. You must address this issue and learn good study skills.
Many people have to take A&P, Chem, Micro more than once. I did. I have a friend who is a scientist and she had to take Calculus 7 times! She went to on to go to the best schools and have a very distinguished career.
And here is some tough talk: if you don't like science, you will not make it as a nurse. Perhaps you need to re evaluate your career plans.[/
I have to respectfully disagree with this last thought. I've always hated science with a passion, ALWAYS
. Still do. Yet I've been in nursing over 30 years now, with my most recent attempt at A&P being in November 2009 during my ASN pursuit.
One does not have to like something to "make it". However, at some point, the OP will have to find a way to understand and deal with the major factors of nursing. As one of my Algebra professors once stated (yes, I dropped that course several times, too), "sometimes, it's not yet your moment in time".
When it finally was the 'right time', I passed both courses with a B at the age of 40++++. How I managed to pass it during my LPN program way back when (1980s), I'll never know. Younger brain cells, I guess...or maybe even a few lucky guesses. I do credit my finally passing that course in '09 to years of exposure to disease processes, lab results, etc., as a med/surg LPN.
One thing that I have not read from the OP or any of the members so far is the suggestion that the more difficult classes be taken by themselves (or paired with one other 'student-friendly' course for the purpose of financial aid), unless I missed that point in the initial thread. One poster did mention a two-course load, which I agree is the best bet.
Trying to take four other courses with A&P and passing them all is not an easy feat to accomplish. If it's not too late to drop the course, that is my suggestion; and then pick it up later with a much lighter load. If it is too late to drop, just do the best you can without stressing too much, realizing that you always have the option to repeat the course.
By the way, I did not have to take biology as a prerequisite to my A&P course, either. Had I taken it, it could have gone one of two ways: made A&P easier to get through; or added to my academic agony since I struggled with that and chemistry in high school. I am just not a science person. Like the OP, I, too, am a hands-on learner. Unfortunately, you have to get through a "book stuff" at least once before being allowed to get in on the all that action known as nursing.
OP, if you want to forego the reading and studying and reading and reading and reading, you are definitely pursuing the wrong career. How do you plan to educate your patients on health maintenance? You won't be able to present to them that which you have no knowledge of. What's gospel in nursing today will most likely be gossip in nursing tomorrow. Healthcare evolves as quickly as diseases mutate. You have to read and research in order to remain current in the care and education that you'll deliver.
Now, I have to say that I don't think your issue is a science issue. You stated that your mind wanders in all
of your classes. So it may be that you are not yet ready for college. And this 4-year, self-imposed graduation deadline when you're not even mentally prepared for 4 months of studying, is not going to happen without some major revamping
Maybe it's time to sit down and have a conversation with your family, given the fact that you are really concerned about their thoughts regarding your decisions. To me, it seems more like you are trying to fulfill their goals and deadlines for your life.
Search this forum and you will read many stories from students who completely blew their first experience with college (funding, GPA, time, etc.) because they were not ready to take 'this whole college thing' seriously; it was being attempted for other reasons and not necessarily the right ones (the infamous college parties, expectations of others, desires to be out on ones own, etc.). Four years, or longer, is a long time to be doing something that you cannot even pretend to want to do.