A&P 1 Fall '06 Club! - page 10

Just wanted to start a "club" for those of us who are taking A&P 1 this fall. My class is 16 weeks. I have lecture on M/W/F for one hour each day and lab on Tues for 3 hrs. My teacher... Read More

  1. by   starzzmom
    Quote from matsgrl
    Starzzmom, can u switch to another instructor?
    I work full time and have two kids under the age of 3...the Saturday class is too convenient to switch...I am just finding I have to basically teach myself and then have to figure out some crazy non-logic regarding test and quiz questions.

    I do, however, think the instructor got a wake-up call because of all the poor grades. That has to reflect badly on his teaching. He does not teach, though. Like one of the above posters commented...this teacher hands out a rough outline and proceeds to lecture directly from the book. He does periodically state things that will probably be on the test so it is certainly worth showing up to class, but it is a far cry from classes I have had in the past where you were expected to read the material and the lecture would supplement and enhance the books material.

    I am on track to make an A still...and I feel like I know the material. I should have made a 98 on the test, though. I would be ok with missing a question if I did not study that particular material covered by the question, but I object to missing 4 questions on a diagram that was a minor minor minor part of one chapter. Most of the diagrams are outlining the major theme of the chapter and are very helpful. The diagrams in the current chapter of the osteons and cross sections of bone tissue showing the perichondrium, compact bone, spongy bone, the lucanae..etc. I would EXPECT to have to know something like that. Grrr. To pick such an esoteric diagram and make it worth 13% of the test is maddening.
  2. by   Cherish
    Thanks for the histology website. I have a test on tissues next weekend so this will help ALOT!!! Especially since we are doing a lab practical for that test. Also that nmenonic (sp?) site is awesome had to add it to my favorites. I had a question for everyone anyone think of buying a palm pilot to help you out? I know of a few nursing students that have one and say its a god send. Wonder if I should buy it now or wait till later?
  3. by   MB37
    I'd wait on a palm pilot until you get into school, then see if they require or recommend any one in particular. Then again, I'm not the most tech savvy person out there. Starzzmom, you're right, hopefully you professor will realize his job isn't to fail as many people as possible (or to pass as many, either) but to TEACH as many students as he can. I think the non-teaching prof is common for this class though. All of my lectures are online, so I can stop, rewind, etc. That would be great if they were worthwhile, but it appears that my prof has his grad students take notes on the chapters for him and type them up in powerpoint form. He then recorded himself reading the notes aloud to us. He even includes the misspellings and grammatical errors without correcting them, even one on the symbol for an element. He has yet to go into any detail on anything, or given even one non-book example. The fun part is comparing my book notes to my "lecture" notes and fixing the errors between what he told us and what the book says is right. Maybe chem and micro aren't his strong suits, and he'll get better once we get to real A&P, but I'm not too optimistic. Upshot is, I've heard he's easy. He told us exactly what to study for tomorrow's test, so it might just be true! On the other hand, I actually want to learn the material. Oh well. Three more years until my degree...three more years...
  4. by   smattles1of2
    Your professor sounds like a doofus! Mine isn't all that great either. He just stands there and reads notes. I could get up there and do that. He can't answer any question correctly. He just stands there and says "I...don't....know...."

    My husband helped me remember all those body landmarks. He said "if you get hit in the back of your head, you'll have to go to the *hospital*"

    And "hospital" sounds like occipital. Well, at least for me it does! haha
  5. by   catzy5
    Quote from CuriousMe
    So, I'm new to the game....my school is on terms not semesters. Our Fall term starts a week from Monday (9/25).

    I got my books last week and since I"m a geek and terrified of falling behind, I've already started studying (as many of you do, I work ft and go to school ft). Obviously, since I don't have a syllabus yet, I'm winging it. I've been working on the names of the regions of the body and now I'm moving on to tissue types. What did you guys start with....any recommendations on what I should bone up on?

    Peace,
    Cathie
    Hi Cathie welcome to the board, I had to laugh because you sound just like me! I also study ahead before the class starts, its not being paranoid though its a good idea in my opinion. I also study ahead for my classes I read the chapter take notes and try to have a good understanding before even hearing the lecture and i even do homework if I know of any, answering questions in the back and checking out publication websites that go along with text. So far its worked for me and I have gotten A's so hey nerdy it might be but it works lol.

    I have taken 2 AP type classes both have started off with organization of teh body. We pretty much follow the Body systems in order from smallest (cellular) to larges. We are right now on DNA and cell structure, my class seems to be set up a little different though in that our lab covers some things like we are doing tissue and Bone practicals in lab so we won't go over the integumentary and bones in lecture.

    Good luck on your course I have gotten some GREAT links here already. Really helps!

    catherine.
  6. by   miss_smartie
    I'm totally coming in late to this---but I'm an A & P student too!

    My lecture/lab teacher is really wonderful-- one quiz every monday, 4 tests, and a comprehensive final, but lots of extra credit, and she drops multiple quizzes depending on how many we take over the semester.

    Good luck to everyone!
  7. by   2bnurseforce1
    Hi, I live in the virginia are and I am currently taking A&P at the norfolk campus I have dr. Sussman. May I ask who you are taking it sounds wonderful? Also at Norfolk campus they don't drop any lowest grades and no curving.
  8. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from catzy5
    Hi Cathie welcome to the board, I had to laugh because you sound just like me! I also study ahead before the class starts, its not being paranoid though its a good idea in my opinion. I also study ahead for my classes I read the chapter take notes and try to have a good understanding before even hearing the lecture and i even do homework if I know of any, answering questions in the back and checking out publication websites that go along with text. So far its worked for me and I have gotten A's so hey nerdy it might be but it works lol.

    I have taken 2 AP type classes both have started off with organization of teh body. We pretty much follow the Body systems in order from smallest (cellular) to larges. We are right now on DNA and cell structure, my class seems to be set up a little different though in that our lab covers some things like we are doing tissue and Bone practicals in lab so we won't go over the integumentary and bones in lecture.

    Good luck on your course I have gotten some GREAT links here already. Really helps!

    catherine.
    Thanks for the reply Catherine (with the spelling of my name, you'd think I was a Catherine as well, but I'm not, I'm a Cathleen....just decided to spell my nickname differently from anyone else I knew while I was in Jr. High and it stuck ) anyway, I do the same as you once school starts. Since I'm one of the "old ladies" in my study group, I explain that I gave nearly everything to go back to school....I've restructured my entire life.....it's inconceivable that I won't get A's....I'll just keep working until I do.

    So far it's worked for me as well, I haven't taken any A&P classes yet, but it brought be through chem and cellular biology with A's

    Thanks again for the replay and the hints on what direction to go next....good luck on your classes as well

    Peace,
    Cathie
  9. by   MB37
    Yay technology! We take our exams in the computer lab and for the multiple choice portion the computer scores it for us immediately. So, I already know I got an A on that part of my first exam. I missed 3 questions, don't know which ones yet though. There were 5/50 I wasn't sure of, and some were very odd questions - there were a couple of typos, for example. Would someone tell me if I'm stupid? Isn't hydrolysis a type of decomposition reaction where water is added? Something like

    ABCD + H2O >> H-AB + CD-OH

    This wasn't an answer on our exam. He offered two choices with synthesis (combining two molecules with addition/removal of water) and then he typed the same choice for both b and d: Breaking apart a molecule through the removal of a water molecule. I raised my hand and asked, buthe refused to answer any questions about the test questions during the exam. If I'm having a serious brain fart, someone please let me know. Thanks!
  10. by   smattles1of2
    Yeah, your equation is right. I wonder what the correct answer is then??
  11. by   lma82
    Hi Everyone

    Can I join this club? I am taking A&P I on Tues/Thurs Evenings. My teacher is awesome and so helpful! Right now we are doing the chemistry part. I am HORRIBLE at chemistry.

    Good luck to everyone!
  12. by   MB37
    Thanks, smattles. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going crazy. He had the same wrong answer for choices b and d, so I am assuming one of them was a typo. I raised my hand and asked him about it, but he wouldn't really look at what I was pointing at, just said "just pick the BEST answer, blah, blah, blah..." and then told the whole class not to ask about any specific test questions. I got an A, so I shouldn't even complain, but I would still like to know what I missed in case he reuses questions on the final. I'll wait until the other section takes theirs, maybe he'll clarify a few questions/post the right answers after that.
  13. by   smattles1of2
    Congrats on your A!

    I know what you mean about frustrating teachers. In micro my teacher was awesome, but if you asked about a test question he would make you feel dumb. He had one question graded wrong, so someone asked about it adn he wouldn't even look at the test! But she said he later went back and gave her the points. But what about everyone else? He didn't make a class announcement or anything. I got it wrong, so it didn't affect me!

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