Fall 2012 Microbiology Students -- STAND UP! - page 6

Since we had these threads when I was in A&P I and II, and I thought I'd start one for Microbiology. Anybody else delving into the world of bacteria and viruses this fall? Let's start a support... Read More

  1. Visit  Kimynurse profile page
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    I started yesterday

    So how is it going?
    Any tips?

    Good luck
  2. Visit  KristinaT profile page
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    I had my first lab quiz last week. It was a cinch, 10/10 and I was feeling good.

    But then I had my first lecture quiz today........

    ....and I got a 65%!!! I can't believe it! I am so mad....I do not get grades like that! The good thing is that he drops one quiz but I wanted to save that in case something came up that is unexpected. This is a definite reality check and now I've realized that my current study efforts are not going to be good enough and I need to step it up a couple of notches.

    ::walks away and cracks open book::
  3. Visit  Blue Felt Fedora profile page
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    I'm loving lab so far. The hands-on stuff is fascinating. My only complaint is my chair is so low, some days I may as well sit on the floor.

    As for lecture, I'm still trying to find my sea legs. I don't have my study system figured out yet, and it's making me crazy. First test is Tuesday. I've got to get this studying thing figured out!
  4. Visit  jachfletch profile page
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    So your post sounds a lot like my professor! My first lecture test tomorrow. He is supposed to be one of the hardest Micro teachers at my school. So far I like him. He seems like he knows his stuff and he covers a lot in the online lectures (I am taking a hybrid course. Half online, half in the lab) Luckily he drops our lowest grade also. I usually do poorly on the first test because I am not sure of the professors preferred testing method. Then I pick up on their "cues" abd do well afterwards. Well good luck on the rest!
  5. Visit  sapadgett profile page
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    Really liking this class! We did our first real labs yesterday...aseptic transfers and streak plates using E. coli. I guess I'll find out Monday if I was successful or not! Lol
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  6. Visit  i♥words profile page
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    Quote from Ladylynn6
    I'm loving lab so far. The hands-on stuff is fascinating. My only complaint is my chair is so low, some days I may as well sit on the floor.

    As for lecture, I'm still trying to find my sea legs. I don't have my study system figured out yet, and it's making me crazy. First test is Tuesday. I've got to get this studying thing figured out!
    My first test is coming up and I haven't really figured out a good way to study. I'm thinking I need to break out the flashcards for most of these bacteria. I used flashcards in A&P maybe once and didn't care for them, but for micro they might help! Good luck on your test!
  7. Visit  Limik profile page
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    So we had our first hands on lab yesterday and I have to say I am feeling a little discouraged! We did aseptic transfers and streak plates of several different bacterias and I feel as though I may have messed up on my technique for my last streak plate. We get points for if our samples colonize or not so I won't know until our next lab next week whether I was successful or not. I enjoyed the process of learning about how to do everything and looking at slides through the microscope, but I can't shake the feeling of failure for not doing as well as I would have liked. I am still really enjoying the class, just hoping I did better than I think I did!
  8. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    Quote from sapadgett
    Really liking this class! We did our first real labs yesterday...aseptic transfers and streak plates using E. coli. I guess I'll find out Monday if I was successful or not! Lol
    We did the same thing in lab yesterday. Won't know until Monday how well my streak plates came out. We had to transfer from a broth with 2 bacteria mixed together, so when we sample our plates on Monday, we can see how well we isolated our colonies. One of the bacterium was S. marsecens so it'll appear red in contrast to the E. coli. We'll definitely be able to tell with the naked eye if our streak techniques were good.

    I *LOVE* lab!!! I wish we could have it every day. It's so much fun
  9. Visit  Blue Felt Fedora profile page
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    We did aseptic transfer and spread plates on Tuesday. My group's transfers were perfect, my partner's spread plate was great, and mine had a hole in the middle. In my defense, we were pretty rushed when we did it (four transfers and two spread plates in 10 minutes!) and my instructor wasn't too concerned. He assured us we'd have more opportunities to practice, and said we need to know the procedure but would not be tested on actual spread plates. Yay!

    Today we did capsule and simple staining. Initially my partner and I were concerned our slides wouldn't be viewable, but they all ended up wonderfully. It was exciting to see our results under the microscope.

    Yup, still loving lab.

    @wordsofmymouth: Thanks for the good wishes! My study partner and I are meeting up one day for extra studying, so I'm ever-hopeful. Good luck with your test!

    Continued wishes of good luck to everybody in micro. We can do this!
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  10. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    Ladylynn6,

    Glad you are enjoying it! Staining is fun because you get to see something immediately under the scope. We've got a quiz on Tuesday and our lab journals are due on Wed.

    Have a great weekend!
  11. Visit  melc0305 profile page
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    Am I the only one hating this class? So much information and so far it is a lot of chemistry and cellular biology. Way over my head Lab is not taught by the lecture professor so there is not much correlation between the two. The lab is interesting but very disorganized. Just not feeling this class. And of course that leads to the inevitable "I'm too stupid to be a nurse" thoughts!
  12. Visit  CordaeP profile page
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    Quote from melc0305
    Am I the only one hating this class? So much information and so far it is a lot of chemistry and cellular biology. Way over my head Lab is not taught by the lecture professor so there is not much correlation between the two. The lab is interesting but very disorganized. Just not feeling this class. And of course that leads to the inevitable "I'm too stupid to be a nurse" thoughts!
    I actually like the lecture part. She do powerpoints but she also review the previous class material. She gives quizzes over each chapter. At first I was like damn she do quizes; however, it helps me to study as I go. I usually have a habit of study everything at one time before a test. I feel like I am half way prepared for next week's test already. Now lab I do not like at all. You are really on your own in lab.
  13. Visit  Blue Felt Fedora profile page
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    Quote from melc0305
    Am I the only one hating this class? So much information and so far it is a lot of chemistry and cellular biology. Way over my head Lab is not taught by the lecture professor so there is not much correlation between the two. The lab is interesting but very disorganized. Just not feeling this class. And of course that leads to the inevitable "I'm too stupid to be a nurse" thoughts!
    I don't hate the class, but you're right, it's A LOT of information. Luckily, my Lecture and Lab professor are the same person, so that probably helps me out.

    We had our first test today, and although I got an A, I'm still disappointed in my performance. However, I went in to that test this morning not feeling at all prepared. I think I have a better handle on how to study for the next test, but of course, time will tell.

    Keep at it, though. Maybe it will get more interesting as you get further in. I find that the more I can relate things I learn in class to what's going on around me, the more excited I become. Maybe that's why I'm watching the Discovery Fit & Health network so much.

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