Fall 2012 Microbiology Students -- STAND UP! - page 8

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. by   SopranoKris
    Also, you might not have washed the slide long enough in the stain before rinsing. Take your time, it will come...don't worry! It's more of an art than an exact science.
  2. by   britthohenbrink
    Got my grade today and I am very depressed..... I made a 67%... I thought I did much better than that! I dont know what to do now.
  3. by   SopranoKris
    Quote from britthohenbrink
    Got my grade today and I am very depressed..... I made a 67%... I thought I did much better than that! I dont know what to do now.
    Britt...don't despair! One test will not kill your grade. What you need to do now is analyze the questions you got wrong. For example, were most of the wrong answers on one particular aspect? (e.g. cell structure of a prokaryote? cell membrane structure? historical figures in Microbiology history?) Examine those and review the correct ones. Believe me, you'll remember them later because now you know what you did wrong.

    Also, look at the types of questions you got wrong. Were they multiple choice and you were undecided between 2 answers? Was it fill-in-the-blank and you blanked on the answer? Was it an essay question? Was it a labeling or matching question? It may be that you perform better with certain types of questions.

    If your school offers supplemental instruction (aka "tutoring"), you might want to go to a session or two to review the test with them. That can also give you some insight on what to expect for the next test and they can help you review & prepare because they'll be familiar with your professor and how he/she runs the class.

    Keep doing well in lab and any other assignments that contribute to your grade. If your prof offers extra credit...do it!!! I always prep for a test by trying to explain (in my own words) the concepts to someone who knows nothing about the subject to see if they understand me. If you can do that, then you know the material

    Chin up and keep telling yourself you're going to do great on your next one
  4. by   britthohenbrink
    Thank you!!!! Deep down I know that one test is not going to kill me but I was wanting to start off on a positive note. My college does have S.I. but I do not think they have started yet because I have not received an email or seen posters talking about it.
  5. by   EMT89
  6. by   EMT89
    Quote from britthohenbrink
    Got my grade today and I am very depressed..... I made a 67%... I thought I did much better than that! I dont know what to do now.
    I made a D as well, but remember there is lab. This one test grade isn't the end of the world. We still have more opportunities to bring it up.
  7. by   Graduation2016
    This lab thing sounds very interesting! Starting micro and AP 2 next month. I'll be in school Tuesday and Thursday for AP 2 for lecture and lab and Monday and Wednesday for micro lecture and lab. Each 4 hours long. Cant wait! I do hope I'm not taking more than I can handle! It'll be 8 intense weeks!
  8. by   sweetf
    I took my first micro exam and I got an 82%. I dont know what to think, I thought I did better. I guess I will really have to study harder than I was. I'm really trying to pull an A.
  9. by   Kimynurse
    My first test is on October 4th on five chapters

    We have 4 lecture tests and 2 lab tests.

    It's a lot, but I'm going to try my hardest.

    I wish I knew how she tests.
  10. by   KristinaT
    My first quiz I looked over my notes and read the chapter and walked away with a 65%. That was a kick in the butt so for the quiz I took today I buckled down and spent probably 15+ hours this weekend studying: reading/taking notes from book, rechecking class notes, making flashcards, and doing quizzes online. Today I took the quiz and got a 90%. Much better, but I did make one stupid mistake and it could have been a 95--coulda woulda shoulda. The big test is Wednesday, going to go back over all flashcards and reread the 1st chapter and study microscopes. I need an A.........but before I can do all of that I have to do my Organic Chemistry work!! This semester is killing me.
  11. by   Ev1987
    Wishing you guys the best of luck on your future tests and quizzes. Mine won't be until two weeks from now, and it is on the first 3 chapters. So far, lab is pretty fun. Just looking at pathogens and microorganisms.
  12. by   NightNerd
    This class isn't occupying enough of my time! Haha, I have the most boring job in the world, and my manager is kind enough to let me sneak in the books when I want to study, but it's not quite taking up all 40 hours per week. However, we have just mostly been going over the very basic stuff - history of microbiology, taxonomy, a quick review of the Chem class I took over the summer, and some stuff about water and pH. Our first exam is tonight, so hopefully I don't eat my words...

    Lab is good so far. I'm still not the best with the microscope, but I'm getting better! And I am no longer terrified that I will set something on fire with the bunsen burner.
  13. by   RunnerRN2015
    We had our first lecture exam yesterday (chapters 1,2,4,5, and 7) and I got a 94%. Happy about that! I definitely don't need to study as much as I did for A&P. I have a 100% so far in lab (1 quiz and several pre-lab checks). We have our first lab exam Thursday so that's what I'm studying for today.

    Good luck to those with tests this week!