I'm a little confused, mainly because my classmates are letting off confusing signals.
Okay so, we got our booklist for the Spring semester early, and one of my current teachers (who will be teaching some of the Spring semester classes) told us to take advantage of having this list so early, and go ahead and start buying our books so we'll be fully prepared and not suddenly bombarded with having to buy everything in January. Great!
Well, I spoke with the students a semester ahead of me who are in the classes I will be in, in January. They said the two biggest books to start off with now and to start studying now, were Anatomy and Physiology and the Pharmacology book, but that the A&P was the most time-consuming and difficult so to definitely focus on it.
So I ordered my A&P text and it arrived. I also ordered some supplements like an interactive CD-Rom, Kaplan Anatomy coloring book, and some A&P flash cards. I've even created an entire binder full of graphs and charts of the different body systems. I want to be well prepared.
So, my plan was to begin studying the book right now, taking 1 chapter a week and reading it and studying it in my spare time (since this semester I only have 3 pretty easy classes, and a lot more time to study compared to when January comes). I planned to start taking comprehensive notes from my readings, jotting down definitions, studying the graphs, ect. I figured I would be well prepared for the spring semester.
When I asked my fellow classmates if they planned to get a head start and do the same, almost every single one said no. Only one said yes and that she planned on studying just as much starting right now. A few classmates said no because if they bought the book right now and went to study it, they knew they'd lose interest and never "keep up with it", and that they were going to just wait until the class actually starts before even cracking open the book. To me, with classes that are this difficult, it seems to me that it'd be wise to get a head start in studying the actual textbook if given the oppourtunity.
I guess I just figured with just a great opportunity (some of the students a semester ahead of me, said they wish they would've had the opportunity of having a few months with the textbooks prior to semester starting) more people would be taking advantage of it. I get the feeling that some of my classmates just feel that because this semester's classes are easy, that next semester's classes (A&P, Pharmacology, Fundementals, Nutrition and Med Surg) will be just as a simple.
Apparently I'm the only one in class that thinks studying now is good, and it's made me actually second-guess if I am going about things wrong or something, since I'm all alone in my thinking, lol.