Horror stories about classes and teachers?

  1. I'm getting horror stories about my A&P I teacher this semester. I don't quite know what to think...part of me says that if I can't handle her...then I can't handle nursing.

    Have you ever had to deal with this? It has certainly unnerved me.
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  3. by   EMTtoRN
    Quote from SLH522
    I'm getting horror stories about my A&P I teacher this semester. I don't quite know what to think...part of me says that if I can't handle her...then I can't handle nursing.

    Have you ever had to deal with this? It has certainly unnerved me.
    Well it depends on what you have heard! Everone told me that my A&P teacher was DIFFICULT!!!! That her material was in depth and hard and that her tests were all critical thinking. You know what they were right! And I also had her for Chem at the SAME TIME!!!!

    However we had a nursing meeting where her past students came to talk about their first semester in Nursing school and the each personally THANKED her for being so hard, because it has made their first semester be so much EASIER!!!

    And I passed Chem with an A and A&P 1 with a B+. Not too bad for a difficult professor~
  4. by   mom2michael
    It depends of if she is challenging or just nuts. If she's challenging you, you'll thank her later in nursing school even though you may want to kill her during A&P.

    We have 1 A&P teacher that is just crazy and needs to quit teaching. She teaches like you are only taking her class....which even if you are only taking her class....you still can't pass it. Out of 35 students, maybe 10 will pass the class. Most nursing students run from her class since with our program you don't have much time to get A&P done and you just simply can't retake the class again later in the program.

    Good luck to you!!!
  5. by   oregonrene
    Apparently I came this close to getting a really difficult (read: mean) Chemistry teacher. Winter quarter's classes started last Monday, and Sunday night I decided to change my schedule around because one of my classes was not going to meet a prerequisite. I had to change both classes because changing one of them interfered with the other. So here I am the night before classes started, changing my schedule.

    Well, I'm so glad I did! I found out in my Chem 105 class that the instructor I was going to take for Chem 105 (at a different campus) is the teacher from hell. I had already seen on www.rateyourprofessors.com that she was difficult, but I figured I could deal with that. Now after talking with one of her former students, I'm so glad I switched! She said she yells at the students, she berates them for asking questions, and she blamed the class for getting behind last term. This former student switched to another campus because even though she got a B in Chem 104 last term, she did not want to deal with that teacher ever again.

    You have to wonder why these instructors keep their jobs? She's part-time, it's not like a tenured faculty position.

    Anyway, good luck with your class, and hopefully your A&P teacher isn't as bad as you've heard. It might be sour grapes from students who didn't do well. Everybody hated the prof I had for A&P 1 and 2, and I didn't much care for him either but I figured out how to follow his logic and got an A in both classes. But for A&P 3 (we are on the quarter system, so we have 3 terms, not 2 semesters of A&P), I grabbed the opportunity to take it from a different teacher and I'm SOOOO glad I did. He was great, SO much better and easier to understand.
  6. by   SarasotaRN2b
    I've had a few teachers that where supposedly "difficult" and when I look back on it, I've been grateful for each and every one of them. yeah, I busted my butt, but I did learn. Now there are occasions where there are horrible teachers and those are the ones I always check prehand. Unfortunately, when it comes to nursing school, you will be more restricted especially if you want to get into the program and that is the only instructor teaching that course. In that case, I would just hunker down, study my butt off and try not to make any waves. Usually on the first day of class you'll find out what they want...I figure follow them to a "T" and DON'T ARGUE...it just won't do any good. You may find out by the end of the course, the instructor turns about to be a real nice person.

    Kris
  7. by   EarthChild1130
    I have always tried to not let other people's opinions of teachers come into play until I've had a few classes, because everything is relative, and, for example, my idea of 'tough' and your idea of 'tough' might be 2 different things...Good luck to you!!
  8. by   SLH522
    Thanks you guys!

    I've only had 2 pieces of advice about her other than drop the class...1. Don't get on her bad side. #2 Study, study, study.

    Thanks for the rateyourprofessors link!
  9. by   rkrs6673
    Quote from SLH522
    I'm getting horror stories about my A&P I teacher this semester. I don't quite know what to think...part of me says that if I can't handle her...then I can't handle nursing.

    Have you ever had to deal with this? It has certainly unnerved me.

    I had the same information about my A & P 1 teacher. I was really scared. However none of what was said turned out to be true. They all said he was so hard and failed many students. It was true that many students failed but they were the ones who never studied anyway.
  10. by   boulergirl
    I checked out the rateyourprofessors site and found it very interesting. If my old English professor from North Georgia College was still teaching there, I can only imagine the reviews. Rumor had it that a broomstick hovered over her parking space. Everyone was warned to avoid her classes at all costs, as she had a reputation of being extremely hard. Yes, her classes were incredibly hard, but I made decent grades when I made an effort to pay attention and study (I didn't always do this!). She also LOVED essay tests. Every test was a question or two per page, and lots of white space for answers. Good thing I like writing! Despite the toughness of her classes, I sought her out because she was GOOD. The students who loved her, appreciated the fact that she made the material relevant to our lives and didn't just cram our heads with facts and dates.
    She was my advisor for awhile and was very concerned about me when I got lazy with my work--she reminded me that I was capable of doing better, and had proved it in the past. That's a professor who pays attention to her students. I was sad when I came back a few years later and learned that she had retired.
  11. by   SLH522
    So far...she has not been that bad. She expects you to learn the material. I hope it keeps going this way!

    The only problem I'm having is that I've been scheduled for a colonoscopy on the 28th...and have been since Dec. 29th. Since we miss lab on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday...she wants to make it up on the 28th. She can't on the 21st because she has a meeting. She expects that even surgery will not be an excuse to miss lab.
  12. by   oregonrene
    Quote from SLH522
    The only problem I'm having is that I've been scheduled for a colonoscopy on the 28th...and have been since Dec. 29th. Since we miss lab on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday...she wants to make it up on the 28th. She can't on the 21st because she has a meeting. She expects that even surgery will not be an excuse to miss lab.
    Surely she'll make some kind of exception for you. Surgery isn't something that can just be easily rescheduled or put off. Did you talk to her about it?
  13. by   SLH522
    I'm going to talk to her about it. This can't be helped and it's quite miserable.

    Thanks for the advice guys!

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