Microbiology Scare - page 2

So as some of you may know... I am a pre nursing student. I currently have a 3.7 and I am going into my second semester of pre reqs. I decided to take Microbiology this coming semester (Spring 2013)... Read More

  1. Visit  LaDeDah profile page
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    I think you'll be fine. I rely heavily on the 'rate my professor' site as well - it's saved my butt numerous times! That being said, I have had many instructors who have been rated poorly (ie grades hard, is mean, etc.) and just knowing that ahead of time seems to make all the difference. Take note of the negative things others have said and use them as a way to safe-guard yourself. If it says they grade hard, make sure you know the material well. If it says they're mean, this is easily avoidable... professors usually have a soft spot for the smart kid in class; keep your head in the books, pay attention (which by your grades, it sounds like you do anyway), and actively participate in class. If it says that they just plain 'don't know how to teach' - prepare for a lot of personal study time.

    Anyhow, I've found that it's never really as bad as you think it will be. Maybe because it's easy to build up just how many ways it can go wrong?

    As for the micro before A&P, don't worry about it. I took micro before I took A&P and I got 4.0 in both of them. They're probably both equally hard, just in different ways. It's not like if you were to take A&P before medical terminology... now that might be a bit more difficult.

    Keep your head up and good luck!
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  3. Visit  proud nurse profile page
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    Maybe the professors were rated unfairly by a disgruntled student...you never know. Everyone told me to take this one instructor for A&P 2, well I practically ran to go sign up for her class. They said she was amazing and nice, blah blah blah. They never said she was so tough. You'd swear this lady was teaching this class at the master's degree level, she was teaching WAAYYYY above our heads. I struggled my butt off just to squeak by with a solid B out of her class, and she came so highly recommended.
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  4. Visit  cgrant profile page
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    Quote from proud nurse
    Maybe the professors were rated unfairly by a disgruntled student...you never know. Everyone told me to take this one instructor for A&P 2, well I practically ran to go sign up for her class. They said she was amazing and nice, blah blah blah. They never said she was so tough. You'd swear this lady was teaching this class at the master's degree level, she was teaching WAAYYYY above our heads. I struggled my butt off just to squeak by with a solid B out of her class, and she came so highly recommended.
    This is very true... There are professors rated horribly on rate my professor that I've found to be great.. So you really cannot go just by that. We must remember everybody's experience will be different, some people learn different than others. I thin Rate my professor is a good guideline to use, but I wouldn't skip out on a class for a bad rating. A class can be what u make it.
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  5. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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    Quote from cgrant

    No I meant what I wrote. Taking a&p prior to micro is best in my opinion.
    You wrote that taking a&p before micro is detrimental to success. Detrimental means harmful, so you're actually telling the OP to take microbiology first :-)

    OP, I had no choice but to take a professor with terrible ratings for micro. I usually don't even look up reviews or worry about them, but that one taught me a lesson. HUGE mistake. So many people in my class go on about what an easy A micro was, and the highest average in our class was an 80%. So buyer beware. Be prepared to work your tail off if the reviews are correct.
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    Quote from Stephalump

    You wrote that taking a&p before micro is detrimental to success. Detrimental means harmful, so you're actually telling the OP to take microbiology first :-)

    OP, I had no choice but to take a professor with terrible ratings for micro. I usually don't even look up reviews or worry about them, but that one taught me a lesson. HUGE mistake. So many people in my class go on about what an easy A micro was, and the highest average in our class was an 80%. So buyer beware. Be prepared to work your tail off if the reviews are correct.
    Oh yes. I see how that's confusing! Bad choice of wording! Well my explanation later cleared that up. lol
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    Quote from Stephalump

    You wrote that taking a&p before micro is detrimental to success. Detrimental means harmful, so you're actually telling the OP to take microbiology first :-)

    OP, I had no choice but to take a professor with terrible ratings for micro. I usually don't even look up reviews or worry about them, but that one taught me a lesson. HUGE mistake. So many people in my class go on about what an easy A micro was, and the highest average in our class was an 80%. So buyer beware. Be prepared to work your tail off if the reviews are correct.
    Lol yes I see how that's confusing! Bad choice of words! But my explanation later on cleared that up... And in response to everybody saying micro was or is easy, I learned a lot about how people lie about their micro grades... I don't know why.. Who cares if yore taking it a second time or getting c's... Thank God I pulled a B out of the class. But a&p was a cinch for me. Both 1&2 i got A's.
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  8. Visit  ImDaMan11 profile page
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    Quote from Stephalump
    You wrote that taking a&p before micro is detrimental to success. Detrimental means harmful, so you're actually telling the OP to take microbiology first :-)
    thank you. didn't mean to come off as a jerk cgrant just wanted to make sure we were all clear with what you meant.
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  9. Visit  msmartel bee profile page
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    Quote from cgrant

    No I meant what I wrote. Taking a&p prior to micro is best in my opinion.
    I agree taking A&P prior micro it helps. Micro is fun but it require a lot memorization and understanding.
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  10. Visit  Mina E. profile page
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    I took anatomy and physiology before micro. I received A's in all 3 courses. Micro was the hardest for me. I had to take a "W" on my first try in micro and on my 2nd try, I ended up with an A. I had the same teacher both times for micro, which I didnt have much of an option since she was the only evening class available. She had the worst ratings from previous students but I took her anyways. I do think that anything is possible, no matter how tough it is, as long as you put the time and effort into it, you will do great. Nothing in life is easy, sometimes you have to struggle a bit but in the end you will succeed!!!
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  11. Visit  Keeka_Prenurse13 profile page
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    Thank you all for your comments. I'll get through this... I'll just have to work extra extra hard instead of just extra hard... Lol.
  12. Visit  Keeka_Prenurse13 profile page
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    But I learned alot of that stuff in Biology last semester and I did just fine with the material. =/
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    Quote from x_factor
    If you're taking Micro because you think it'll be easier than A&P, you may be in for a shock. I found A&P MUCH easier than Micro. A&P, especially Anatomy, was pure memorization. Micro is memorization and a LOT of understanding HOW things work on a microscopic level (such at the Kreb's cycle, cellular respiration, Glycolysis, ect.)
    But I learned alot of that stuff in Biology last semester and I did just fine with the material. =/
  14. Visit  Blue Felt Fedora profile page
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    I had both A&P I & II prior to Micro, and I think taking those A&P's first really helped, because there was a lot of cross information. In my school, A&P I is a prerequisite to Micro, and I can easily understand why. However, if your school doesn't require one before the other, I wouldn't psych yourself out. Just put your nose to the grindstone, work hard, study, and you should be okay.


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