Most Challenging Prereq? - page 3

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Hi All! What has been the most challenging prereq and do you have any tips to prepare? Was it Bio? Chem? Anatomy? Physiology? So far, its been general chemistry :(... Read More


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    I disliked Statistics too, but I don't think it was particularly hard. You just had to keep track of all the numbers and formulas while remembering what all the symbols meant. I found College Algebra to be a lot more difficult.
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    So far for me it's chem. So much smushed into an 8 week course. I'm excited for AP though. Lets hope I don't hate that!
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    Quote from mercurysmom
    Ding Ding Ding!!! Same here. Evening class twice a week, while working 3rd shift and nursing/pumping for my infant daughter at home...I look back and think "WHAT was I THINKING?"
    Wow! I had no other obligations and struggled through that course, so I'm amazed that you were able to manage all of that ontop of a horribly boring evening class of statistics. lol Superwoman!




    Quote from elektrisk564
    I disliked Statistics too, but I don't think it was particularly hard. You just had to keep track of all the numbers and formulas while remembering what all the symbols meant. I found College Algebra to be a lot more difficult.
    True, the course material itself wasn't difficult, but maintaining attention to learn it was. Haha! Thank god that was the only math course I had to take after high school. When I hate something, it's so much harder. All the other pre-reqs had an obvious relation to the field, and it was stuff I was interested in, so it was easier to learn in that sense. I know why we take the statistics course, but honestly, that isn't helping me on the floor. I've forgotten all of it anyway. If I wanted to do research or fully understand the method explanations in research articles I would have to review stats.




    Quote from Shorty11
    You had to take Philosophy as a Pre-req for nursing school?
    I did too. We had a wacky professor for that one, but it wasn't too bad.
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    Quote from chanteurdelamour
    True, the course material itself wasn't difficult, but maintaining attention to learn it was. Haha! Thank god that was the only math course I had to take after high school. When I hate something, it's so much harder. All the other pre-reqs had an obvious relation to the field, and it was stuff I was interested in, so it was easier to learn in that sense. I know why we take the statistics course, but honestly, that isn't helping me on the floor. I've forgotten all of it anyway. If I wanted to do research or fully understand the method explanations in research articles I would have to review stats.
    Yeah, I took it online and I remember hating every assignment. It was so time consuming. I have no idea how I made an A in that class. Also, I don't see how I will ever use it in nursing, but who knows. I assumed if it were really pertinent to nursing, there'd be a class like "Medical Statistics" or something
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    It was Inorganic Chem for me....it wasn't hard, but the professor was CRAZYYYY and it was also my first college science class so that added to the pressure of it. So much stress and so much studying!

    My advice is to take everything with a grain of salt. Just because someone says a certain class is hard does not mean it will be hard for you. Everyone has different things going on in their lives, and different strengths and weaknesses, as well as different levels of determination!

    Just make sure you have lots of determination and you will do GREAT!
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    Mm, I'll be really honest. The nursing pre-reqs were not difficult for me but I would have to say the one I had to really invest time in to do well was probably Anatomy. I went to a college in which two semesters of anatomy were condensed in one semester. Human Physiology was also condensed to a semester only, and the lab portion I had to take during a 4 week winter intercession. I'd have to say that time management is key and good study habits are key. I know this sounds overly simplified and regurgitated but trust me it helps to be proactive. I have a friend who works as a PA now and I borrowed his Anatomy bone and muscle charts. I had friends in other schools taking anatomy classes as well & friends in my college who had a different professor and we often study together near test time to help grind things in. We were also a little selfish too in the school library..hogging a lot of the anatomy bone/muscle kits haha.
    Of course there are other factors for all of us, like how forgiving or unforgiving a given professor may be with exams, teaching style, our own study habits. If anything there's always a method to the madness in the pre-reqs. So don't give up! If you can't grasp a concept quite quickly then don't hesitate to ask questions in class or to even google it. I had a friend who would go to the peer tutoring center just to get help with his microbio class and he ended up with a solid A- at the end of the term despite doing average on his first midterm. There's definitely hope if you put the work in and have the right resources
    Usually the classes most related to the nursing-field are the ones we are most interested in doing well in and studying. I saw some of the comments above such as philosophy and man i have to say that's quite a dry class! Logic questions and circular thinking themes for essay questions are definitely not my thing haha but we gotta find ways to do well.

    When I think about it now..I was excited to study A&P lol.
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    I had no idea that some schools required Philosophy as a Pre-req! Interesting. (I graduate with my BSN in May 2014, so it's been a while since I did my Pre-reqs). I wouldn't have been thrilled to have taken any more Pre-reqs than I already had to, but talk about being well-rounded!
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    Fundamentals was mine. I'd never seen NCLEX style questions before and neither had my classmates - fundamentals was the pre-req that knocked the most people out of the running for nursing school. Had one person in the cohort who'd worked as a CNA for years and had a 3.90 GPA and had aced her other pre-reqs, but she thought like a CNA on those questions and not like a nurse and got a C+ in the class when the cutoff for passing was a B-. It was rough.
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    Mine was definitely A&P II! I'm not sure if it was the fact I had an adjunct professor, or what, but it came more difficult than others.
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    I found micro fairly easy compared to anat and phsl, bio and chem totally doable. Physiology was hard, but for me, Anatomy was the hardest. It was just so much memorizing - it was hard for me to adjust to. I also took physiology, microbiology, and anatomy all at the same time. It was wild but i got through it and start nursing school in september!


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