Most Challenging Prereq? - page 4

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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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    My hardest prerequisite course was physiology, which I took at a CC. I was in a class with a tough instructor (I sought her out on purpose because I'd had her the prior semester for nutrition and she was incredible), but she was very thorough, very knowledgeable, and she made sure you knew your stuff. My tests were structured a lot like nursing school tests (concepts/interpretation) and the tests contained several essay segments that were graded with a fine-toothed comb. In a class of 30, only 10 of us were left standing at the end.

    Really, that class was one of the best things that could have happened to me. When pathophysiology rolled around in NS, I was already rock-solid from the get-go and I could focus my studies on connecting the concepts instead of trying to relearn the basics. It gave me breathing room and kept me ahead of the game.

    I guess the moral of the story is to take your prereqs seriously-- don't toss out everything after the class is over, because it may very well come in handy some day. Find an instructor that will challenge you; you learn more that way.
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    Inorganic Chem during a 6-week summer course. Surprisingly though, Organic Chem (which I'm taking now) is going much better After listening to multiple students talk about how much harder organic chem is compared to inorganic chem, I was scared! But definitely go into any class with a positive attitude because you never know.
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    Quote from Shorty11

    You had to take Philosophy as a Pre-req for nursing school?
    Some BSN programs require arts & humanities courses. Mine does as well but I didn't choose philosophy because I heard it was hard! Lol
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    Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 were the hardest for me. If science, functions of the human body, and understanding EVERY aspect of EVERY process that happens in the body doesn't come natural, you will have to work for your grade. NO teacher will be easy, and an A will not come without studying, hard work, and more studying. Micro wasn't nearly as hard for me, but I think there tend to be much better teachers for Micro than A&P. It all honestly depends on what kind of subjects you're naturally good with. Either way, good luck and ALWAYS study!
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    Anatomy definitely. I was just a freshman (second semester) when I took the course. Most of the people in my class were sophomores and juniors so they were definitely more aware of the expectations than I was. I never had really good science teachers except for Physics and Chemistry in high school so this was a definite struggle for me. I think I cried a couple of times in the beginning of the course because everyone around me knew how to study but somehow for me, memorizing a ton of information was just not my thing. I pulled a B but that was a lot of hard work and locking myself in the library for hours to study with other people. However, it has stuck with me for the last 5 years and it has made my job as a medical assistant much easier. It'll stay with me as I further on my education as a nursing student as well.
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    Gen chem 1 and 2 were the hardest for me to grasp
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    Make sure you really know everything in the first few chapter of A&P I. The rest of A&P I and A&P II builds off the first few chapters. You will notice that you will use that information throughout both semesters. I would take Chem before Microbiology and I would try to take A&P II and micro together. Chem comes up in A&P and micro so have chem first will definitely help. I took A&P II and micro the same semester and had no problems with either one. The prereq I found to be the hardest was Nutrition. It has tons for information that you just have to memorize.
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    Chemistry. Definitely. My professor used canned, unedited test questions from the textbook test bank and the questions were often very unclear. I have an English degree from a while ago and I was continually pointing out questions that were ambiguous based on how they were worded. As a chem guy, it was obvious to the professor what the questions were asking, but when I actually showed him the faulty/ vague construction in some of the questions, he understood what I meant.

    Also, it never failed that a question or two would pop up that actually was material from the following chapter (presumably because he was using old tests and the text book was a newer version with slightly revised chapter content), and there was always one question (at least) that most of the class would miss or have to guess on simply because the question was expecting more knowledge from the test-taker than was given in the chapter. I don't mean that it was an application question that required inference or deduction, etc., which definitely can be tricky in its own right. I simply mean that one or more of the answers would be unfamiliar terms from the material covered, even though the question itself was pertinent to the applicable chapters, again possibly due to the actual test being much older than the text. Annoying!!

    Oh, and lab was nerve-wracking because a lot of them involved receiving all or partial/ no, on-the-spot credit. If your results came out okay (within an acceptable range), you received full credit. If not, you either got half or sometimes no credit at all, and there was no chance for re-dos! My lab partner was a sweetheart, but I had to watch her like a hawk. I caught her numerous times almost adding the wrong substrate to something, or mixing up directions (measuring wrong, going out of order, etc.). In practically every instance, if she had gone ahead with her intended action without intervention, the results most assuredly would have been messed up and we would have lost credit. I was a puddle of sweat by the end each lab, trying to keep track of everything. We sat furthest from all the supplies and the hood sinks, etc., and so, always got a late start and we were therefore always the last to leave each night. I did not enjoy that class at all!
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    norlns, I had a similar experience as far as the lectures went. My professor would use old powerpoints provided by the publishing company of the book that had a lot to do with theory, but little to do with application/formulas/states of change. 90% of our test questions involved application of formulas with some science reasoning thrown in, and despite attending every 5 hour lecture (it was a summer class), I barely scraped by in the class. It didn't help that I hadn't had chemistry in high school, and he did little to introduce any basics despite it being a general chemistry class. I was so glad when that class was over.
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    Quote from norlns24
    Chemistry. Definitely. My professor used canned, unedited test questions from the textbook test bank and the questions were often very unclear. I have an English degree from a while ago and I was continually pointing out questions that were ambiguous based on how they were worded. As a chem guy, it was obvious to the professor what the questions were asking, but when I actually showed him the faulty/ vague construction in some of the questions, he understood what I meant.

    Also, it never failed that a question or two would pop up that actually was material from the following chapter (presumably because he was using old tests and the text book was a newer version with slightly revised chapter content), and there was always one question (at least) that most of the class would miss or have to guess on simply because the question was expecting more knowledge from the test-taker than was given in the chapter. I don't mean that it was an application question that required inference or deduction, etc., which definitely can be tricky in its own right. I simply mean that one or more of the answers would be unfamiliar terms from the material covered, even though the question itself was pertinent to the applicable chapters, again possibly due to the actual test being much older than the text. Annoying!!
    That's exactly how my current A&P 2 teacher tests, and it's an absolute nightmare! He swears the test bank goes with our book, but I suspect he is incorrect as there have been quite a few questions that were definitely not from the book. What's most frustrating is how ambiguous the wording of the questions is. I just hate feeling completely prepared on the material and then getting the test and wondering if its for a completely different course! He let us have one online test out of our 4 exams, and the highest grade in the class was still only in the 80s. Quite a departure from my A&P I teacher who wrote all of her own tests.


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