If I am struggling (borderline failing) with "Art Appreciation" (online course) will I struggle with Nursing School??
I e-mailed my Art instructor to let her know that I wasn't grasping the concepts of the course material and that I was having difficulty referencing the test questions back to the assigned text.....
This is the email reply from my instructor:
"The course is a course that stresses critical thinking as opposed to "fact-based" courses. For that reason students who are in curricula that is heavy in the fact-based study - math, science, business etc. usually struggle with the idea that answers come through a reasoning ability. Unfortunately, education in the lower grades stress facts not thinking these days. This is why I think you struggle.
In order to study the arts it is necessary to approach it in this manner for you are learning about creative ideas and the creative process. You are also learning about the relationship of the arts with all that goes on in a society. You can' teach these ideas with facts only.
So I propose you don't read and study your book for test information, but rather for giving you a foundation from which you can learn to "REASON" your answers."
I really didn't want to take "Art Appreciation" as my elective to satisfy my degree plan; I wanted to take "Ethics" but it wasn't being offered this semester and I really wanted to complete all of my non-nursing courses prior to beginning the RN program this fall.
So far, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA (A&P I and II, Microbiology, Psychology, Human Lifespan, Nutrition, Intermediate and College Algebra) It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that I will achieve an "A" in Art.... best possible scenario- I'll get a "B" if I complete all of the extra credit assignments.
Should I just say "screw it." and drop the course now? I can take the Ethics class sometime within the next 2 years during the program.... I don't want to give up but at the same time I don't want an unnecessary drop in GPA.
My long term goal is to be a CRNA or to attend med school and become a Pediatrician. I need to maintain my 4.0 right??
Any input would be appreciated!!
(Oh, please don't get me wrong- I like art, I like to look at it etc... but I find this class useless)
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What kind of test questions are they? If there is no way to reference the correct answers to the book, and your instructor is providing no lecture notes to supplement, it's horribly unfair for her to expect her students to read her mind and know what she's looking for on exams.
The test questions are from "left field." To the point that I don't know what is being asked...and all of the "key words" in the question(s) are not mentioned in the textbook AT ALL. I feel that she is being unfair by testing what ISN'T taught, by not giving me any pointers or suggestions on how to improve on my weak areas, and for being downright unhelpful.... but such is life~unfair.
It also doesn't help that you just get a percentage when the test is completed. No review of what you missed- no corrections. I absolutely HATE that (I know that the NCLEX is like that guys
and that I won't be given the correct answers if I fail etc.) But, in prior classes I have been able to reason my answer to the instructor and sometimes, not always, but sometimes they would accept/agree with me and change my grade. Other times, quite often actually, I have found errors in the computerized testing (grading) system and have been thanked by the instructor because it doesn't just change my test grade- it changes everyone's that got the question "wrong." The student's grade reflects on the teacher as well~ if 1/2 the class is failing you have no choice but to look at who's teaching them too.
I have done 4 assignments so far, that required my "interpretation" of certain pieces of art, and i scored 100% on all 4. It is the multiple choice open book/resource tests that are killing me.
I have already begun reading through my 1st semester nursing textbooks (NCLEX review too) and I "get it" ~ definitely have not mastered the material, but I understand the questions, how to reason them and how to eliminate answers.
I hate to just "give up" on a course like this though- so I am going to keep trying until it's do/die time and make a logical decision then; whether to stick with it or take the W.
~~~Thanks again to everyone here for your insight!!
Last edit by RED1984 on Jun 20, '12
: Reason: adding one more point :)
You're very welcome! I think so too.
Kick art's butt (appreciatively).
Last edit by timmedico on Jun 20, '12