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Heavy emphasis on "deep learning" and "critical thinking" (not quite of the nursing program type). All learning is measured by writings -- journals, essays, online debates -- whose topics are incredibly broad. No exams, no need for memorizing/learning anything about the history of psych, or the names of different theories, etc. Due to it all being essays, grading is terribly subjective.
So far I've not found anyone who's ever heard of such a setup for an intro Psych course. Some Psych majors have said that format existed for their upper level courses.
At first I thought it is actually a great way to organize a course. I'm big on practical knowledge and applied knowledge so such a format is rather in line with my own beliefs. However I'm thinking my instructor and I aren't on the same wavelength (what I swear he wants in an answer isn't right, even though supposedly there isn't any right/wrong answer in this stuff?) and that's going to make passing this course....challenging to impossible.
In addition to my probability of flunking, I'm very concerned that if I continue with this course and somehow pass, I won't have the foundation required for my Developmental Psych course through a different community college (where I'll be transferring to). I'm considering dropping while I still can; though I hate the idea of that because I'm not the quitting type.
So.....has anyone experienced this format with their Psych course? Did you actually learn better that way? How was your course set up?
I think my Psych class was a similar format except I had a written final and a term paper as well as journals and an in-class debate throughout the semester. I think the word "Intro" and the fact that my class had no pre-req was misleading.
I found that my work experience in psych and my background in Developmental Psych, Philosophy, and Biology (A&P I and A&P II), and Anthropology classes helped me to successfully complete Psych 101. In fact, Psych 101 was easy because of what I learned before.
On the other hand, people in my class complained as you are doing because they did not have the classes I had before or my work experience. Many dropped my class while others continued to struggle.
I do not know if you should drop, but given that GPAs are extremely important you may want to do so. Then hunt around at other schools
and see if there is a Psych 101 course you will like and a Professor others like that is more suitable to your learning needs.
Psych was my very last co-req because it took me so long to find a Professor I would liked. Although the class I choose was tough, as I said earlier, my background helped me to succeed.
I do not know if you noticed but I took Developmental Psych first. That is because the course I took did not have a pre-req and I found a Professor others I knew liked.
By the way, the critical thinking and deep learning aspects you are covering is the same as the skill you will need in nursing school
. I have not started school yet, but I worked in Health Care prior to my journey. Critical thinking is critical thinking.. it does not come in different forms though you may apply the skill in different ways. Deep learning is helpful to know as well since you will be learning a lot of information in a short amount of time. To be honest, I encourage you to complete the class you are in, however, you know your limitations. Good luck. :spin: