Straight A's in Science prereqs? - page 2

I really want to make straight A's in all of my science prereqs. Has anyone made straight A's in all of the science prereqs? And if so, how much studying did it take?... Read More

  1. Visit  TallSN profile page
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    Quote from aqoneal
    So far, I gotten Bs in my pre reqs which I'm ok with... Science has never been my strong point so I'm satisfied!!! I would say give it the same 2-3 hrs per day and work on quizzing yourself... Also make sure too ask lots of questions regarding things you don't understand!!!!
    The program that I am applying to is extremely competitive, I can only make one B in my science prereqs. I need to make Straight A's in microbiology and in a&p 1&2. I'm already 35 with 3 kids and I don't have time to waste
  2. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    Yes, it's possible to do so. I've got a 4.0 in my science pre-reqs. But it took a LOT of work & devotion to study time. I highly recommend buying a planner and color coding with your homework, quizzes & test dates. In the spaces in between, schedule your study time. It really helps you to stay on top of your work and be prepared for class.
  3. Visit  besaangel profile page
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    I made straight A's as a FT student throughtout my AS degree and only had 2 B's as I prepped for the Nursing program. I'd read the chapter summary ahead of class and that was it. I also worked from 2p-1a sometimes and when I didnt work, I was playing Sims 2: University (go figure)

    I was advised to retake Human Physiology with no labs and got a B+ last year but didnt crack the book because I was now more "into" my hospital job and had to be FT for both. I had more riding on my plate at the University and really hated the whole 150+ students in a class... either way, Im not much of a study person.

    So far I've held the same strategy but will probably start "studying" when I get to Pharm; maybe not Patho since I've done it before as a BIO so it didnt transfer as its a NUR course at my University.

    But to each his own; if you can grasp the knowledge then you dont need strenuous hours but if you just cant comprehend it, you'll have to dedicate the time to make sure you are on track and understanding the information.
    Last edit by besaangel on Feb 24, '13 : Reason: correction
  4. Visit  Everline profile page
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    I got straight As in my pre-reqs. I'm not sure how much I studied. Certainly NOT hours per day. However, I did stay organized and on top of the game. That is to say, I made sure not to fall behind. I determined what I needed to know, figured out a plan on how to know it by test time and followed a schedule to meet that goal. I NEVER studied straight through for hours at a time on ANY day. Some days I'm sure it was only a half hour to an hour. But I was consistent and organized. The most time consuming part was making up test questions, using lecture notes, for myself to study (like note cards, but I didn't use note cards). Good luck to you. You can do it!
  5. Visit  Trenata profile page
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    I just started my science prereqs, so I can only comment on what I have done so far. I really think it depends on the level of knowledge your professor expects for each exam and on how you learn. For me, with no real science background, I have to read through the textbook and understand what is going on to retain the info. I am taking online courses which are accelerated, so there is no lecture. My biology teacher actually expects us to understand the material which I think is hard but good. It isn't like high school science where you can just memorize terms and follow a test review and pass. It is super important, in my opinion, to devote the time to truly understand the sciences because not only will each science build on each other and many of the same concepts will be introduced in each class, understanding will help you do well on nursing entrance exams without cramming.

    My goal is to learn for the long term, NOT short term to pass an exam. So, I read all the required textbook material to understand it, then I review any videos that I can which review the information - for instance in my cell and molecular biology class, I am using the Masteringbiology online tools to study and watch some animations of the process - this really helps me - a visual an auditory learner. If I don't understand something, I reread it. For instance, for cellular respiration and photosynthesis, I had to read each chapter twice because these two concepts were challenging for me. Then I looked over my class notes. Finally, to review for the exam, I reread the class notes. This does take hours of time, however I don't have hours of classroom time each week.

    For me, understanding science is how I retain the info and make A's - so far. I cannot just memorize for a test. This is only my first class though - so I hope that I can maintain an A average in all my classes with this method...
  6. Visit  maddiem profile page
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    I haven't finished Chem and Micro yet but I have A's in both A&P 1 and 2. My best advice is to stay ahead in class. Read the chapter before lecture, don't procrastinate on studying for a test, and consistently study throughout each unit - don't save it all for before the test! Most of all, ask questions!!! If you don't understand something ask your instructor! Good luck!
  7. Visit  TallSN profile page
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    Quote from TWiersch
    I just started my science prereqs, so I can only comment on what I have done so far. I really think it depends on the level of knowledge your professor expects for each exam and on how you learn. For me, with no real science background, I have to read through the textbook and understand what is going on to retain the info. I am taking online courses which are accelerated, so there is no lecture. My biology teacher actually expects us to understand the material which I think is hard but good. It isn't like high school science where you can just memorize terms and follow a test review and pass. It is super important, in my opinion, to devote the time to truly understand the sciences because not only will each science build on each other and many of the same concepts will be introduced in each class, understanding will help you do well on nursing entrance exams without cramming.

    My goal is to learn for the long term, NOT short term to pass an exam. So, I read all the required textbook material to understand it, then I review any videos that I can which review the information - for instance in my cell and molecular biology class, I am using the Masteringbiology online tools to study and watch some animations of the process - this really helps me - a visual an auditory learner. If I don't understand something, I reread it. For instance, for cellular respiration and photosynthesis, I had to read each chapter twice because these two concepts were challenging for me. Then I looked over my class notes. Finally, to review for the exam, I reread the class notes. This does take hours of time, however I don't have hours of classroom time each week.

    For me, understanding science is how I retain the info and make A's - so far. I cannot just memorize for a test. This is only my first class though - so I hope that I can maintain an A average in all my classes with this method...
    Your method sounds like a great method, I'm sure you will do well
  8. Visit  queserasera profile page
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    I just realized I have all A's in my science pre-reqs thus far. Can I pull off A's in Micro and A&P I that I'm taking together now. Stay tuned! Haha
  9. Visit  meeep profile page
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    Quote from maddiem
    I haven't finished Chem and Micro yet but I have A's in both A&P 1 and 2. My best advice is to stay ahead in class. Read the chapter before lecture, don't procrastinate on studying for a test, and consistently study throughout each unit - don't save it all for before the test! Most of all, ask questions!!! If you don't understand something ask your instructor! Good luck!
    ^ This. I have straight A's in all my sciences thus far, and this is your best plan of attack.
  10. Visit  cassandra83 profile page
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    I got a 4.0 in all of my prereqs and it took many hours of long nights and early mornings studying. I have two small children so I made sure that I used my time wisely after they went to bed at night. I would outline what I needed to study and gave myself small goals. One thing that I can say for sure is that you DO NOT want to fall behind. The material in the prereq courses is not difficult, there is just a lot of it. Make sure that you take good notes so that it is easier to study and make flash cards that you can bring around with you. There are some great videos on youtube that go over the most effective studying techniques. You can do it! Good luck. One way that I knew if I really understood the material was to explain whatever I was learning to my husband. If I could explain it to him so that he would understand it too, then I knew that I understood the depth of it, not just the breadth.
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  11. Visit  keya86tiff profile page
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    Hard work & dedication will get u all A's
  12. Visit  yedwards42 profile page
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    I received all A's in my Science and most Nursing prereq's. I'd say the hardest class for me was Chemistry. This class is a toughie, and I took a "hybrid" course - part online and part at school. I felt like I was teaching Chemistry to myself (a subject I knew relatively little about). The work load and studying was immense. The Chemistry professor was amazing; she enjoyed teaching and made the course fun (though challenging). I love Biology and Sciences: A/P I and II, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Pathophysiology required lots of studying though I really enjoy these subjects so it was easier for me. Overall, know how best you study, take these courses with professors who have good reputations (and enjoy teaching, fun and fair), keep up on all assignments and stay organized, ask questions when you're unclear or need more direction, and if there is any extra credit - take it! Lastly, what I find that works best for me (prior to taking tests) start in advance about a week or so prior to the exam. Allow a day for each chapter: re-read the chapter, read/make notes and memorize, do this for each chapter the test is on. Allow one final day at the end to review all chapters/notes - this will solidify the material and you will be set to go!

    Good luck!

    PS. In terms of hours - hard to pinpoint. Some days I spend a few hours on homework and reading chapter work per class. As exams came closer, I'd spend 4-6 hours a day. The day after a test (I'd allow myself a free day if I had no other tests coming up)
  13. Visit  TallSN profile page
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    Thanks everyone! I feel very encouraged! I have received some great advice and I really appreciate the time u guys took to respond to my post in such detail! I will definitely put the recommendations to use. I have a 15 year old, a 3 year old and 4 month old, my house gets pretty hectic, but I make sure I spend time studying and will feel so accomplished when I'm done with my prereqs and get into nursing school


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