Withdrawing from A&P 1

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    I am in A&P 1 in my 5th week and currently have a D. Our teacher is new to our school and teaching. I feel our teacher has made it very hard on everyone in the classes (lab & lecture). She failed everyone in two lab classes on their lab reports. She only gives us 10 minutes on all quizzes no matter if there are 10 or 20 questions. She is very hard on everyone in grading. I do not want to fail. I study and study and still get low grades. I do not know if I should stay and try to recover or withdrawal and take it in the fall with a teacher who has been teacher A&P classes at the school for a long time. Any suggestions? Any one else ever been in this situation and what did you do?

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    I totally Understand! I dropped my A&P class about a week ago, because I was somewhat in the same situation. My advice to you would be to prepare all this semester, memorize as much as you can, and then take it in the summer.


    Good Luck!
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    Talk to people at school and find out which teachers have good reputations. There is no shame in withdrawing from a class, but you have to weight the pros and cons. I'm guessing you would have a "W" on your transcript and that it won't factor into your GPA. That isn't going to haunt you when you apply to nursing school. Having a "D" will. I have taken classes where the teacher is horrible. I've dropped classes and signed up with a better prof. It worked out in the end. The only thing you need to worry about is your GPA. Withdrawing from a class doesn't reflect character. Sometimes, it's a great strategic move for your GPA. Just make sure you are smart about it.
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    Last semester I did a withdrawal on A&P 1 (family stuff) and I am retaking it now and have a B in the class. I talked to friends and went to ratemyprofessor.com to see what others have said. I found that for me, I needed a small class size. I would also check on your financial aid and make sure you won't loose or have to pay back any.
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    Thank you everyone, I feel better now. I withdrew from the class this morning. I will receive a "w" so no it won't hurt my GPA. The only downfall is the good teachers I want aren't until the fall, so that pushes me back one more year. I will now apply in January of 2014 and will be 45 years young. Lol, and 47 when I graduate. I was depressed about that at first but I know I have always wanted to be an RN and will not let anything stop me from completing it.
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    I completely understand! I purposely shopped around for an A&P professor that had lots of experience and good feedback because I knew that this would be the most important prerequisite for nursing school. I ended up taking A&P 1 & 2 with an MD from Baghdad and she was so helpful in not only teaching us about A&P, but also how it would pertain to things we would experience in medicine. Definitely check out ratemyprofessors.com & myedu.com
    gummi bear likes this.
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    While I get that it's better to withdraw that have a bad grade on your transcript (to a certain extent). I remember when I was taking chem a few semesters ago my teacher SUCKED. 2/3rds of the class dropped because she was so horrible. She had no idea how to convey the material and tested on stuff in the book instead of what she taught in lecture. SO I taught myself. I learned the whole book front to back, while still maintaining A's in my other classes. I didn't want to withdraw and have to explain it was because the teacher wasn't good. I felt that would look like a cop out so I plowed through and brought my D up to an A. There is hope if you work and figure out how to effectively study. When I first started taking harder science classes, I realized I was studying wrong, and since I've learned how to effectively spend my time studying, my life has changed.
    pmabraham likes this.
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    Shannonyocum,
    Talk to the professor first!! Make sure if you have to withdraw that it does not affect your financial aid. I took it in the Summer and it was AWFUL!!!! It is very intense and the material is covered VERY quickly. As long as you can devote ALL of your free time to the course during the Summer, then do it!
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    Bem514,
    Thank you for the info. I don't know if I could handle taking it in the summer. I think I found a good teacher to take it with in the fall. He has a good pass rate. The teacher I was taking it with is a good teacher she just makes it very hard on everyone. Don't get me wrong I'm not asking for an easy way out. I know the science classes are hard but some teachers are just not for everyone. When the majority of her class has a d and the highest grade is a c. Something is not right. I feel she is trying to teach it at a level that we all can't understand.
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    Quote from shannonyocum
    Thank you everyone, I feel better now. I withdrew from the class this morning. I will receive a "w" so no it won't hurt my GPA. The only downfall is the good teachers I want aren't until the fall, so that pushes me back one more year. I will now apply in January of 2014 and will be 45 years young. Lol, and 47 when I graduate. I was depressed about that at first but I know I have always wanted to be an RN and will not let anything stop me from completing it.
    Just do what you have to do to succeed. I was in the same situation a few years ago and dropped the same class because of a bad Prof & near failing grade. I started my prerequisites in 2008, started the ADN program in 2010 & graduated in December 2012 at age 44. Good luck to you!


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