You are only taking one class.... It's no wonder you are getting an A! - page 6

Ugg.... let me start out by saying this is by no means a slam at those of you taking more than one class..... I'm just venting here.... I am in Anatomy. Yes... it is my ONLY class. But.... I... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    Well, this may be a politically unpopular statement, but it doesn't really matter why people are taking only one class, and I'm not saying you don't have to study to get an A, you do, no question on that.

    However, any way you slice it, it is easier to get a higher grade the fewer classes you take. You don't have demands of other professors interfering with your study time.

    I started at a college this fall taking 16 hours and withdrew, that was 5 classes, because in 4 of them, I had tests EVERY SINGLE DAY and all were reading intensive. I absolutely could not manage that and I thought it was ridiculous. There isn't enough hours in the day to do all of that! It's not like I could do a little in each class and then spend 2 to 3 days focusing on one class for a large exam and then set that class aside of a couple of days to catch the other classes up. Nope, it was reading for retention and you only got one shot at the tests and we didn't go over the material until AFTER the test....yup, most ridiculous thing I ever saw in my college career and that is why I'm changing schools...the other one doesn't do crazy stuff like that.

    So heck yeah it's easier to take one class at a time. People can get mad if they want, but it's the truth.

    What's to get mad at? Makes perfect sense to me because it certainly is true.

    What's irritating is people who point that fact out with disrespect, and without really knowing what else is going on in people's lives. Or they think they are better human beings because they choose to and are able to take on more.

    Luckily I'm not at the point where I need to get a 4.0 on pre-reqs to get into nursing school, but I definately have taken in the past and am taking now one class at a time because it's the easier softer way to learn the most and make the best grade, and still have some semblence of a life, and work full time. I freely admit that.

    Also, I need not disrespect those who can take more and choose to do more. I admire people such as yourself who can handle such a load. I go to school with people who double up classes to get done quicker and I have to give them their props. It is harder and they work much harder than myself.
    Last edit by Tweety on Nov 21, '06
  2. by   live4rachael
    This is just funny - I got the same comment after our 1st test this semester, I got a 100. (Yes, I'm only taking A&P 1 right now...and only have A&P2 and Micro to go before I can apply for the Accelerated BSN program I want). The lady who said that to me is working a full time job and has a teenager; she's taking only 1 more class than me.

    First of all, I don't have any other classes to take with it. (A&P is my first biology class EVER; I did chemistry/physics all through high school and college; I can't exactly take A&P 2 or Micro too). Not that I have the time to anyway, with everything else I'm juggling right now to include a full time job... but when I told her I already did this college thing once before and had a 3.69 GPA in 4 years exactly, full time student WITH a job mind you, and changing my major twice, she said nothing further; I felt redeemed.

    After a few days, I realized, what the heck, I studied TONS for that test and was very proud of my grade, no one gets to ruin my pride including her. I worked my butt off to make sure I understood that stuff and I wanted an A, and I earned it. Her grade impacts me NONE. I want to be a nurse, and I'm almost able to apply to the accelerated program. She won't even be applying to this same program, so my grade impacts her NONE too. I admit, I got very angry when she said that to me at the time - as if her 2nd class makes her "better" than me. But then I realized I just don't care. It doesn't matter if she's jealous, or bitter, or even neither and just needed to vent. I've vowed to not let anyone get under my skin. I'm too excited to be a nurse.
  3. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from live4rachael
    This is just funny - I got the same comment after our 1st test this semester, I got a 100.

    Congrats on your 100%. That's awesome.
  4. by   GAA30
    I truly think that grades depend on the discipline of the individual. I am a mother of three,married,had one child in basketball,one in tae kwon do,I took 12 credit hours a semester, and managed to make straight A's in all classes. A's on every test,quiz, project,final,ect. I finally made a B when I got into the nursing program. We had mid terms last week and my averages are 2A's and a B. Nursing school is stressful and I work my literal butt off to achieve all that I have. Additionally, I am a product of grace and mercy. All this to say I am not bragging. You have to work hard and be disciplined to make it.


    TEXASANGEL thankyou for your compliment. I have faith in you that you will do great as well.
    Last edit by GAA30 on Nov 24, '06
  5. by   lisabeth
    That is awsome about your grades in nursing. Congrats. I hope I will be so disciplined.

    Quote from GAA30
    I truly think that grades depend on the discipline of the individual. I am a mother of three,married,had one child in basketball,one in tae kwon do,I took 12 credit hours a semester, and managed to make straight A's in all classes. A's on every test,quiz, project,final,ect. I finally made a B when I got into the nursing program. We had mid terms last week and my averages are 2A's and a B. Nursing school is stressful and I work my literal butt off to achieve all that I have. Additionally, I am a product of grace and mercy. All this to say I am not bragging. You have to work hard and be disciplined to make it.
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from GAA30
    I truly think that grades depend on the discipline of the individual. I am a mother of three,married,had one child in basketball,one in tae kwon do,I took 12 credit hours a semester, and managed to make straight A's in all classes. A's on every test,quiz, project,final,ect. I finally made a B when I got into the nursing program. We had mid terms last week and my averages are 2A's and a B. Nursing school is stressful and I work my literal butt off to achieve all that I have. Additionally, I am a product of grace and mercy. All this to say I am not bragging. You have to work hard and be disciplined to make it.
    It all depends on what kind of support system you have as well. You can have the best support system in the world, but if you don't study, it doesn't make any difference. On the same token, even a light class load can be a struggle to even pull a B in if you have no support at all, as in small children with no sitter, plus a job. Some people can function well on little to no sleep, some people fall apart if they don't get 9 hours, some people have learning disabilities and it's not that they are dumb, it just may take them longer to review and understand the material to know it well enough for a test. Everyone is different.

    I read one post a month or so ago where one mother was studying from something like 9 pm. to 1 a.m. every night and between work and class she was putting in over 12 hours a day...I could run that schedule for about a week before I would pschologically snap. It has nothing to do with discipline, I would just snap. How I ENVIED, girls I went to school with that could keep crazy schedules.

    I went to school with one girl named Honey who was a PARTY ANIMAL...she rarely went to class, was gone every weekened, she was a 3.8 student when a test came up she could sit down in one sitting, read 250 pages of material with almost perfect recall and walk in to make an A on a test. To this day, I think she had a photographic memory, and was completely unaware of it.

    Honey was just flat out smarter than me....and I'll be the first to admit it. There was no amount of discipline or determination that I could have duplicated her "method" of preparing for an exam.
  7. by   GAA30
    BSNto be,

    I stated an opinion from my vantage point about my life and my grades. For me it takes discipline! I could easily involve myself in many other things aside from studying. I am raising three boys and am tired plenty of the time. By the way they are not teenagers. My husband carries the load financially but, he is at his job 40 hrs a week. Which means the load is mine to bare. So, having said that, it does , in my life,takes discipline. You are absolutely correct every one is different. I AM SOMEONE WHO has to study a week in advance before a test if applicable but, I am not studying all night. I hope you find what works for you and I hope you do well doing it.
  8. by   CuriousMe
    Folks need to take care of their own business in the time that works for them and not worry about their neighbor.

    I will say though that I get annoyed when I express concern about an upcoming exam to a friend or classmate and the response I get is, " Oh, you're smart, you'll do great." While the confidence in my ability to do well is nice, the idea behind it that I'll just magically do well is annoying.

    I do have good grades....but I have them because despite my full time work and full time school sched....I study my but off at every opportunity. I go to work, I go to school, I go to Church and I study....that's about it. Dismissing it with a remark that I'm smart and will do fine, makes it seem like I waltz into the test with little or no forethought. I went to college the first time right out of high school and didn't finish....when I ended I had a GPA of 1.47....I haven't grown smarter since then, I just work harder.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  9. by   GAA30
    Curious me I get the same response. People always say, i know you got an A or don't worry you know you'll do fine. The truth is I do not worry but, the lord and I are always in conversation about Nursing. So, it's always a concern. I love the quote. It is powerful!!!
  10. by   Ado Annie
    I'm of two minds about my "one class" situation. Yes, it's just one class, but I do have a full time job, husband, kids, other responsibilities. And I've been the full-time student at age 20 with virtually no other responsibilities, so I know what that is like, too.

    I will say that the one advantage I have right now is that when I find time or make time to study, there's no question what I'm going to study. I don't have to prioritize school tasks.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I will say that the one advantage I have right now is that when I find time or make time to study, there's no question what I'm going to study. I don't have to prioritize school tasks.
    Never even thought about that, but that's true.
  12. by   lisabeth
    I hear that, but I dont let it bother me. I do let them know that I work really hard to get the grades I get, and, no, it doesnt just come naturally. It just lets me know that others admire my ambition to be the best I can be, but it doesnt bother me to hear that.

    Quote from CuriousMe
    Folks need to take care of their own business in the time that works for them and not worry about their neighbor.

    I will say though that I get annoyed when I express concern about an upcoming exam to a friend or classmate and the response I get is, " Oh, you're smart, you'll do great." While the confidence in my ability to do well is nice, the idea behind it that I'll just magically do well is annoying.

    I do have good grades....but I have them because despite my full time work and full time school sched....I study my but off at every opportunity. I go to work, I go to school, I go to Church and I study....that's about it. Dismissing it with a remark that I'm smart and will do fine, makes it seem like I waltz into the test with little or no forethought. I went to college the first time right out of high school and didn't finish....when I ended I had a GPA of 1.47....I haven't grown smarter since then, I just work harder.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  13. by   smk1
    This whole thread really reminds that it is best not to share grades if you can help it. Just causes problems.

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