You are only taking one class.... It's no wonder you are getting an A! - page 7

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   JeanettePNP
    I'll add my 2c here....
    I agree with the posters that said you have to organize your life the way it works for you. Who cares if someone else takes 5 classes and works 40 hours a week and bakes fresh bread for her 7 children every night and gets straight A's. Don't get sidetracked about what other people can or can't do. You know that you need to take one class at a time, that's what you do. We're not in constant competition about who's smarter, who's more capable, more hardworking or more organized. We have to learn to do what we can handle. I think in the long run the most successful people are the ones who know their own strengths and weaknesses and work with them instead of trying to be something they're not.

    BTW I'm getting A's in my classes too. For one class I have to study for weeks in advance, both because of my schedule and because I'm simply not capable of cramming 6 chapters of cell biology in one night. I study about an hour of bio a night, I get high marks but it's still hard for me to retain all the information. It's important to me to get high marks not because I need to prove to myself or anyone how smart I am, but because I am serious about getting into nursing school and this is what I have to do.
  2. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from nicoleg
    This is not to scare you, but just keep in mind, that any of your prereqs classes can not compare to the NS classes. Nursing program is a fixed program and you can't choose to take only one class. Depending on your school it can be as many as 7 to 15 units at one time. What are you going to do if you have this big of a load? And the classes are completely different. The anatomy will seem like an easy course in comparison to the nursing courses. While I was taking my prereqs, I had A's, but in a NS its different. No matter how hard you try you get either A-, B+ or B's. In my fundamentals class there is not one person who had an A.
    The difference is that once you're in, you're in, and as long as you can maintain a C average you don't have that pressure over grades. Until I get accepted into nursing school I need a 4.0 or as close to it as I can manage. I don't think it affects your nursing career if you had a 3.0 or a 4.0 as long as you can pass your boards.
  3. by   luvmy3kids
    How about this one.....

    A girl in my class took her test on the Rat Dissection the other day. She scored a 100%. When she went back to her lab station, the girl next to her asked her how she did (it was an oral exam)... when she told her that she scored 100... the gal said, "Well you scored 100 because you are cute, young, and within your appropriate weight range"!!! ***??? FWIW, this is a girl in her 30's, married with 3 kids, and while she is cute, for this woman to even incinuate that the instructor would give her an A because of this is rediculous!

    This girl works her butt off! She has been in the lab more hours than you could count... she knew that rat inside and out (literally)... and that is why she did well...

    Why do people have to knock down others accomplisments just to make themselves feel better??? It's sick.
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from luvmy3kids
    Why do people have to knock down others accomplisments just to make themselves feel better??? It's sick.
    Unfortunately, it's not going to end ... especially when you get to nursing school and people start flunking out in even higher numbers. They'll say all kinds of stuff to try to make themselves feel better.

    Just my opinion but ... you really just have to ignore all of it. Anything that distracts you from the task at hand, well ... distracts you from the task at hand. All of the drama and stuff just doesn't help.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 30, '06
  5. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from luvmy3kids
    How about this one.....
    This girl works her butt off! She has been in the lab more hours than you could count... she knew that rat inside and out (literally)... and that is why she did well...
    I haven't taken any labs yet, but is it really necessary to spend hours upon hours in the lab in order to do well? I have kids and a job, and while I can study at home for as many hours as I need to, I simply cannot spend hours away from home in a lab. (Getting worried now.)
  6. by   MB37
    Micro where I took it required an extra hour or two in lab most weeks, but we had a major project due at the end of the semester that had me spending a lot of my free time in lab the last couple of weeks. It depends how much hands on experience they're giving you and how much of that is done in scheduled class time, and whether there is material available online to study from. I'm taking A&P online, and we rarely have to go to campus at all. However, my current school doesn't let us dissect anything whether we take it online or on-campus. Micro I took back in Louisiana before Katrina.
  7. by   luvmy3kids
    Quote from ChayaN
    I haven't taken any labs yet, but is it really necessary to spend hours upon hours in the lab in order to do well? I have kids and a job, and while I can study at home for as many hours as I need to, I simply cannot spend hours away from home in a lab. (Getting worried now.)

    Well, yes....as far as the rat dissection goes, we had to know everything from the submandibular glands to the brachioscephalic artery to the medullary pyramids in the kidney... it took a while to go through and locate everything and then go through it again and remember its location.

    I am only taking Anatomy (obviously, I am the OP) and the course is 3 hours. I spend at least 10 hours outside of class per week studying for the lecture and at least 2-4 hours a week in the lab. In addition to that, I spend about 5 hours a week studying the lab portion of what we have been working on as well.

    So the minimum I spend studying and going to lecture/lab is 20 hours. I usually do more but, I too have kids, outside obligations, and a home and husband....It's not easy, but if you manage your time well, you will do fine.

    Take care and good luck!
  8. by   Irene joy
    When I was in micro and in a&P1,2 I used a lot of on line web sites with wonderful histology slides to study, and ther's all kinds of web sites with bones, real or cadaver, muscles ect.. So it's not always nessecary to spend lots of extra time in the lab.
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from ChayaN
    I haven't taken any labs yet, but is it really necessary to spend hours upon hours in the lab in order to do well? I have kids and a job, and while I can study at home for as many hours as I need to, I simply cannot spend hours away from home in a lab. (Getting worried now.)
    I had to spend a considerable amount of time on my Micro and both A&P lab portions. There is just not enough time to get everything down during class lab time. Our study lab is open on Saturdays, and I even went then plenty of times, sacrificing family time with my husband who works out of town each week. I plan to do it again this coming Saturday morning because I have my last lab test next week. We dissected not only ONE but TWO fetal pigs (bless their little piggy hearts)...one for the circulatory system and the second for the digestive organs, urinary and reproductive organs (you work with a boy and a girl pig). We also dissected a pig heart on its own. Its all very envolved and only the students who go out of their way will get A's. In addition we also have to identify numerous tissues and significant structures under the microscope. Only a small portion has been from pictures in our lab book. They say these are 4 credit hour classes but it is more like double :uhoh21: It was the same in my micro class...I spent many Mondays in the open lab working on stuff, and trust me it's NOT because there is something wrong with me....it's just that difficult to get that A in my school in the pre-nursing science classes! Its been only a handful of students each semester who walk out of these classes with competitive grades. Our school has a nursing program....so it's very tough, they rank 6th in the State. Our teachers pride themselves with producing only the very best and the nursing school loves their own bred. Maybe there are 'easier" micro and A&p classes out there but it's definitely not so at our college.
    The Chemistry classes were different, everything was accomplished in class lab time and I was ablel to study for the lab tests by just reviewing the procedures and results at my leisure. Sometimes half the battle is to make it past uncooperative or downright rude lab partners....I was physically pushed out of the way the other day in my A&P lab, 4 or 5 people "working" on one pig and ALL want to be FIRST!!!!!! You can imagine the rest!!!! I can't learn that way, I need some quiet time!!!! I met with my teacher this morning, on my day off, Luckily my teacher had study lab tutor duty and I had great success and should now do just fine with the little piggy. BTW the "pusher" is no A student....it's horrible what you have to deal with at times.
    Good luck.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Nov 30, '06
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from luvmy3kids
    Well, yes....as far as the rat dissection goes, we had to know everything from the submandibular glands to the brachioscephalic artery to the medullary pyramids in the kidney... it took a while to go through and locate everything and then go through it again and remember its location.

    I am only taking Anatomy (obviously, I am the OP) and the course is 3 hours. I spend at least 10 hours outside of class per week studying for the lecture and at least 2-4 hours a week in the lab. In addition to that, I spend about 5 hours a week studying the lab portion of what we have been working on as well.

    So the minimum I spend studying and going to lecture/lab is 20 hours. I usually do more but, I too have kids, outside obligations, and a home and husband....It's not easy, but if you manage your time well, you will do fine.

    Take care and good luck!
    I can only imagine what it is like to identify rat parts....it's difficult enough on our little piggys.
  11. by   smk1
    Quote from ChayaN
    I haven't taken any labs yet, but is it really necessary to spend hours upon hours in the lab in order to do well? I have kids and a job, and while I can study at home for as many hours as I need to, I simply cannot spend hours away from home in a lab. (Getting worried now.)
    For certain units...yes. We had human cadavers and our instructor made tests where each question tested probably 3-4 things at a time. Parts could be pinned from within other organs, from different sides etc... You had to know your anatomy inside out to do be able to name the part, names of the cells that make up the part and the function, and then he'd additonally ask things like name 2 hormones that are secreted and their function etc... If you don't have cadavers then, I think you could come it and take really good close up pictures of the bones and models and take them home to study. For microsope work and cadavers though, you really need to get in there for the extra time. All depends on how hard your instructor is and the types of materials available at your school.
  12. by   smk1
    There are good websites to study from for histology and bones.
  13. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from SMK1
    There are good websites to study from for histology and bones.
    WEll, in my class it's like this...he'll go over things once in class...then you better get to the bio study lab and study HIS slides for the histology parts of the lab tests...Internet stuff won't get you what you need to know, I tried it and even though there is tons of stuff out there it hasn't proven very useful in my classes, particular if it gets into the nitty gritty of things. He is not a "just scratch the surface" kind of guy.

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