You are only taking one class.... It's no wonder you are getting an A! - page 8

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   catzy5
    Quote from stpauligirl
    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.

    the websites helped me as a study tool, however I still needed to go to the lab, especially the bones there is no way to see all the fossas, fissures etc, on a one dimensional computer screen you have to pick the bones up and manipulate them. Samething with the muscles we are using cats and a cadaver just no way to see those on a website or in a book.

    I do a lot of study for AP thru out the day and have set times to do certain things. my class is a fri/sat class I always stay after on Saturdays sometimes on Fridays if someone is watching my kids. I occasionally would go into the lab on tuesdays after my chem class. Other then that I did all my work at home, on average I would say I would do about 2-3 hours extra a week in lab.
  2. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from catzy5
    the websites helped me as a study tool, however I still needed to go to the lab, especially the bones there is no way to see all the fossas, fissures etc, on a one dimensional computer screen you have to pick the bones up and manipulate them. Samething with the muscles we are using cats and a cadaver just no way to see those on a website or in a book.

    I do a lot of study for AP thru out the day and have set times to do certain things. my class is a fri/sat class I always stay after on Saturdays sometimes on Fridays if someone is watching my kids. I occasionally would go into the lab on tuesdays after my chem class. Other then that I did all my work at home, on average I would say I would do about 2-3 hours extra a week in lab.
    You are so right about those bones....it's a comlplete different story if you don't get to physically handle them. Pictures and the actual 3 dimensional structures are like two different worlds....the same with the pigs, it's one thing on a picture but if you see it in real you go .....What the h....:spin:
    I spend at least 2 to 3 hours outside the class lab, too.
    But we must be doing something right or we wouldn't be as successful as we are. Good luck to you, the semester is almost over....one more week,3 more tests!
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Nov 30, '06
  3. by   JaxiaKiley
    Some people just have to make excuses for their failures. Don't let it get to you.
  4. by   smk1
    Quote from stpauligirl
    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.
    Hey, I agree with you about getting into the lab, but for someone who just can't get enough time in there, these things will help. My instructor is one of the A&P national exit exam founders and writers. No way you will pass his class without knowing your stuff.
  5. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from stpauligirl
    I spend at least 2 to 3 hours outside the class lab, too.
    2-3 hours a day? A week? A semester?

    If I know this is what I need to do, I will factor it in when scheduling the classes and make sure I can work my schedule around extra lab time. Well I'm not going to be doing A&P for about another year anyway, given my current life situation.
  6. by   RN BSN 2009
    The other students are using it as a coping mechanism to make themselves feel better about their grade.
  7. by   catzy5
    Quote from ChayaN
    2-3 hours a day? A week? A semester?

    If I know this is what I need to do, I will factor it in when scheduling the classes and make sure I can work my schedule around extra lab time. Well I'm not going to be doing A&P for about another year anyway, given my current life situation.


    I would say I average that a week of outside lab hours. My class gets over at 2pm I usually stay till about 4 sometimes more sometimes less, I also make time to come in during the week if I have a project I am working on, we had 3 big ones this semester. Histology, bones and muscles. Bones by far you could not do out side the lab as I mentioned before. Sometimes when I stayed after too it wasn't all just for the lab sometimes I would just stay as a nice quiet place to study, husband was home with the kids and the class empties at 2 it was very bennificial study time.
  8. by   Irene joy
    I was lucky that in my class, part of our scedualed time was about 4 hours a week in the lab with the teacher, right after our lecture, so we got ample time to study the bones or muscles in person, and we got pretty much open access to the cadaver during class. This made review on the internet helpful as it was extra study time for me. I agree that the internet alone would not help nearly as much, hard to visualize the detailes if you hav'nt held them in person.
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from ChayaN
    2-3 hours a day? A week? A semester?

    If I know this is what I need to do, I will factor it in when scheduling the classes and make sure I can work my schedule around extra lab time. Well I'm not going to be doing A&P for about another year anyway, given my current life situation.
    2-3 hrs a week, at a minimum in A&P.
    In Micro it could be as much as an entire Monday morning depending on how the tests and stains came along, particularly when we started to work on our unknown specimen

    This is what went on in my A&P2 class today just to give you an example. we have 4 lecture and 3 labtests and one final, all tests count the same and we can drop one except the final....our last labtest is next Wednesday, people who haven't spent extra time in lab are opting to drop that particular test and rather put all they got into lecture test 4 which will be on Friday. However here is the catch: he hasn't even finished lecturing for lecture test 4 and will do so on Monday, it's a lot of information and i feel it is not enough time to study for and do well.... I can live without doing so well on lecture test 4 since I have a high average in the class. The lab tests are much "easier" than the lecture tests because it's strict memorization of TONS of structures on fetal pig, slides and pictures, only few general questions. There is just no way around it you got to study study study and then some more. Our final is the following monday and he has already announce not to expect the same questions from previous tests....study notes!!!! More study study study . All together it's 3 tests in the upcoming 11 days (and each day only has 24 hrs) in ONE class. One student said today that she isn't as successful in this class as she would like (wants to go to medical school) because she doesn't have the extra hands-on time to spend outside class time on lab, her lecture test results aren't enough to give her an A. It's very important to plan ahead and adjust your life so that you have enough time for the class once you sign up for it. Plan well and you will get a competitive grade...don't be fooled, in most nursing schools it has to be A's and nothing less to get in. The key is to get competitive grades or you will only waste your time and money. This isn't to torture you, just plain: "How to get into nursing school reality". I wish you the best of luck!
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Dec 1, '06
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from catzy5
    I would say I average that a week of outside lab hours. My class gets over at 2pm I usually stay till about 4 sometimes more sometimes less, I also make time to come in during the week if I have a project I am working on, we had 3 big ones this semester. Histology, bones and muscles. Bones by far you could not do out side the lab as I mentioned before. Sometimes when I stayed after too it wasn't all just for the lab sometimes I would just stay as a nice quiet place to study, husband was home with the kids and the class empties at 2 it was very bennificial study time.
    The same here, home is not always the best place to study.....too many distractions. Even my furry family members can get in the way. We have a nice study lab and have everything available including the pigs so we can study at our leisure....I'll meet a friend tomorrow morning for study group.

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