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A&P I.........Love it or hate it??

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I'll be taking A&P this semester and have heard many people say they flunked the class because it was so hard and they hated it. On the other end of the spectrum have heard people say they love it. I know it's a lot crammed in all at once and I'm getting nervous about it. Most of the reactions I've been getting is that A&P is the only class I should take this semester because it's so hard. I'm taking 5 classes altogether. Are they exaggerating or are possibly the ones who didn't really study? Anyone have any thoughts on this or any info you can give me? I'd appriciate it, thanks! :)

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maire has 13 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Adult Med-Surg and Rehab.

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A&P is a lot of work. There's a lot of information to learn! I loved it; but then I've always been fascinated by anatomy and how the body works. Some of it was tedious (ok a LOT of it was), and I spent HOURS with notecards studying and memorizing and studying and memorizing and zzzzzzz...

I think I took A&P with one other class (English? Been a while), but then, I have been a part-time student since the beginning of time.

5 classes at one time, one of which is A&P? You're going to have a LOT to study. I wouldn't presume to tell you what classes to take, so I'll just wish you Good luck! :)

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studentnurse74 is a LPN, LVN and specializes in Gynecology/Oncology.

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I would say that taking A and P with 4 other classes is a bit much. That's my opinion. I really had a hard time with that class. I did study a lot, and still got a C. I think I would've liked the class, but b/c it was so crammed, I didn't enjoy it. It all depends on your instructor and how your class is set up, too.

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A&P is a lot of work. There's a lot of information to learn! I loved it; but then I've always been fascinated by anatomy and how the body works. Some of it was tedious (ok a LOT of it was), and I spent HOURS with notecards studying and memorizing and studying and memorizing and zzzzzzz...

I think I took A&P with one other class (English? Been a while), but then, I have been a part-time student since the beginning of time.

5 classes at one time, one of which is A&P? You're going to have a LOT to study. I wouldn't presume to tell you what classes to take, so I'll just wish you Good luck! :)

Hi, and thanks for replying..so soon. :p I am taking Eng 101, Intro to computers, A&P, pre-algebra and a humanities (no sure which one yet). Those are fairly easy classes other than a&p. Plus I'll have 3 days off of school to study too. I hate memorizing things..UGH! Do you have any good study tips for tihs particular class?

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I took Ap 1 and 2 and I took a full load and I will never do that again it was tough and alot of study at least 10 hrs more if you wanted an A ours was 100 quest fill in the blank! pop quizes and lab test. I ended up with a C It was nerve racking my advice is try not to be so nervous because this is a new experience.

GOOD LUCK if your fairly book smart you can take on more classes 23_32_5.gif

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twarlik specializes in CICu, ICU, med-surg.

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I took A&P 1 with 4 other classes and managed to pull a 4.0 that semester. It can be done! It's a lot of material, but it's certainly within the reach of anyone who is determined and works hard. Study hard and don't get behind in your reading, that's pretty much the only advice I can offer you.

Good luck.

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Deb123j has 7 years experience and specializes in Trauma, MICU.

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I would say I had a love/hate relationship going with A&P I. I loved learning about the bones and the "bigger" parts of the body. But when it came to the cells and the tissues (the micro stuff) - I would fall asleep while reading the book!!! :chuckle

I just tried to get the attitude that this stuff is fasinating! :chuckle Sometimes it worked - othertimes...ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz..........

Just make sure to drink lots of caffeine!!! :rolleyes:

Lots of luck!!!!!

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Hi soulshine75

I love A&P, but the class is extremely difficult. And I was a dedicated honor student. However, every college and professor is different. My professor was a perfectionist; she would take points off for everything from spelling to stapling papers in the wrong corner. I'm not kidding. I will say this much, I took it along side Spanish, and thought I would die. But it all depends on what kind of student you are. Do you have employment commitments, family, married, do you have time to dedicate all of your waking hours to studying? I'll say this much, a good friend of mine from Europe, was a borderline genus, (she had taken classes at Harvard, 4.0 GPA, tested into Calculus 2, at the entrance exam, and had toured internationally reading her own personal writings.) Sadly, because she had not received her renewal visa in time she ended up having to take classes at a community college, until she did in order to continue at Harvard (some legal crap). Anyway to make a long story short she took, A&P 1, Chemistry 1, Music history, Advanced drawing, Spanish II, and English Comp II; keep in mind she had only been speaking the English language for a year and worked 50 hours a week. At the end of it all, she ended up with an A in everything. But let me tell you she was an extraordinary student. She told me as well as others that after class she would work till 11:00pm take a nap until 2:00am make coffee and study until class started at 9:00am and on Saturday and Sundays she would work nights and study during the day. If you ask me she was a genus slash insomniac; but she claimed it was just that her education and up bringing in Europe is just more advanced, which gave her so much more advantage. However she admitted to me, she struggled very bad with A&P and swore she would not advise taking all those classes with it. In fact, when it came time for A&P 2 she only took it with Microbiology and Music history 2.. So the moral of the story is: it depends on what type of student you are, what are the other classes you plan to take with it; and, are you willing/able to give up the rest of your life during the semester. My opinion, keep all the other classes as simply as possible, and find out if perhaps some classes can wait till summer or the next semester, A&P 2 is a little easier then A&P 1 especially if the other classes are some what simpler.

P.S. As for my friend, she is now back at Harvard going for her MD, what she didn't realize is that they don't except credit from Community Colleges. :angryfire :crying2:

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Achoo! is a LPN and specializes in Urgent Care.

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I loved A&P 1. It was definately alot of work, but that is the type of stuff I was waiting to learn about. I was sick of the english, sociology, psych stuff. I was ready to get into the meat and potatoes of the program. I start A&P 2 this fall.

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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Loved it! Hated the work, but loved it. To me it's the backbone and foundation of nursing courses to come. Study hard and good luck.

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suzy253 is a RN and specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

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Took Anatomy & Physiology separately. I actually found both courses very interesting but they were hard. So much to learn in such a short period of time. Anatomy plus anatomy lab--bones, nerves, etc. etc. Dissection of cats (ugh). Plus I was taking anatomy right after my clinicals so my classmates and I were exhausted.....clinicals with care plans, plus nursing 100 & 101, dosage calc course, psychology & nutrition courses...all in semester 1. No wonder I'm

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abundantjoy07 is a RN and specializes in ER, Medicine.

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i took both of my ap courses with full course loads (15 hours). it wasn't that bad to me. i was excited about it because it is the backbone of nursing. it's a really important course. i figured that if i didn't do well in it i'd stink in everything else in school. it was interesting and fun so it really wasn't that bad at all. the labs sometimes aren't that great. they can be boring if you are dissecting something.:rotfl:

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