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Do You all think this is crazy??

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Ok so this is my first semester back at school for a long time, (like 5 years) and the first semester im taking a full load. I have 4 kids from 3-8 yrs old, and i am getting really nervous!! im taking:

A&P 1 w/lab,

Pre Alg and then Algebra online (im gonna try to finish both this semester)

Gen. Psych

Phil ethics of living and dying

Do you all think this is doable? Im willing to work really hard, and i also am the kind of person that usually doesnt have to study and i still get good grades, but i keep hearing that that all goes out the window with nursing prereqs because they are sooo hard. anyway pleeease somebody give me an idea of what im getting myself into : ) thanks!@ monica

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NoviceRN10

Has 5 years experience.

As long as you have time away from your little people to study you should be alright. My four children were aged 5 and younger when I started my pre-reqs and I survived :).

VenaKavaRN

Specializes in LTC, Cardiac Step-Down.

From what I can see A&P I is gonna be your hardest class. You WILL have to study for that one. I'm the same kind of person that can do well without studying a vast amount, but A&P isn't that way.

Depending how you are at math (I'm useless), the Alg classes may or may not give you issues. Online classes are good because you can do them any time you get a few minutes, which will help you considerably. If you're decent at it, you shouldn't have a problem. If you're useless at it like me, then it might take a few hours a week of extra study to get it down pat.

Psych and Ethics are your "soft sciences", and they shouldn't be too bad. Depends on instructor, but usually undergrad classes don't make things harder than they have to be. I usually have a better time with psych-y classes because I retain info well, like you. I wouldn't anticipate much studying beyond class time for those.

Personally, I haven't found nursing pre-reqs to be very hard (excluding A&P). I'm taking a nursing Family Development class this semester, and on her tests she does the whole "you have to pick the MOST right answer out of a couple of right ones" thing. But this is the first time I've encountered something "hard" like that and this is a junior level nursing class. So plan a few hours a week to sit down and get up close and personal with your anatomy and I think you'll be fine :) Don't stress!

coolpeach

Specializes in ER/Ortho.

The only thing I would be worried about it the online Algebra. I have talked to several people who have tried to take it online, and didn't do well. The problem is you can't really ask questions, and all you have is the few examples they show you. If your also taking pre algebra it makes me wonder if your ready for algebra. Math is like building a house and without the foundation the rest will fall. If your just taking it as refresher then your ok, but if you actually need to take it I would consider putting algebra off until after your done.

A&P is your only concern, the rest of the classes are fairly easy and should be able to manage.

The only thing I would be worried about it the online Algebra. I have talked to several people who have tried to take it online, and didn't do well. The problem is you can't really ask questions, and all you have is the few examples they show you. If your also taking pre algebra it makes me wonder if your ready for algebra. Math is like building a house and without the foundation the rest will fall. If your just taking it as refresher then your ok, but if you actually need to take it I would consider putting algebra off until after your done.

I took all the way up to Algebra II in high school, but when i took my assessments for my freshman year, i kinda didnt care about them because i never thought id take a math class again (I hate math and had no idea i was gonna go into nursing) SO from what i rememeber (this was 9 yrs ago when i was 17) i kinda just did the easy ones and filled in random bubbles for the questions i actually had to think about, so i tested back then into Pre algebra, even though im probably capable of much higher math. I could have taken the assessment again but i would have had to wait a couple months for results. Anyway, i think it will be a good refresher for me anyway. they have the online class set up where you can take the final for pre alg anytime during the semester and add onto Alg I right then. I am REALLY hoping to get both classes done this semester if possible, which is a big challenge, so wish me luck! monica

Hoping4RNin2010

Specializes in ICU. Has 3 years experience.

I too am worried that I may have taken on more than I can handle. I haven't been in school in 18 years, have 3 children (ages 8 months, 3 years and 8 years) and I work p/t. I am taking 3 courses online (eng comp II, intro to sociology and Life Span psych) and 3 on campus (Problem solving Math, Intro to chem, (with a weekly extra help class) and some 1 credit class they make everyone take.

My online classes have already posted our first assignments and so I have started doing them. I can NOT believe how much reading is involved in my english II class. The first weeks module was reading chapters 1-4 which is about 150 pages.

I am just trying to work on it every time the kids are watching a movie or eating..or sleeping..*sigh*

Good luck to you!

Kim

RN2bemommyof3

Specializes in none but hope to have one soon.

I just wanted to say you can do it!! I have 3 kids (19mnts-5yrs) and am taking a full load. A&PI being one of the courses. If you make a schedule and stick with it you'll be ok!

Good luck,

Kimberly

JustinTJ, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac. Has 12 years experience.

I feel your concern as well. Although I don't have kids, this is my first time back in school since 97-98. My schedule is:

A&P I

Sociology

Human Growth and Dev

Nutrition (online)

Math (online)

This will be fun, but the best advice I've ever gotten is by far:

http://www.ratemyprofessor.com

Well there's only one way to find out. lol. What's hard for one person might be not so hard to the next.. I don't think *I* could handle that load but I'm sure it's been done before and will work out just fine! GOOD LUCK! :)

Call me crazy, but when I was taking alg with my A&P, I loved it!! I called algebra my "relaxation" homework. I didn't have to really think about it... I just had to solve the problems!!

Call your school and see if you can Clep out of the general psych. class. They have a Clep test for that. It usually costs around $60 and then you study the Clep study guide for that subject on your own and then take the test. It is pass or fail and does not effect your GPA. It will save you some time and money. My four kids are age 1-9 and for me I know four classes would be too much in one semester. Good luck!

what does Clep mean????? haha i am not used to all these schooly school terms yet

what does Clep mean????? haha i am not used to all these schooly school terms yet

College Level Examination Program. Most universities and colleges have the program if not all of them. You can get the study guides from http://www.rea.com I may CLEP out of the developmental psychology class that I need to still take. I first need to check with my school to make sure they accept that CLEP test for the Growth and Human Development class. They did have a note on the CLEP paperwork I already picked up from my university that it wouldn't be accepted for students majoring in Psychology. That is not my major so I should be ok. I just need it for my nursing prerequisite. You would just have to check with your college or nursing school.