i can relate to what you're going through...i struggled with this also, but ultimately got through it with an "a." one person wrote that he/she tried to do chem during a condensed summer session and that it was a bad experience...i had no choice but to do it during a condensed summer session after failing it during the regular year, and it turned out to be the best thing i could have done! we did a year's worth of chem in 6 weeks...alot of advisors said it was "academic suicide," but i found that because we had to "eat, drink, and breathe" chemistry for 6 weeks, well, it was all i had to do. the concentrated focus really chiseled your brain for it, and i got an "a." so it's different for everyone, i guess.
that was a long time ago...now, i homeschool my 2 highschool sons, and i have an idea for you. the best science curriculum, imo, is aplogia by dr. jay wile.
here's a link for you to read about it: http://www.apologia.com/collegeprep.php
. there is a less expensive place where you can purchase it, rainbow resources. here's a link to their site, the page where apologia chem is offered: http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodl...&category=2706
this is a curriculum that is written for students who are self-directed learners, self-teachers. that's very different than your typical science textbook designed for classroom use. we purchase the student text, solutions manual, and the audio book mp3, which is simply the textbook read aloud to you, word for word. you can read it by yourself, silently, but i find that following along while someone reads it aloud to you is better. makes it "stick" more, and if something is confusing, you realize it right away, and can stop and go back. sometimes reading silently you're just tired, and you'll gloss over things. then we get the lab supplies...but in the book, dr. wile offers substitutions for some items that you may just have around the house, so that can bring the cost down.
anyway, doing it on your own, at home, will save you a lot of time...you can work at your own pace. if you have q's during your study that you can't figure out, you can call apologia, and they will help you (only for their customers...don't try calling during nursing school pre-req's at your other colleges!) with your studies. also, you won't have the problems of showing dropped or incomplete classes on your transcript, low grade, re-takes, etc. if you drop a class, you may get away with sitting in on the lectures, but in chem lab you have to work with a partner...if you're not registered for the course anymore, the numbers won't work. you can't work on your own, and you cannot be partnered with someone. i found the lab to be more challenging to me than the coursework was. it is a huge part of your grade. if you do the home study course, you can get the lab concepts down. once you take it for a grade and for credit, then, you'll be doing the same things conceptually, just with more expensive equipment and supplies, but you'll have a good idea of the concepts behind the results...that's key!
good luck to you!
lori, rn bsn