I have never taken Micriobiology before....

  1. [font=book antiqua]i usually do pretty well in science, however, i know that microbiology is
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    [font=book antiqua]supposed to be a little more intense. are there any games, videos, guides,
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    [font=book antiqua]cards, books, or materials out there that can help me to get a jump
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    [font=book antiqua]start before taking this class? i basically want to self-teach ahead of time...@
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    [font=book antiqua]least what i can.
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    [font=book antiqua]thanks in advance!
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  3. by   JenRN2011
    I enjoyed Micro and I took in the summer. The lecture was not as interesting as the lab. Study and you will do fine.

    Jenn
  4. by   Chapis
    i enjoyed micro so much, i wish it was a year long class because there is so much to go over that sometimes i wished we could go in detail, but anyways, the only thing i can think of is to ask which book your instuctor will be using for you to buy it before-hand and start reading it. if you know which insturctor you'll be having, send him an email and ask if you can have a lecture schedule, some don't go in order, and that way, you're reading ahead.

    good luck.
  5. by   donnasRN
    I took it last fall and loved it. It's not all memorization like the A&Ps were, you have to perform experiments, stains, write papers, etc. To study the stains used, I'd get an index card with a droplet of each stain, the name and what test/bacteria it's for so you have a visual. We had to perform a gram stain for our midterm so memorize the steps if it's going to be on yours as well. Also, be able to differentiate between gram + and gram - bacteria, cocci, rods, staph, strep, etc. You'll learn all of this in class so just study your notes and you'll do fine. You can PM me if you ever need any help.
  6. by   *guest*
    Thanks pals! Can any of you suggest a "beginners" book to me? LOL

    I know that I will have A&P, so I have already ordered the study guides

    and coloring books for them..just so that I know SOME stuff ahead of time.

    I have never taken either one of these classes and I am determined to

    keep @ least a 3.5 GPA in Nursing School....heck, I'm really trying for a 4.0, but

    I want to be realistic LOL.
  7. by   sbyramRN
    I lived Micro. Much better than A & P.
  8. by   donnasRN
    Quote from CocoBella
    Thanks pals! Can any of you suggest a "beginners" book to me? LOL

    I know that I will have A&P, so I have already ordered the study guides

    and coloring books for them..just so that I know SOME stuff ahead of time.

    I have never taken either one of these classes and I am determined to

    keep @ least a 3.5 GPA in Nursing School....heck, I'm really trying for a 4.0, but

    I want to be realistic LOL.
    Not sure, I never purchase anything more than what my professor says we need... I just go by notes taken and textbooks, but I rarely use those either lol - I'm a good note taker so that's all I rely on, and I've been able to maintain a 4.0. You can check if there are any "Made Incredibly Easy" books for Micro, but I'd say wait until you've started and feel out the class before flooding yourself with a bunch of information your instructor might not cover.
  9. by   Crux1024
    Micro was SO much easier for me than A&P I or II (not sure why, I just throughly actually enjoyed it!). I purchased just the textbook and a recommended supplemental guide and I was fine.

    What helped me through though, was doing a google image search to try and analyze/memorize the shapes and appearances of types of bacteria that I may have had on an upcoming lab exam or something similar.

    Good Luck! Sounds like youre determined.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    I adored Micro! You can consider purchasing a Microbiology coloring book. I did, and it taught me well! Also, there is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microbiology to get a nice sense of it, and it's cheap...you can order it from Amazon for less than $20. In fact, somehow, Micro brought me to understand it's role in nursing moreso than Anatomy (if that was ever possible). I looked forward to going to the class, enjoyed the experience and it was my highest grade in the sciences to date.
  11. by   dailybungalow
    I found this website to be a great source while I was looking up my pathogens for reports: http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/index.html

    It's easy to search and find the info that you need for the hard questions. There's a little more there than you probably need to know but who knows how much detail you might want to go into. I have it bookmarked cause it never hurts to have a FREE resource.

    Micro was my favorite class too.
  12. by   ECatSchClea
    I found that when my Micro text/lab manual were lacking in photos of specific bugs, stains, procedures, etc the CDC's website was extremely informative!

    I do have to admit that I found Micro pretty easy (I was worried about the class, too). I think this site may also help you get an understanding of what the course will cover: http://scienceprofonline.googlepages...crobiologyhelp

    Ooooh, and this is pretty specific, but the topic I had the most difficulty with was DNA replication. There are some wonderful videos on YouTube that go over the lagging/leading strand concept very well when my text did not!

    Good luck - let me know if you ever need help!
  13. by   Platypus
    Unlike a lot of people who have answered you, I found Micro harder than A&P. I am a visual learner, so A&P I understood better since there were so many pictures to connect the information. Micro was a lot of info about microbes and nothing visually to connect it with. I had to put the information into picture form to get it into my head better. It worked for me - I got an A in the class. I don't think you need to study ahead. Just keep up with the course content and you will be fine.
  14. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Find out the textbook being used and get a copy right now -- even if it's an older edition (which can be found very cheap via Amazon or eBay (aka Half)).

    Two books that I highly recommend in addition:

    1) Microbiology: A Photographic Atlas for the Laboratory by Alexander & Strete
    2) Microbiology Study Guide: Key Review Questions & Answers

    I was one of 3 A's out of 50 people in my class and these books were part of the reason.

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