Is Microbiology really that scary - page 2
Hi everyone, I start school in four weeks and one of my first classes is microbiology. I have heard major horror stories about this one. How scared should I be?:confused:... Read More
Dec 10, '02Occupation: full time nursing student Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 53Thank you all for your encouraging words. I am so obsessed with starting school that it is all I can talk about. It's nice to finally speak to people who understand. My boyfriend looks at me with a confused look and says that he's never seen anyone this excited to go back to school. He thinks I'm nuts. Well if I am there is something wonderful to say about insanity!!
Dec 10, '02Occupation: Telemetry RN Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 228; Likes: 1bet,
I totally understand. I love school and can't wait to get back in.
As for Micro, I really enjoyed it. And amazingly, I remembered a good bit that helped me out in nursing classes. It is a hard course, but I think you'll do fine. This is a course where you will really need the info for your nursing courses.
Dec 10, '02Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 281I had a wonderful instructor and he made it a great learning experience - I was scared to take it too but absolutely loved it
Dec 10, '02Occupation: pre-nursing student, secretary - non-medical Joined: Jan '01; Posts: 1,761; Likes: 46Well Bet, as I sit here in front of my open Micro book and the computer I will tell you that my class has not been that bad.
I think it all really depends on the instructor and the book. My book gives way too much information and specifics for a first level class. So, when I get to lecture my instructor just basically blurbs out some main points straight from the book. We do a whole chapter in about a half hour. All of our exams are open book and in groups.
I will tell you though, that I thought the class was really boring in the beginning because we covered a lot of stuff learned in bio. like cell structure, genus, species, etc. but now at the end of the course we are covering chapters that deal more with how microbes affect humans and different types of diseases.
Good luck, I'm sure you will do well.
Dec 10, '02Occupation: homemaker Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 175; Likes: 2I'm just finishing up Micro this semester (actually, I just had my Lab final earlier this morning) and it has been my most challenging class. I have studied and studied and studied some more--even in my sleep, I think. However, it has also been one of my most favorite classes, too, because my professor is awesome! She's very smart and cute and has a great personality. I think I'm gonna end up with an A in there--WOO HOO!!!
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that, like any other class, how easy or hard it is depends mainly on your professor. Micro is difficult and was harder for me than A and P, but here's a word to the wise--if you just coast through Micro without a hitch and without really having to study, you're either a genius and I want your brain, or you have a bad professor. This is information that you'll need to know later on if you're going into the health profession, so you need a professor that is going to challenge you to retain the information, not just regurgitate it for a test.
Best of luck!!!
Dec 10, '02Occupation: full time nursing student Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 53I'll be sure to let everyone know how it's going next semester. Thanks again
Dec 10, '02Joined: Jan '01; Posts: 3,354; Likes: 62you need a professor that is going to challenge you to retain the information, not just regurgitate it for a test.
Dec 10, '02Occupation: full time nursing student Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 53The way that my school has it set up you have to attend the class, the lab and then a mandatory one hour review session. They say it helps people a lot.
Dec 10, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 125i learned a great lesson one day....don't believe what other people say....make the decision for yourself.....go into your class with a neutral attitude....better yet, go into your class with a positive attitude.....remember the little engine that could?....you can do it......without other people's opinions influencing your thoughts..........many people like broccoli...but they had to take a taste of it to know if they did. GOOD LUCK!!!
Dec 11, '02Occupation: Full time student Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 758; Likes: 2Originally posted by bet0326
I start school in four weeks and one of my first classes is microbiology. I have heard major horror stories about this one. How scared should I be?
Dec 11, '02Occupation: Critical Care Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 2,629; Likes: 20I loved Micro, just look at it as a puzzle to solve. I remember my final where we had to find the unknown, it was so interesting.
Dec 11, '02Occupation: Student Nurse Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 8My senior year in high school I had a micro class with the best teacher ever. I absolutely loved it. But when I got to nursing school, unfortunately I hated it. I had the most horrible teacher. The info was still interesting, though. Hopefully you'll have a great teacher and you'll learn a lot. Good luck!
Dec 11, '02Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 61; Likes: 1Yes, I agree with having a good instructor helps.
I enjoyed micro. I wish I would have taken it a little more seriously though because every class from there on out built upon it. You will do fine. Enjoy Micro!