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Hello everyone! I am taking pathophysiology for next semester and i am kind of worried cause i know that it is gonna be hard. How can i survive through this semester? please can anyone help me get through this coming semester in a smooth way. I want some feedback from people who took it, and if you have any extra notes or important things that i need to know before taking that class. welcome to comment on that! Thanks
I taught Pathophysiolgy. I suspect if you follow the good advice you've already gotten here, you'll do fine. Just be sure you keep up, don't think you can cram it all in prior to exams.
One additional thing I found when I had students who failed their first exam or two. They would always come to my office in tears saying "Oh, Dr. _____, I was just SURE I understood it all before the exam!" After talking to them for a while, it became clear that they understood, but only on a very superficial level.
Here's what I recommended they do.
1) tape the lectures
2) in a quiet study area listen to the lecture with your hand on the stop button.
3) every phrase or concept, shut off the tape recorder, try to write what the lecturer said IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
That was the key. It forced them to, in effect, give the lecture over again, but to themselves, in bits and pieces and words and phrases that made sense to them. Frequently they would run into something in the lecture that they realized... after trying to put it in their own words... that they didn't get. They then had a choice: 1. look it up in their book and/or 2. ask me what I meant. (Sometimes I wasn't as clear as I should have been. It happens!)
This system works especially for classes where most of the exam questions are taken from lecture. When that is the case, use the book for clarification... but focus heavily on the lectures. Know them cold.
When the kids who came to me failing did what I told them to do, they improved their scores on subsequent exams by up to two letter grades.
It's tedious and takes a lot of time (maybe three hours per hour of lecture) but if your fanny gets in a crack, so to speak, give this a try.
Oh! And one more VERY important thing. Be SURE you get good sleep before the exam. The kids who stayed up late to cram ALWAYS made stupid mistakes and would kick themselves after each test.