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Help I'm failing Anatomy for a 2nd time?

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by candicethacker candicethacker (New) New

I keep failing anatomy, this is the 2nd time taking it and I am failing it again. My school only allows 1 repeat of a failed class out of the 3 pre-req's of Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology. If I can't pass anatomy, how can I pass the other 2? Not to mention, schools will see my F from my first attempt of Anatomy. My grades in other courses aren't A's but at least they are passing. I have a strong desire to be a nurse, but I feel as though it might not happen. I just took my last exam tonight, and a lot of the questions didn't line up with the lecture videos, I tried to read the text book on the last exam, but the professor told me I don't need to read the book, just go off the videos and power point slides. If that's true, why do I keep failing? I feel like I am cramming a lot in my brain, I can't memorize all this stuff at once, its too hard, and I am not at all understanding the material, its like my professor is not speaking english. Don't get me wrong he's super cool and all, but sometimes I think he rambles on, and I'm like huh? How can I become a registered nurse? I'm afraid to go to a private school, because they go even faster with material.

anatomy and physiology is really just memorization and it's pretty hard to do without mneunomics. I always used the "for dummies" or mometrix version of whatever class I was in for about $25. It annoys me that colleges make you purchase textbooks by making you do those quizzes at the end of each chapter. Has anatomy & physiology really changed much in the last 10 years? College Algebra different version every 4 years? it's ridiculous. The mometrix is about 1/5 as long as the textbook and will teach you about 95% of the material. Adderall is something I didn't get on until my mid-20's and I really wonder what my academic history would have been like if I had had it in high school. I thought being spacey or the feeling like you're in a dream-like state was normal, almost like there was this invisible barrier between me and the outside that always kept me being an observer. I don't know, it's hard to explain. I think you should think about getting on some ADD medication and see how that affects your memory retention.

If your program has a retention coordinator, don’t waste any time getting an appointment to see this person or someone in the academic counseling center. Can you align with an A student who likes to help? At this point you need to figure out what is wrong and start drastic measures or it will be over before you start.  First take a deep breath, then calmly plan what you will do before you get started.

nomadd917

Specializes in Student.

I am taking AP-1, AP-2, and Micro in the same semester this fall. AP is split into 2 8 week courses. I have completed 1 already. The thing I have realized about these classes is that it is a lot of work. Let me repeat, IT IS A LOT OF WORK!! It is 12 credit hours but it feels like 24. I spend 25-30 hours a week at a minimum studying, reading, doing homework, and watching different lectures of the same material on Youtube.  My method of studying is this:

1. Read the chapter and study body parts and try to have 85%+ memorized before class. Memorize all key terms and their definitions listed in the chapter. 

2. Attend Lecture. I do not take notes and focus 100% on listening to what is being said. 

3. Do the chapter homework/associated lab.

4. Watch lecture on Youtube of the same material but presented by someone else. There are a lot of good Youtube channels that present this information very well.  

5. read chapter power point slides 2-3 times

6. Take chapter quizzes to help study 

8. re-do homework/lab if grade was less than a 90. 

9. memorize all body parts 

repeat for each chapter.....

 

For memorizing all the body parts, repetition is key. First I will look at the figures in the book of the body parts and work on one figure at a time to try and memorize it. Then I will usually draw the body parts out myself and label them from scratch, noting what areas I cannot remember. Then I will take a blank body part worksheet and try and fill it out completely from memory. The things that I miss or am not certain on I will focus on those areas to refine my memorization until I have it all down.

 

ns12

Specializes in Dreamer.

There is already a lot of great information on how to prepare for classes/ how to improve your grades in these prereqs. I just want to say do not give up! You can do this! Even if your school limits the amount of times you can repeat a course there will be other schools that look at other things besides the number of times you have taken a pre-req. Trust me, I thought I would never get into a nursing school because of my pre-reqs, but I did. People learn differently. You might not yet know the best way for you to learn. I know it is crazy right now, but take some time to get help and also check out resources on Allnurses about people that were in a similar situation as you. Going through posts on here definitely helped me while I was applying. Best of luck to you! Please do not ever doubt your ability to become a nurse based on your performance in the prerequisites.

On 11/16/2020 at 7:44 PM, ns12 said:

There is already a lot of great information on how to prepare for classes/ how to improve your grades in these prereqs. I just want to say do not give up! You can do this! Even if your school limits the amount of times you can repeat a course there will be other schools that look at other things besides the number of times you have taken a pre-req. Trust me, I thought I would never get into a nursing school because of my pre-reqs, but I did. People learn differently. You might not yet know the best way for you to learn. I know it is crazy right now, but take some time to get help and also check out resources on Allnurses about people that were in a similar situation as you. Going through posts on here definitely helped me while I was applying. Best of luck to you! Please do not ever doubt your ability to become a nurse based on your performance in the prerequisites.

You could always try lvn school then transition down the line.

WyzSci on Youtube is phenomenal when it comes to AP1 and AP2 his videos have helped me a lot and he teaches from a nursing point of view

My professor tells us to just memorize his notes and basically scan the PowerPoint. I hate his notes because they are short hand. I have absolutely no idea what they mean when I first read through them and it's even more confusing because we're exclusively online so there is no lecture to flesh it out. I've basically decided to teach myself. I read the text, I watch lectures on Youtube that focus on the subject we're covering. I also watch other videos related to the topics (I like crash course).  I write the entire PowerPoint out by hand instead of printing it out and only then am I able to go through his notes because that's when they finally make sense to me. I also use quizlets to study. It's tedious but it's been working for me. Anything to make the material memorable. If I don't understand how things tie together it's not going to stick. Good luck to you, hang in there!