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Does anyone have any tips that has helped you to be successful in microbiology (i.e.books or techniques, or helpful websites) ?

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, lmnop2

I used The Microbial World and You to test my understanding of each chapter. I would do a quick review of the chapter, do a test; then really review the chapter, do the test. Before a unit exam, take tests for each chapter, and brush up on weak areas. I found Mandi Parker's Microbiology videos on https://www.youtube.com/user/amparker1981 to be extremely helpful. For lecture and labs I would create my own quizlet.com flashcards that I would review often.

Thank you.


Specializes in Cardiac, ER, Pediatrics, Corrections.

I wish! My micro class was a JOKE! But, I still got through nursing school just fine. If you have to write a paper or anything, The Smallpox vaccine has a ton of info. (I did a 10 page paper on it) Good luck!


Specializes in Cardiac Stepdown, PCU.

Ask. Ask. Ask. Treat your instructor like a best friend and hope they don't mind! Ask him if you need to be studying the information S/HE presents or if you need to be studying directly from the book. This will help you immensely. Don't worry about knowing topics he doesn't cover if you're told you need only study the information you're given. If he gives you review questions to study, STUDY them. If he lists learning outcomes, turn them into questions and make sure you can answer them.

Hopefully you end up with a professor willing to tell you this information. My Micro professor was simply AMAZING. I'd wish everyone could take his class, it was wonderful. My Bio II professor tho... she'd tell us to study the whole book and give us no direction at all. I sincerely hope you do not end up with one of those.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

get as much time as possible working in the lab and viewing slides. After a while you begin to see patterns.

HelloWish, ADN, BSN

Specializes in IMCU, Oncology. Has 3 years experience.

In my class it was about studying my professors resources that she had available to us and using the learning objectives! My teacher was really hard.


Specializes in geriatrics, psych. Has 20+ years experience.

In my class the instructor gave us lots of links to resources so I had little time to look any others up. This class probably took more time than any others I had taken. Very hard teacher! Many dropped the class after a couple weeks, most people get a C, and I ended up with a B working my butt off. I heard all the horror stories about this teacher and the class before I got there so I was already intimidated before I attended the first day. I did remember using The Microbial World and You. I also used quizzlet to study because I found some matching info on there. I used my books resources as well. McGraw-Hill had some good content (case studies) which helped me because these helped me look at the whole picture. My instructed also gave good case studies as well. Here is a pretty good one from McGraw-Hill and same topic as one we had in class. These helped me more than anything else. http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/ap/saladin/student/olc/chap09casestudies.html

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Specializes in UR/CM, Managed Care.

I don't have any tips or helpful websites or books because my micro class was quite some time agoooooo, but I will say this: Learn it! That's the best tip of all, don't do what I did:

Me Then: "I just need to whiz through this in summer school and at least get a C, I don't need to understand all these bugs, that's what they have Microbiologists for!"

Me Now: "Gram positive whaaa? Or is it the gram negative ones I'm supposed to worry about?? Staphylo-pseudo-whaaat?" :down:

When I was in nursing school I worked as a phlebotomist at the hospital. I'd see the culture reports come up from the lab and be placed in the patient's chart. They had the cootie bug identified right there, and along side it what antibiotics it was sensitive to, so literally I thought it was a useless thing to learn - here's what it is, here's how to treat it, the doc is going to order XYZ antibiotic, why should I concern myself with this?

Boy was I wrong. Really, do your best to learn it, not just "get through it" :bookworm:

I got an A in Micro. I just read, read, and read some more. My professor gave us a link so that we could take practice quizzes. Also in my book I put all highlighted words on flashcards with the definitions. I hope this helps.