Speech is very much like English Composition. Think of it as essays spoken out loud. Make sure you prepare some sort of outline for your speeches so that they are organized and that you follow your instructor's directions for each speech assignment. My speech teacher many years ago had colored pieces of paper taped to the walls and told us to look at them if looking at the faces of the other students made us nervous. Volunteer to get each of your speeches done and over with as soon as possible. That way you can sit back and enjoy those of the other students without worrying and building up anxiety about your own performance. If you're nervous at the beginning of the class, you're probably going to be even more nervous by the end of the class time, so get your speech finished before other students.
What you learn in medical terminology
will be of use as you go into your nursing studies. I have 30 years as a registered nurse to verify this. I also taught medical terminology in a vocational program. The best way to learn all the roots, suffixes and prefixes is to put them on flash cards and memorize them. Learn the rules of combining roots, suffixes and prefixes as it will serve you well in determining definitions. While a medical terminology class is just introductory and basic information, it is nonetheless IMPORTANT
information that will serve you very well when you get to the more complicated terminology in your anatomy and nursing textbooks to come later.
Here are some links I have for medical terminology that you might want to bookmark:
- medical terminology help from the University of Minnesota - includes link to their interactive quiz program that has a medical terminology section - lots of online quizzes to help you learn medical terminology
- medical terminology in a nutshell with several short quizzes - organized into sections on word roots, suffixes, prefixes, how to read a medical term, and abbreviations
- this really is more for someone taking anatomy, but it is medical terminology. The site the shows and tells you the anatomical planes of the body, defines terms of relation or position, defines terms of movement, and has a listing of frequently used medical terms in anatomy with their definitions. A reference you might want to print out for your anatomy notebooks.