Quote from PBPointer
I was very interested in taking microbiology, but my instructor was rough. I know someone who had the same class with a different instructor and loved it. I would spend 10 or more hours just on the weekends studying and the person I know studied a little before the test. My exams were all critical thinking with 2 answers really really close. Her exams were multiple choice and very straight forward.
I don't mind being challenged, but it can be frustrating when someone gets an easier class/professor and a better grade and a higher gpa and a better shot at nursing school.
Sounds VERY familiar. I have a friend who is taking Micro at a different local community college. His lab tests are open book. Mine weren't....they were very difficult. No multiple choice questions...always 5 - 10 short essay questions.
I can't believe the amount of material we were expected to remember. My friend is doing fine and says his exams are all multiple choice, and his professor gives them study guides. The professor I have never did that, and didn't give us any opportunities for extra credit at all.
I'm probably going to have to take it again - and I'll do it at the school my friend attends, with the professor he had. The school he attends REQUIRES that you take A&P I and II prior to Micro, and one of the universities here requires Chem and A&P before Micro. My only pre-req was BIO 101. I did NOT feel prepared for Micro.
This semester has been brutal.
I like a lot of the study ideas in this thread and wish I had read them sooner!