Has anyone ever taken Physiology and Microbiology together in the span of an 8 week summer course? I’m tempted to do it because I don’t want to be put off another semester until I can apply to nursing schools. Some people are telling me to do it, & some people are saying that I can, but is there anyone who has done it & was successful?
I'm taking Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Microbiology over a regular semester and it is sooo much work. You'll be in full nerd/hermit mode, I will literally bite someones head off if they interrupt my studying. I don't see the point in getting dressed to look cute or do my makeup anymore, I just do hygiene and put my hair in a bun and put on something very comfortable. I have to study 24/7 waking up at 4am everyday to work on assignments, review notes, make flashcards etc. then go to school at 8:00am early to study before my professor arrives and sit for lecture and lab at 9:00am but I score A's on every exam. My professor lets me come to other classes that he teaches so that helps a lot too.
I wouldn't suggest taking Physiology and Microbiology in the short summer but where there's a will, there's a way. My A&P 1 classmate is doing this so she can apply for nursing school in time for the application date. Advisors and other people told me it would be basically impossible (whatever lmao). If you're willing to sacrifice and really dedicate 99% your time to school then I believe you'll make it. If you're working you should seriously take time away from your job to focus on these classes.
A lot of people discourage others by saying its sooooo hard and unenjoyable but to be honest I love what I'm learning, Microbiology lecture and labs especially are really freaking fun and cool and I think that's why I do so well, it's not hard when you figure out a pattern that gives you results. You'll have to completely change your mindset for this semester because the negative attitude surrounding these classes is not going to contribute to your success.
What I've learned is that when taking 2 hard sciences you need a WHOLE new set study methods and a mind over matter mindset. With Microbiology my professor really challenges us to think *critically* unlike any class I've ever taken that only required me to memorize information. So not only do you have to know your information from front to back until it comes natural, you also have to know the small details in order to make connections from what you've previously learned (so cramming won't work in this class), and there are a lot of clinical scenarios where we have to apply OUR OWN learned knowledge to solve the problem. Take heed to this because most people are failing the class and I think its because they still haven't figured out the best way to study, or they aren't dedicating enough time to study. At the beginning of the semester I asked my Micro prof how should I study, and what do I need to do to get an A. He said to study for 2 hrs a day and think about microbiology alllll the time and how it relates to current situations. I use a lot of flash cards, Quizlet, and make my own study guides out of my lecture notes and powerpoint pictures.
For Anatomy & Physiology 1 (my class is combined) my study method is purely memorization. I'm pretty sure I have the WORST professor ever which I had to quickly adjust to so that I can get an A, but my classmates are the BEST we collaborate often and come together to make our own study guides. I study for 2hrs undisturbed and I review the information in my spare time just like micro. For this class I look at more pictures than words. I watch a bunch youtube videos, and make my own quizlet cards and if I'm too tired to make my own I'll search the topic I need on quizlet and use someone else's.
I've cried and quit a lot tbh but I kept pushing and now there's only a month left of this semester so I plan to finish strong.
Coffee is my best friend.