Sunday, July 8, 2007

Not sure why this thing won't let me put a title on this, but oh well...

I'm finished! Yeah! A full term of Anatomy & Physiology in six weeks! And I somehow managed to make an A, which will help my science GPA for medical school:)

In case any of you happen to think that doing a science course in summer school would be a good way to "get it over in a hurry", think again. My class started with 48 people, and we ended with about a dozen taking the final. Of those dozen, only about two or three of us got an A. Most just barely passed.

Anatomy & Physiology is difficult enough during the regular session, and during the summer it is three times as fast. My study time averaged three to four hours per day (more on the weekends), in addition to the two hours of class each day and four hours of lab twice a week. I would have liked to have been able to do more studying, but my brain was too tired for me to truly retain the material. I think taking this class on the heels of a long semester with physics, statistics, and Organic chemistry was a little much for me. Keep in mind it has been awhile since I have been in class, and it is taking a while for me to get back into the whole thinking thing again.

Another thing about taking this during the summer is that I'm not sure anyone has the time to truly "learn" the material. I think that because it all went so fast, I only temporarily learned most of the material in order to get through it. I truly would have liked to have spent more time and really delve into the material a bit more than I had the time for.

If any of you who read this are educators, I would love to know what you think about teaching the majors science courses over the short summer sessions.

1 comment:

Astroprof said...

For sure, taking a laboratory science class in the summer is a bad idea. Any class with a laboratory is like taking two classes. And, many of these classes just take time to sink in, and the summer does not afford that time. Worse, much of the material builds on what came before, so you can't understand the material at the end of the week if you don't yet get the stuff at the beginning of the week, and so you start the weekend off already behind.