Ah, the dreaded prerequisite: Human Anatomy.
Things I Learned about myself in Anatomy:
1. (most times) Studying in groups doesn’t work for me
Oh, how I wish this wasn’t true. I’d been homeschooled for K-12 and used to independent learning and having my own space to process everything — that obviously wasn’t going to change overnight. College has this great allure to an extrovert like me– so many people– so many great friendships to be cultivated– but that needs to be balanced with some kick-butt studying if you wanna get the grades, and most importantly, know your stuff.
2. Negative attitudes help no one, ever
Misery seeks company. Hard test headed your way? Yes, whining a little bit with some buds is good– maybe therapeutic, even. But too much of those negative vibes can even get the best students down.
Si se puede, girl!
3. Medical Terminology is a whole new language, yo!
Unless you pick up foreign languages like nobody’s business, then… yes, there will be a learning curve. I remember my first Spanish 101 class. It was hard. But the more I used it, the more I practiced, the better I got– (at Spanish, and at terminology)
So Intro to Statistics is my last class (and only summer course) at Mira Costa College (before heading to Grand Canyon University– it also counts as a requisite for their Nursing Program, so I hit 2 birds with one stone.
I have about a week and half left ’til Stats ends (2 more tests and a final).. other than it being a M-Th class during summer– it has been– I never thought I’d be saying this– but actually pretty fun. That is in large part due to the Professor– he uses thinks out of the box to apply stats to the world around us (think: dating relationships, amount of money earned with every degree you earn, IQ scores, recent presidential elections polling) Reading the book is a must, but we use Statistics for Psychology, 6th Edition 6th Edition by Arthur Aron Ph.D., Elaine N. Aron Ph.D., Elliot Coups Ph.D. and it’s not bad at all— I feel like the book is understandable and uses”normal-speak” (which according to our Prof is used at UC Berkeley and Cal State San Marcos… he also on occasion uses tests from those institutions… and the whole class does really well on those. In fact, those are the “easy tests” his own tests are much more difficult– this means we really know our stuff).
Yes it is a math class, but not more math than you’d encounter in Algebra 2 (so square roots, multiplication, rounding to 10ths and 100ths, division). Not scary at all.
The challenge is learning the concepts (so critical thinking) and drawing conclusions by doing the Math. Definitions and understanding the concepts is key. A lot of the math so far has been bookkeeping…
Stats will definitely change the way you view the world (not an exaggeration) and my little knowledge of it has actually made me very interested in world of nursing research!