Monday, September 3, 2012

First Impressions

Last week was the first week of school.  Most of my classes are 2 days a week, and one is only one day but two hours long.  For the most part, it's not been too bad!

The first class on Monday was math.  I took a lower division class and failed it both times the last 2 semesters, so I decided to start over with the very lowest one and maybe learn the foundations first.  The computer program requires you to take an assessment before beginning.  Most of the questions were ones I knew I'd gone over the two previous semesters, but had absolutely no idea of how to solve them.  The class is a lot easier so far, but I know it's not going to stay that way.
The professor seems nice.  She's deaf in one ear, and uses a guide dog.  The class is filled with students taking different math classes (an upper and lower), so that may get to be a little confusing down the road.  One thing I *do not* like is that she doesn't allow us to use calculators.

Next up was biology.  I always have one nightmare class per semester, and this is it for this go around! I don't know anything about or even care about biology, but it's a required class so I can't get around it.  It seems like this class is going to have an ungodly amount of homework, which I'm not pleased about.  At the end of the week, we have an online quiz we can take at home, which means we can use our books and notes.  I did two outlines of the chapter (accidentally deleted the first one!) and did the practice quiz - neither of which helped out in the least!  I got an 87% on the first quiz, which I'm quite pleased about!  I depended on notes, the book and google way more than I would have liked though.  I need to see about finding a tutor for this class, I think.  The professor goes waaaaaaaay too fast in class to get very effective notes.

I needed a fill-in class, so criminal justice was it!  I like the professor, but can't figure out why he got hired to teach this class.  He has virtually no experience in the real world.  After law school, he lived overseas and taught English to people in some other country (can't remember where he said).  When he came back to the States, he became a college professor.  He's funny though and lets us out of class early.

Art has been interesting.  I wasn't sure what to expect, as I'd been told it was a difficult class.  The only hard part so far has been that the professor goes through her slides too quickly, but she's going to post them online for us, which will help.  She asks lots of practice questions, some of which will be on the exam.

I was a little nervous about music, because I don't play any instruments and I don't know how to read music.  The professor is very young, very good looking and very engaging.  He seems to really know his stuff and has played in several symphonies.  I'll have to attend 3 musical events and do a write up on them.  I think it'll be a fun class!
And finally, I have a bio lab!  This is basically a whole other class, only with less credits.  It's required in conjunction with the biology class and is two hours long, once a week.  The professor seems knowledgeable, but he also seemed really nervous.  He told us he's going to be assigning a lot of homework, more than what's listed on the syllabus.  As if I didn't already have enough!  We'll also have an in-class quiz every week.

So that's basically what my semester will be like!  Not that you care, but I told ya anyways!

Happy Labor Day!  I apprerciate three day weekends so much more now that I'm back in school.

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Finn said...

Happy Labor Day to you too! Good luck this semester! I am sure going to the music performances will be nice, and will take your mind away from the Bio!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Happy Labour Day, have a nice rest before your school starts and good luck for this year!
Lynne x

jen said...

Good luck in your classes! I have no idea how you do it! Bobby is learning algebra this year and I am so scared because I am horrible at math!

Sagira said...

Wow....you sure are going to be one busy girl. Good luck to you in all your classes. The criminal justice class sounds like it would be really interesting. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

All best wishes for your new classes, and hope there is some fun in there to be had too!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

We sure wish you all da best this semester, we will send you extra boxer puppy prayers to help you too. Be cool in school! :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Maz

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