November 16, 2008

The Correct Answer Please

I'm taking four subjects for the RN program right now, and two of them require much more study than the others.

The four subjects are: Anatomy & Physiology; Pharmacology; English; and Psychology. Psychology and English being the more easy subjects for me, although they require a good bit of time for study and homework.

This week I have testing in A&P (chapter 6); Pharmacology (chapters 13-20); and Psychology (Chapters 5 and 6), so I've been spending a lot of time studying the last few days.
At the advice of my teacher sons and other helpful people, I'm trying to diversify! Along with reading the chapters in my textbooks, I'm making use of Wikipedia, online study guides that include quizzes and tests, animated tutorials, NCLEX (RN) questions, dosage calculations, the DVD study guide that comes with my textbooks, flashcards, critical thinking questions and workbook assignments. Whew!

What I enjoy most is taking the online quizzes, true and false quizzes, and multiple-choice tests because I can get the answers and know if I'm on the right track!

For instance, the answer to the question, "Are sebaceous glands associated with hair follicles"? I spent about a half hour searching the book for the right answer.

The online quiz says "no" because there are no sebaceous glands associated with hair follicles around the mouth.

The multiple-choice test words the question so that the answer is "yes", they are associated with hair follicles.

The book says sebaceous glands are 'usually' associated with hair follicles.

Our professor could have reason to argue both answers - and I'll be really upset if I miss that question on a test this week!

In the meantime, I break up my study periods with housework, laundry, Christmas shopping and finishing up planting my spring tulips!

Yep, everybody thought we were done with the outside work, but I had a few more spots where I wanted some color come next March and April. On Friday we had a beautiful balmy day in which I dug those last few holes and dropped in purple and pink tulip bulbs. I also cleaned out the car and brought in the last of the winter clothes from the garage.

Today (Sunday, November 16, 2008) we got our first snow flurries of the Ohio Valley! The temp got down to about 25 degrees and the wind howled like a hungry puppy! We feel quite special to click the auto-start of our car, and about 10-minutes later, climb into warm seats and hot air from the heater! Very nice for those achy knees and painful backs both of us suffer with in cold weather!
I stayed focused today and inbetwen taking those tests, I got both bathrooms cleaned, changed the sheets on the bed and got the laundry done and put away. I still have a little to do in the kitchen.

Now it's back to the books! Opps, I forgot to start the dryer.

Take Care on the Journey,

1 comment:

Katy said...

Mama Linda,

Oh my, you're busy!!
I thought of you and your fancy auto-start car this morning because it was 40 degrees out here and I was freezing. Poor west coasters, we get so cold when it's only 40 degrees!

You sound happy so keep it up. Staying busy makes me happy, too.