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Failed (BADLY) First Gen. Bio test. Freshman....

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by lifeohlife, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. lifeohlife

    lifeohlife 2+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    So I basically failed my first exam in college (freshman). I got a 38%......yea...
    I thought I studied well, I understood most of the material....but those multiple choice questions were HARD.
    I read the textbook and took notes while reading it. I used my notes as a study guide. Am I not supposed to do this in college? Is there another method I should use for college work?
    I will have 3 more exams, so I REALLY want to do well.
    Any study tips you guys have for studying bio?
    Do you think I can still get at least an A- if I do well on my next 3 tests (plus quizzes and hw)?
    I'm really upset that I'm starting off freshman year so a predental student too... T_T

    Please advise me on what to do.
    Thank you! :)
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  3. swindoll

    swindoll 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2013
    @Glimmer91 has this awesome study strategy. Look it up on this forum!
  4. Incis0r

    Incis0r I LOVE Dental School 2+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Alterac Valley
    Hey there,

    Don't worry! You can get your grades under control.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016
  5. shyfox9p


    Jun 16, 2014
    Well, there is no way to get an A- at this point. A B is doable, but you will need to ace every exam. However, that is probably not so likely since you haven't established a proper studying method.
    I was in your boat my first semester of bio and was forced to get a perfect score on the final to get a B, which I did. However, I had to give up a social life and spend more time in the library. I reread the chapters 3 times, wrote notes, went to office hours etc.

    My best suggestion with such a low score is to drop the class and try again next semester.
  6. cacajuate

    cacajuate 5+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    How many days did you go over your notes?

    I'd probably drop the class, unless you get to drop one test.
  7. getintodentalschool


    Jun 27, 2014
    come work at McD with me
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  8. kerfufle

    kerfufle 2+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2014
    Really? No, tough it out and the pressure will help you develop a good work ethic that will serve you well in the future. No one cares if you get a B or a B- your freshman year, schools are more interested in your progress through the years.
  9. lifeohlife

    lifeohlife 2+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    sigh....okay. I'll try to get at least a B....and an A in chem to balance things out.
  10. Incis0r

    Incis0r I LOVE Dental School 2+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Alterac Valley
    I don't know if OP is in bad shape yet...If lab/hw/participation counts for anything (as it does in my bio course), then the weight of the exam falls to 16%. That's nothing. S/he can easily pull it up.

    These things happen- don't worry about it!
  11. xerxes106

    xerxes106 2+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2013
    It happens, I'm sure we've all gotten annihilated on at least one test. You'll be fine, just rally.

    On a side note I had two pre-nursing girls in my human anatomy class cry when they got a 92 percent on the first exam........some people.
  12. shyfox9p


    Jun 16, 2014
    The problem is the probability of coming back from that grade. If you can get the B by getting a 100 on the exams and possibly quizzes(if any) then don't drop. It's a massive task.
  13. shyfox9p


    Jun 16, 2014
    Usually bio lec and lab are separate classes. If it's combined then there is still hope. This issue is that he hasn't established a good studying format.
  14. 2THDDS

    2THDDS 2+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2014

    A lot of people forget this part. Passive learning by keep reading and reading isn't gonna make the material stick (well for some of you it will, but not everyone), so this active learning portion is very important. Otherwise, you will not retain much from reading, unless of course, you are a genius who can retain everything you hear.
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