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Fast Track classes

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Time2Sig, May 2, 2007.

  1. Time2Sig

    Time2Sig 2+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Anyone ever take the fast track classes? I found a CC that offers General Chem I 6/25-7/18 then General Chem II 7/23-8/17. The classes are everyday for about 5 hours. So it's a lot of cramming right? Are these classes really hard to score good marks in?
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  3. ageldred

    ageldred Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    If you know people at the school it would be a good idea to ask them. I personally find it easier to remember stuff everyday so I would probably want to jump on that to get ahead. (and groan to all my friends when I had to study constantly too). I wouldn't recommend taking any other classes at the same time unless it's something super easy. Good luck!
  4. KellyBean

    KellyBean 2+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    In the middle of nowhere
    You shouldn't do it unless you absolutely have to. Let's say you have 2 more classes to finish in that summer prior to going to pharmacy school in the fall, then that. But if you have plenty of time, then don't stress yourself over it. I did that for organic chemistry. My friend did that for the whole series of organic chem. It was very stressful.
  5. ajh88

    ajh88 New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2006
    I agree with the others - if you have to do it this way to get your pre-reqs in, go for it, but it will be stressful/hard work. I did A&P I and II like that last fall - it was doable, but you have to be prepared for the faster pace and larger assignments - we covered 1-2 chapters per week.

    I also think it would be a downside to have almost your entire summer taken up by class 5 days a week for 5 hours a day! It doesn't look like you would get much time off to recharge mentally for the fall semester.

    Good luck whatever you decide!
  6. Dr.Biassi

    Dr.Biassi 2+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Everybody is right. Don't do it unless you absolutely have. I have to do it this summer and on top of that get a job so I can attend pharm next september
  7. aboveliquidice

    aboveliquidice No sacrifice - No victory Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    I did it for A&P I and II last summer - I also took Org I at the same time. It was certainly do-able - but you are really gonna have to dedicate yourself to it. Case in point - despite my best effort - I got a B in Organic. I attribute it to my work for A&P II at the time.

    If you can - space it out and take your time (maximize your time to learn and absorb the info) - if you are rushed for time - then by all means - Get 'er Done!!!

  8. pharmD131

    pharmD131 Member 5+ Year Member

    May 4, 2005
    I took a sociology class that way and it wasn't too bad but still required a lot of time outside of class because of written assignments along with having to read multiple chapters every night. A class like Chemistry is something you will have to know well in order to pursue pharmacy so I think it would be better to take it in the regular semester if possible. I made a high A in my sociology class but forgot everything pretty quickly since I only spent 3 weeks in class. Hope that helps...Good Luck!
  9. omnione

    omnione SDN Pharmoderator Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Have you taken the PCAT yet? I realize that people learn differently, but I would be worried about my ability to retain enough material from a crammed-in course like that for the PCAT.
  10. TheDrugMan

    TheDrugMan 2+ Year Member

    May 3, 2007
    I would not recommend taking Organic Chemistry in the summer or accelerated class. However, I took General Chemistry and Anatomy last summer and did well.
  11. jemini99

    jemini99 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    If you can focus your time on the class then just do it. I have done great in all of my classes since I've found I would advise you to check out the professor and see if that person is someone who you believe you can do well with. Hope that helps.
  12. pharmdarling

    pharmdarling Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2006
    I am taking organic chemistry over the summer (Organic I is a three week course, Organic II is a five week course). A lot of people at my school do it this way and say that they find it easier to learn. For exams, you'll only need to remember the material you covered last week, not last month. If you're willing to put a lot of effort into this now, then you won't have to spend an entire year taking the class later.
  13. TheDrugMan

    TheDrugMan 2+ Year Member

    May 3, 2007

    Outstanding website. I have used it to weed out professors for at least three prerequisite classes.
  14. firstgeneration

    firstgeneration 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    I think that courses like general chem is better to take throughout a semester or regular school time because they are harsh and it would be as good for you if you are cramming a lot at a time.
  15. rxlynn

    rxlynn Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    On the other hand, it might be a good example of what pharmacy school can be like! I attend a school that block schedules. Our last block this semester is microbiology/immunology. The block went from April 3 to May 7, and in that time frame we covered 16 chapters of the micro textbook and essentially the entire immunology textbook (12 chapters).

    I'm with the other posters - I don't think you would want to do this for really important prereq classes unless you are a strong student and prepared to be dedicated to it.
  16. 10yearslater

    10yearslater 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    If you don't mind my asking, what school offers this? I am really trying to get these classes over with. I took General Chem I - 8 years ago, so I could treat it like a refresher course. I have only found General Chem I & II offered during summer for 10 weeks (5 days a wk & 5 hours per day).
  17. Idesiretosling

    Idesiretosling 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    In Oregon a couple of the state schools offer these accelerated classes as well as a couple of the community colleges.
    I took the Gen Chemistry series I and II accelerated. I was working 30 hours while doing it and it was not too bad at all. You are only focusing on one course and if you make sure to do a few practice problems each night and read before class in the morning you will be fine to get great marks. I also took physics in accelerated format another summer and it was a little tougher but still not too bad at all.
    If you have bad time management skills or need a lot of repetition to retain info then summer accelerated are not a good choice.

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