monsterbrain

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Two weeks left in the semester + finals week, and I have a 46% in pharmacokinetics :(. I'll try to keep this short. Professor doesn't lecture--expects us to read ahead and come in with question. When I have questions, there often isn't time to ask them. Mostly though I feel like a have a good understanding of the material and am able to work practice problems. Then I take the test (which are essay and always comprehensive by the way), and I can't synthesize the material. I've read one chapter 6 times now and worked all the problems 3 times, but I am NEVER prepared to answer his questions.

I plan on speaking with him after Thanksgiving break, but most of the students who have already approached him about this issue (there are about 50 of us) claim he is not helpful. He tells them that he doesn't know how to help them, it's their problem, and they need to figure it out themselves. It is so humiliating to study 30 hours for a test (not cramming) and only get a 35%. Obviously, I'm doing something wrong. My professor is incompetent since 1/2 the class is failing, but I can't change that; I have to find a way to teach myself. Do any veterans have any advice for me?
 

FireyDragon

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I fully realize I am not a pharmacy student yet so don't flame me. Have you tried studying with some classmates that are passing his tests? Perhaps there is something you're missing that they can help with Also have you tried speaking with some upperclassmen? Are there old exams you can study from?

Just trying to help. Good Luck!!!
 

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Two weeks left in the semester + finals week, and I have a 46% in pharmacokinetics :(. I'll try to keep this short. Professor doesn't lecture--expects us to read ahead and come in with question. When I have questions, there often isn't time to ask them. Mostly though I feel like a have a good understanding of the material and am able to work practice problems. Then I take the test (which are essay and always comprehensive by the way), and I can't synthesize the material. I've read one chapter 6 times now and worked all the problems 3 times, but I am NEVER prepared to answer his questions.

I plan on speaking with him after Thanksgiving break, but most of the students who have already approached him about this issue (there are about 50 of us) claim he is not helpful. He tells them that he doesn't know how to help them, it's their problem, and they need to figure it out themselves. It is so humiliating to study 30 hours for a test (not cramming) and only get a 35%. Obviously, I'm doing something wrong. My professor is incompetent since 1/2 the class is failing, but I can't change that; I have to find a way to teach myself. Do any veterans have any advice for me?

You can either file a petition and talk to your dean about it or you can wait and see what happens. He cannot fail 1/2 of class. I am guessing maybe he will curve the grades, give you bonus points, and so on. I dont think it'll be possible for you to get an A but like other pharmacy classes with crappy professors, just do your best and forget about it.
 

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I had a professor that didn't lecture very well (often unprepared and :sleep:), no textbook or other study materials available (this course was thrown together at basically the last second), and no ability to respond to questions, not to mention a take home final that was absolute garbage. I had only 1 returned grade (86%-midterm), no syllabus, and ended up getting a C :)mad: I had straight A's that semester). What I did was attempt to challenge the course for proper grading as it was a colossal mess, which didn't work out at all. What I should have done was speak to the dean beforehand when I had all the issues and explained to him my and my classmates situation and that I had tried every other option before coming to him so I wouldn't waste my time. I think you should do what I should have done. Good luck. Pharmacokinetics is very important in pharmacy.
 
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