umbrellalalala

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Hi everyone!

I took my intro psych class back in 2007. Eight years later, I'm sad to say my retention for that class is basically non-existent. I would like to retake it in part to prepare for the MCAT and because it is a pre-requisite for the research methods in psych class. Technically, I can take the research methods class since I have taken an intro to psych class in the past, but I'm not sure how useful it would be if I don't remember anything from my first psych class. Also, I'm not sure if retaking it would be advisable, especially because I got an A the first time. I hear medical schools recommend against retaking classes unless you receive a grade below a C (is this true?) Thoughts?
 

Apollo1

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I hear medical schools recommend against retaking classes unless you receive a grade below a C (is this true?)
MD schools will average out all attempts for a particular course; DO schools do grade replacement, but you already have the highest GPA grade/value. I think it's best to not retake the course. Try one of the online multi-subject sites (ex. Kahn Academy) to freshen up, or find a student on campus who will give you a copy of their notes.
 

LingoLaine

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I would just go ahead and take the research methods class. Just budget yourself enough time to refresh your memory if/when intro to psych material becomes relevant.
 

futuremdforme

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How easily did you learn psych when you first took it? If it was at all easy, you should be just fine taking research methods directly even after a gap.
 
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umbrellalalala

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Dec 19, 2009
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I appreciate all the responses! I could probably sit in the class for few weeks before it gets in the way of my other classes. I'll still consider it, though.

The first time I took psych, I remember it came fairly easily. I don't remember struggling at all.
 

popopopop

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Many people successfully demolished the psych/socio section with the study books available. I don't want to see you wasting a whole semester of studying for a subject you can probably self study. I was in your position, but I decided to self-study with review books and it's coming along well. The materials in the review book are very digestible.
 
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