Survival Skills for Required Courses that Suck
October 26, 2012 8:15 AM Subscribe
What did you do to get through required courses that you hated, but in which you needed to do well? Help me make mine more bearable.
posted by ocherdraco to Education (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a post-baccalaureate pre-med student, taking the courses required for med school admission. For the most part, I love my classes, and I'm kicking ass. But I hate intro Bio, for so many reasons: with this professor, a huge chunk of the grading is largely arbitrary, she doesn't let you keep your exam papers after they're graded so you can't use them to refine your study methods, and a huge chunk of the class grade is based on group work with an arbitrarily assigned group (and mine happens to be a bunch of non-motivated people who just want to get out of lab as quickly as possible).
It's all a damn shame, because the material itself is totally fascinating.
I'm not going to withdraw from the course because I'm doing well enough (I still have a chance at an A) that to take it again would just be to needlessly suffer. But I've got to find ways to make it more bearable, because I'm sure this won't be the last course that will make me want to tear my hair out.
What did you do to get through required courses that you hated, but in which you needed to do well?