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[Sep. 27th, 2008|08:33 am]
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[madamearnoux]
Was there anything in particular that helped you study best for Immunology?

I'm having a horrible time wrapping my head around the material and I've just never struggled with a course like I have with this one. I think it might have to do with how my professor presents the concepts because I've heard a lot of complaints from his previous students that he loves to jump around a lot and doesn't really follow the order they're given in the book.

He has even said himself that he enjoys being vague and watching his students struggle because it's for our benefit. Which...I can kind of understand, but is this pretty typical?

Any advice would be much appreciated. XD
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[User Picture]From: amazonblonde
2008-09-27 04:23 pm (UTC)
I would most definitely address this issue with you prof. Being vague leads me to believe that he doesn't really understand the material that he is teaching. The interactions that happen in immune response can be confusing. I didn't even have a separate immunology class it was combined with blood banking. (They have since made 2 separate classes thanks to my suggestion) Try to show how you are reading and studying the material - Have specific questions and write down those answers. Explain that you want CLEAR answers to further your understanding. If that fails go to the Dean of that department and that usually gets you somewhere. They are accountable for providing you with a learning process.
You could also maybe try one of the lab test review books that are out. These sometimes provide detailed explanations.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: madamearnoux
2008-09-27 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, your response is very reassuring because I thought I might have been spoiled by other professors who had different teaching styles. :)

As much as I loved biochemistry and human phys, I thought I would enjoy this course too but something is telling me that this professor is making it unnecessarily difficult.

Is there a specific review book that you'd recommend? I think that'd be an enormous help.
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[User Picture]From: i_am_silenced
2009-05-31 09:11 pm (UTC)
i realize you posted this awhile ago, but it caught my attention- I struggled with immunology last semester. i managed an A, but i dont feel like i grasped it very well. it was torture to study. my head just doesn't understand immuno. what caught my attention was your love for biochem. I LOVED BIOCHEM TOO. and i had the same teacher for biochem that i had for immuno... so i had been looking forward to immuno. I think people's minds simply work differently. i have a few classmates who loved biochem and struggled with immuno, and i have other classmates that were the complete opposite.
to me, biochem makes more sense... immuno is... all conceptual somehow in my mind.

but the fact your prof admitts he's vague... that's a little strange.
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[User Picture]From: coldsoup
2008-09-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think you are right about your professor making it too hard. I've had immunology both in university and in my current med tech training and have found it quite enjoyable both times. In both courses the instructors have given sets of study questions or very specific content objectives to guide our studying. Perhaps your prof could do something like that so you know what is expected. It helps a lot to have a guide as there are a lot of details in immuno.
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[User Picture]From: madamearnoux
2008-09-27 09:46 pm (UTC)
I think I'll send him an e-mail and ask if he could outline some specific objectives, it's definitely worth a shot. Other people in the class would be grateful for it.

One of the things that raised some flags was during our first test, there were five people that got up within the first ten minutes or so to ask about the questions. All I heard from the professor was "I'm not trying to trick you."

What was so awful about this test was despite having studied his notes and the text very thoroughly, there were questions on there that I had absolutely no clue where to even start. I recognized zero of the terms or the compounds named and it seems like a good number of people in the class were in the same boat as me.
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[User Picture]From: kejlina
2008-09-29 11:00 am (UTC)
Yikes, your immuno course sounds more brutal than the one I took. Which is a hard order to fill considering that my immuno course felt like a kick in the ass :P

What I did to survive mine was I went to a used bookstore and scoured the textbook section until I found a basic immunology textbook and another immunology book that explains things in plain english. Reading the concepts from an introductory or plain-english perspective really helped me internalise the concepts and understand what the hell the professor was going on about.
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[User Picture]From: madamearnoux
2008-09-30 06:41 pm (UTC)
Reading the concepts from an introductory or plain-english perspective really helped me internalise the concepts and understand what the hell the professor was going on about.

That's what I really need!! Thank you, I think I'll head out to my used bookstore and see what I can find.
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