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Tips for 2nd Year!

by Andrea Glogowski | Apr 30, 2014

Congratulations for making it through your first year at ACPHS!!  Your second year on campus will be a lot different than your first year.  You’ve already made friends on campus, eaten the worst food in the dining hall, and experienced how difficult the course work can become.


Despite what you might have been told, Organic Chemistry doesn’t have much in common with General Chemistry.  So even if you didn’t do well in General Chemistry this class might come easy to you.  For the lecture portion of this class you’ll need a notebook or binder, because no computers are allowed.  In the fall semester you will have Dr. Ludeman. I recommend paying attention in class, and then reading the corresponding pages in the book that she assigns.  She teaches pretty much in sync with the text, and also assigns some book questions that are helpful.  If you can understand what the book says and you do her old practice exams you will do fine on her exams!  In the spring you’ll have Dr. Hass.  Paying attention to her lectures is absolutely necessary!!!  You don’t really need to read the book because she pretty much covers everything she wants you to know, but if you don’t understand something in lecture reading through the topic in the book might help.  Try to begin doing old exam questions early so that you can go to her office if there is a question you don’t understand.


Dr. Kholodenko assigns “informal” and “formal” homework.  The “informal” homework is a list of questions from your textbook.  (It is very helpful to do these practice problems because he draws concepts from the textbook for the exams)  Your “formal” homework is a few problems he takes from the “informal” homework that you submit on blackboard for a grade.  Reading the textbook can also be very helpful if you’re having difficulty with a particular problem type.  The book typically approaches problems different than Dr. Kholodenko, and sometimes just seeing it from a different approach can make everything click!


Microbiology is a one semester class.  I would recommend keeping up with the textbook readings as you go along because a lot of material is covered throughout the semester.  Dr. Malik typically incorporates ResponseWare (a computer polling program) questions into her lectures so make sure you attend lectures!


Stats is a spring semester course.  Dr. Racz pretty much covers everything in class that you need to know.  Make sure to do all the assigned practice problems!  It will be very helpful to do all the practice problems that are available when it comes to taking exams!

Bio Selective

In the spring semester you’ll take a biology selective class.  In the past they’ve provided 4 different options – Anatomy & Physiology (A&P), Cell Biology, Genetics, and Virology.  Each of the classes is designed to help you with a class you’ll take during your P1 year.  A&P helps with Pathophysiology, Cell biology helps with Biochemistry, Genetics helps with Molecular Biology, and Virology helps with Immunology.

Feel free to reach out to any of the mentors if you have any questions!

Andrea Glogowski

Peer Mentor Student Coordinator

Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate Class of 2017

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