72% on my first exam :(

  1. uhg! 76% was passing, I guess I will need to do alot better on future tests for my scores to even out. School is more nerve racking once your in nursing school because to dont wanna f up your chance.
    Anyone have any test taking tips?

    Someones teacher said when it comes to multiple choice questions that all seem to have "right" answers pick the one you'd do if you could only perform one........
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  3. by   MIA-RN1
    try covering up the answer choices and reading the question. Then ask yourself what you would do if that situation were real. Then look at the answers and pick the one that matches what you would do. Also read the question slowly, highlight or underline the stem--what is the question really asking you? then its usually easy to eliminate two answers straight off the bat.

    New age stuff is to carry a piece of flourite to give you good analytical thinking, clear quartz to give you clear thinking/understanding, and hematite to ground you and help dissipate negative thoughts and feeling.
  4. by   capribry
    Hi, sorry about your test, I take my 1st test on tues. (9/5) in fund. One thing that has help me on quizzes is to not read into them too much. The test does not come with audio. Don't go back and change your answers unless you clearly has misinterpreted. I did that on 1 of my quizzes and changed my answers and barely passed with a C. (if I would have left my answers alone, I would have had an A, I'm still kicking myself in the butt) Study everything the teachers gives hints to and have a study group. If you are dealing with therupetic responses, pick the corniest one that you would probably never actually say to a client. Have a study group and join more than one if you can so that ya'll can teach each other. Hope this help for you and for me.
  5. by   NICU_nurse2b
    These are notes from my Thursday Lecture. We spent about 3 hours on study skills and test taking techniques.

    WHEN YOU: THE ODDS ARE:
    start with 4 otions 1 out of 4 (25%)
    eliminate 1 distractor 1 out of 3 (33.3%)
    throw out 2 distractors 1 out of 2 (50%)

    1. Need to break down the question into parts---
    Read stem. What is it asking?? Try paraphrasing or answering in own words before looking at options.

    Look at options. Don't choose too quickly. Options may include accurate information, but do not answer what is asked for in the question.

    2. Recognize key words of negative polarity
    usually mean question is concerned with what is false
    asks to identify exception, find an error, or recognize unacceptable interventions
    if all options seem correct, you may have missed a negative key word

    3. Identify priority setters
    look for "first", "best", "most", "initially" in stem
    rank answers according to value: ex. question asks what nurse should do FIRST. Rank 1-4 with most desirable option #1, and least desirable #4.
    Hint: Look at all 4 and eliminate most wrong. This choice will be #4. Then look at remaining 3, and eliminate most wrong, and this will be #3, etc.

    4.Pick out clues in the stem
    Remember every word in the stem is important, but some are more significant than others'
    A clue is usually a word/phrase that relates to another word/phrase in the stem
    A clue may paraphrase a word or phrase in the correct answer

    5.Recognize central person in question
    Significant person is one who will receive care
    Usually the patient, but may be spouse or other family members

    6.Pick out patient-centered options
    Look for options that give the patient priority: exploring patient feelings, identifying patient preferences giving the patient choices, etc.

    7.Be careful of words or statements that indicate NO expetions
    Ex. "always", "never", "every", "only"
    These terms will limit the correctness of the options

    8.Identify opposites
    Item may have two options that are opposite to each other --- seriously consider their meaning!!!
    One may be correct answer, or both may be wrong. When one is correct, question is asking you to choose between two responses that are extremes of a concept or principle.
    When both options are wrong, they are being used as distractors to divert you from the correct answer.

    9.Recognize equally "believable" options
    Usually if two options are equally plausible, they are both incorrect. Drop those from consideration, and you've dropped your odds to 50%

    10.Look for duplicate facts among the options
    One option may have same or similar fact
    if fact is incorrect, eliminate all options from consideration that contain that fact

    11.Avoid choosing options that deny patient needs
    Ex. "Everything will be all right", changing the subject, encouraging the patient to be cheerful, giving away nursing responsibility to other, etc.

    12.You can use more than one test-taking technique for answering a question.

    General test taking techniques
    Follow regular routine the night before
    Arrive on time
    Bring essential tools
    Understand all directions before starting
    Use good time managment (Answer the questions you know first)
    Look at simple before complex
    Make educated guesses
    Maintain Positive Mental Attitude
    Check answers and answer sheep
    Don't use erasers - you first answer is usually the right one

    Hope this helps
    It has helped me - One of our study skills is review your lectures notes within 48 hours after lecture!
  6. by   FNPhopeful
    Quote from NICU_nurse2b
    These are notes from my Thursday Lecture. We spent about 3 hours on study skills and test taking techniques.

    WHEN YOU: THE ODDS ARE:
    start with 4 otions 1 out of 4 (25%)
    eliminate 1 distractor 1 out of 3 (33.3%)
    throw out 2 distractors 1 out of 2 (50%)

    1. Need to break down the question into parts---
    Read stem. What is it asking?? Try paraphrasing or answering in own words before looking at options.

    Look at options. Don't choose too quickly. Options may include accurate information, but do not answer what is asked for in the question.

    2. Recognize key words of negative polarity
    usually mean question is concerned with what is false
    asks to identify exception, find an error, or recognize unacceptable interventions
    if all options seem correct, you may have missed a negative key word

    3. Identify priority setters
    look for "first", "best", "most", "initially" in stem
    rank answers according to value: ex. question asks what nurse should do FIRST. Rank 1-4 with most desirable option #1, and least desirable #4.
    Hint: Look at all 4 and eliminate most wrong. This choice will be #4. Then look at remaining 3, and eliminate most wrong, and this will be #3, etc.

    4.Pick out clues in the stem
    Remember every word in the stem is important, but some are more significant than others'
    A clue is usually a word/phrase that relates to another word/phrase in the stem
    A clue may paraphrase a word or phrase in the correct answer

    5.Recognize central person in question
    Significant person is one who will receive care
    Usually the patient, but may be spouse or other family members

    6.Pick out patient-centered options
    Look for options that give the patient priority: exploring patient feelings, identifying patient preferences giving the patient choices, etc.

    7.Be careful of words or statements that indicate NO expetions
    Ex. "always", "never", "every", "only"
    These terms will limit the correctness of the options

    8.Identify opposites
    Item may have two options that are opposite to each other --- seriously consider their meaning!!!
    One may be correct answer, or both may be wrong. When one is correct, question is asking you to choose between two responses that are extremes of a concept or principle.
    When both options are wrong, they are being used as distractors to divert you from the correct answer.

    9.Recognize equally "believable" options
    Usually if two options are equally plausible, they are both incorrect. Drop those from consideration, and you've dropped your odds to 50%

    10.Look for duplicate facts among the options
    One option may have same or similar fact
    if fact is incorrect, eliminate all options from consideration that contain that fact

    11.Avoid choosing options that deny patient needs
    Ex. "Everything will be all right", changing the subject, encouraging the patient to be cheerful, giving away nursing responsibility to other, etc.

    12.You can use more than one test-taking technique for answering a question.

    General test taking techniques
    Follow regular routine the night before
    Arrive on time
    Bring essential tools
    Understand all directions before starting
    Use good time managment (Answer the questions you know first)
    Look at simple before complex
    Make educated guesses
    Maintain Positive Mental Attitude
    Check answers and answer sheep
    Don't use erasers - you first answer is usually the right one

    Hope this helps
    It has helped me - One of our study skills is review your lectures notes within 48 hours after lecture!

    Wow good advice I'll have to print it out ! Thanks!
  7. by   llg
    Quote from NICU_nurse2b
    These are notes from my Thursday Lecture. We spent about 3 hours on study skills and test taking techniques.
    !
    As one of those people who was always did well on tests, I never took any courses in study skills or anything like that. However, reading the list of tips you were given, I see most of the things I do while taking a test. I guess I have been doing it right all these years after all! :wink2:

    Perhaps the most important one is #12. I ususally find myself using several strategies simultaneously. The art of test-taking (and of critical thinking in general) is to be able to move fluidly through all the strategies at once, seeing the questions/situations from all angles at the same time. That need for complexity in your thinking strategies is what makes expertise so hard to achieve -- and so beautiful and effective when it all comes together.

    Good luck,
    llg

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