I, too, know the feeling of absolute panic that sets in once nursing school starts. I have had to retake more pre-reqs that I'd ever want to admit, and I still passed my 1st semester of nursing school. It was not easy, and for awhile I was on the fence worrying I would not get the required 80 or better needed to pass.
The best thing you can do is stay on top or ahead of your assignments. Reading is the best study method for me; so figure out what works best for you if haven't already. Then make a list of all the readings you have to do and when you want to have them done by. Do the same for all other assignments, such as drug cards, care plans
, or papers. If your readings list says, read: Chapters 1-3; watch DVD module 1-4, Skills workbook 1-6 (demonstrates how to do skills like insert a catheter) - do ALL of it
. All the information will be the same, presented 3 different ways for you to retain the info which you will be tested on eventually.
Also (this will vary depending on your school) but we had quizzes every week in lab, and there were at least 4 quizzes I could have gotten hundreds on had I just triple checked my answers. Even though I did check twice, it wasn't until we were going over the answers that I realized I didn't fully answer the question, or the answer was wrong and I just didn't realize it. My quiz grades are what saved me at the end of the semester; so do as well as you can on those - they are relatively easy. (Ours were 10 questions with varying question types; such as fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, 2 parts, etc).
I had to retake my medication practicum 3x before I passed! But I'm glad I had to do it that many times because I learned something new each time; something that I will remember forever now. Our practicums were pass/fail - how do they grade you on your practicums?
Before I started, someone a semester ahead told me they lost about 20 students out of 60. When I told my uncle this he said: "Well, there's still more people in than out." (My class ended up losing about 20 people after the end of the semester, but judging by the pictures from previous graduating classes only about half of us will graduate. At least when we were supposed to, you can repeat and only end up a semester behind, but you can only repeat twice before being dropped from the program) The people who aren't going to make it are the ones who just don't do the work; others will have unexpected life events that force them to drop. It doesn't mean they won't eventually become nurses. I have a learning disability, if I can do this - you can do this. Even if you don't make it the first time around, you'll get there eventually. Good luck!