I've been doing horrible on the tests this quarter: med surg and mental health. The material with mental health isn't even that bad and having worked with psychiatric patients as a CNA, the experience comes in handy but I still do bad on the tests. With med surg, I understand it's alot of critical thinking and it's more than reading the text. In fact, there's no time to even the book. In our program (because it's part time), we don't have lecture, which doesn't help, so it's up to the individual (I personally feel that lecture is required for med surg). I bought NCLEX books to prep, even the "reviews and rationales" book with practiced with questions but it still doesn't work!
I bought the "test success" book with how to take NCLEX questions but again, no time to review. When I do aim at answering the question from a test taking angle (not so much the content), for ex: not choosing the answer has "only" in it or choosing "asses" when answering, "what should the nurse do FIRST" I still get it wrong! I don't know anymore. What's weird is that I'm doing so much better in clinical and on the floor with my nurses and patients but with tests, I suck! Maybe I overanalyze or just pick the wrong answer... I don't know... HELP!