MAN, hard exam!

  1. I am nearing the end of our first semester of nursing school, and just took my fifth exam, and I'm actually angry! Up until now I have not found the exams difficult, but I feel like they all of a sudden kicked it up a notch without telling us . . . but that's not what I'm mad about. What I'm mad about is that all the stuff they emphasized to us wasn't on the test, so basically during my studying I was focusing on all the wrong stuff. We were studying fluids and electrolytes, and had one week between the lecture and the exam. There was an optional tutoring session which I attended, and we were also given an online exercise to do in the computer lab, which I did. On all of these occasions, what was emphasized were where the different cations/ions are in the body, the percentages of where the different fluids are, and the different ways the fluids move around (osmotic pressure, hydrostatic pressure, etc). Almost none of this was on the exam . . . there was ONE question I think that was about where sodium and potassium are primarily found, that's it. So what I should have been focusing on was more the different electrolyte imbalances and what the different electrolytes do.

    Anyway, this is just a vent. I feel like e-mailing the professor, but I guess the bottom line is, the information is in the book and we are responsible for it, so my bad.

    Wish me luck on my score, I won't know 'til Monday. I just hope I can keep my A average at this point. No chance I got an A on the exam this time, so I can handle a low B if I guessed well on the many that I was unsure of.

    Kelly
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  3. by   nurz2be
    Quote from krenee
    I am nearing the end of our first semester of nursing school, and just took my fifth exam, and I'm actually angry! Up until now I have not found the exams difficult, but I feel like they all of a sudden kicked it up a notch without telling us . . . but that's not what I'm mad about. What I'm mad about is that all the stuff they emphasized to us wasn't on the test, so basically during my studying I was focusing on all the wrong stuff. We were studying fluids and electrolytes, and had one week between the lecture and the exam. There was an optional tutoring session which I attended, and we were also given an online exercise to do in the computer lab, which I did. On all of these occasions, what was emphasized were where the different cations/ions are in the body, the percentages of where the different fluids are, and the different ways the fluids move around (osmotic pressure, hydrostatic pressure, etc). Almost none of this was on the exam . . . there was ONE question I think that was about where sodium and potassium are primarily found, that's it. So what I should have been focusing on was more the different electrolyte imbalances and what the different electrolytes do.

    Anyway, this is just a vent. I feel like e-mailing the professor, but I guess the bottom line is, the information is in the book and we are responsible for it, so my bad.

    Wish me luck on my score, I won't know 'til Monday. I just hope I can keep my A average at this point. No chance I got an A on the exam this time, so I can handle a low B if I guessed well on the many that I was unsure of.

    Kelly

    OUCH> That is a harsh lesson to learn. I learned the 2nd week of my AP class NOT to study just what the instructor said. I often found that what he didn't say was what was ending up on the exams. It was his way of finding out if we were reading the chapters and trying to grasp different concepts. Would it have been nice if he would have told us what would be on the test? SURE. It made me a better studier and it made me more aggressive in my study habits. 1 B on a test, when you are an A student, will shake your teeth lose. LOL. GOOD LUCK on your future studies and take this on the chin and move on.

    The fact that you want to succeed like this says VOLUMES about you as a person. Shoot for the moon, if you are lucky, you will see stars along the way.
  4. by   GingerSue
    good luck on all your exams

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