Simple Nursing course turning out to be a complete nightmare.......help! - page 2

Hi everyone, I am currently in my first semester of nursing school. Some of my prereqs were taken over the summer. Right now I am taking the following courses: Anatomy & Physiology II Organic & Biological Chemistry... Read More

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    Every nursing instructor I had said if it is in the text it can be tested. If you knew the information why didn't you pass the test? I was a straight A and B student before nursing school, my first semester of the nursing program I developed test anxiety. I took other classes during the nursing program and never had test anxiety in any of them except the nursing courses. I know it seems weird but do you think it's possible that you may have test anxiety?

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    I detest when professors in any course waste class hours with tons of impertinent BS. I have seen this before. They bloviate for x amount of classes, and then they do the panic squeeze as they get near the end of the term, b/c they know they are supposed to at least touch upon certain things--and they didn't effectively pace the curriculum. So, yea. That's bad teaching. They need to stay on point. Some diversions can be tangentially worked into the lectures, but the prof should be careful with this and respect the students' time. This is how I teach. I am folksy and share some things if they can carry into the lectures, but it's unfair and false representation, in my view, when profs go way off target and/or don't cover the material that was supposed to be carefully developed and hit upon as noted in the objectives in the course outlines. I also hate a lack of clear rubrics as well. People are paying a good deal of money to be there; don't waste their time. It's disrespectful and quite frankly a rip-off.

    Most of my professors at any college or university I've attended test a good piece on what they presented in lecture. No doubt you have to cover things in more depth on your own, and then you have to sweep review.

    But regarding the haphazard teaching, well, it just goes to show that you can get a degree, but it doesn't mean you can teach and teach well. Yes, adult learners have to learn a lot on their own; but the professors set the parameters and the tone.

    Nah, she's not going to focus on every minute detail; b/c it's impractical. That's why you have to do a clear and concise overview, and note where the focus will be from her lectures and syllabus. What does the syllabus say?

    Job one in academic success is familiarizing yourself with the complete syllabus and any course material and information specific to the course that goes with it. If you are in a university, the college of nursing within the university develops and vets the material, and all syllabi have to be pre-submitted with a full plan and rubrics.

    Overview/outline each chapter. Outline objectives for each subdivision in syllabus and course material. Review these thoroughly, and then study for your own self-edification. That's what I did with great success.

    It's also better to ask the professor questions of a specific nature, rather than asking them to tell you what's going to be on the test. They figure if you have read the material and are seeing that you are meeting the objectives and comprehend them, then you are generally aware. In general, they will usually only take specific questions.

    If the professor focuses on particular things, take special note of it; it's likely to be covered. The reason I said to do a general overview is b/c you don't know what will be covered specifically in terms of all the test questions. *They can only make the test so long. I've been interested in certain things, and focused on those things more, and low and behold, they were barely covered or not even mentioned on exams. So, I learned to overview and outline as comprehensively as possible, and then I focus on what interests me. That way I can kill the exam, and then actually learn. *Note, studying for the test is only part of learning. I have a different philosophical view on what real learning actually is compared with other people, so. . .

    Also, if they have given you specific assignments or projects that address particulars on the objectives, go over them.

    They have certain expectations and so do you. This is why clear objectives and specific rubrics are important. You have to converge with them where they meet as well as where they make the most sense for you. But never blow off the syllabus. Sometimes professors will dance around what's in them, but at the best schools, IMHO, they generally don't, and the professors are expected to guide the students properly through meeting them. But only YOU can determine if you are getting them--or understanding them. So the bulk of the work in that regard is on you. Most professors aren't going to lose sleep on whether a student is "getting" the objectives or not. If you don't feel you are, after putting in the work, you have to make an appoint with the prof. or go to office hours.


    Good luck.
    Last edit by samadams8 on Oct 15, '12
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    What the samadams said.


    In addition to this, you need to review your material and determine what is highly pertinent and what is not. It's of no use to just blindly memorize everything - that's a waste of time. Review your materials and ask yourself - does this particular term or concept seem like something I ought to know really well?

    Everyone learns differently, but what I personally do is focus on the bigger picture/concept. I make sure I understand that, and then the rest falls into place. I also run through material I have covered in my head - while I'm driving, walking, whatever. I ponder and examine it in my head, and it usually sticks that way.
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    Be prepared for many chapters. Know the *important* stuff, not all of it.
    This will continue for your entire nursing school career - I have never had a test with less than 10 chapters covered.
    It's unfortunate that your professor doesn't want to give you direction, but surely you have power points or some form of outline/notes from lecture. Use those tools as your study guide. Read over the chapters looking for the things that match your notes/slides.
    Only one of my professors gives us study guides, and he writes a disclaimer that there will be material on the test not covered by the guide. The rest of my professors expect us to know what information is most important.
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    We have no study guides or power points. We get 4 lectures at 2 hours each to get everything covered. We make whatever notes we can, the lecture is very fast. Our last exam was over 26 chapters, the next one is 22. It is indeed stressful to try and figure out what and how to study. I am happy just to make the 78% needed to pass. Some days I want to just give up, but as long as I am passing I will keep on trying to do my best.
    Hang in there, and good luck!
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    Welcome to college. The quality of lecture will vary from professor to professor. You just have to learn to go with the flow and adapt to various teaching or well not teaching styles. Ultimately your success or failure depends on you.
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    I'm not sure how similar nursing programs are but your description of your program striked me as extremely similar to my own. Especially when you mention your 129 course. I don't know how many other programs have the same course numbers for their classes but I feel as though we might be in the same school.

    Do you by any chance attend a small-ish private college in Long Island NY?
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    Thanks again for all the responses!

    I realize that I could have summed up the thread in about 1 paragraph so sorry again for making it so long. I guess I was just on a rant because while I don't expect to be spoon fed what will be on every test, it just really aggravates me when I pay THOUSANDS of dollars in tuition to LEARN, only to have a nursing professor teaches absolutely NOTHING while spending the entirety of every class talking about her own personal accomplishments and her frequent trips to Paris.....

    I ended up getting an 80 on the test. I thought I failed miserably but I guess I was just worrying a lot cause it was the first test and the questions weren't remotely familiar to the text. I know I will do better on the next one though.

    In response to EP10, you are right! Specifically in Rockville Centre.
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    In response to nurse2be13, I never said I wanted the instructor to tell me verbatim what would be on the exam, a little help on what to FOCUS on out of 60+ pages of useless information from the textbook might seem reasonable. Sorry it was too long, no one told you to read it.
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    Looks like we are in the same nursing program

    I took Nur 129 last semester.

    Maybe we had or have some of the same professors?
    Last edit by EP10 on Oct 24, '12


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