How did you pass dosage calculation?

1. I took my dosage calculation test today, and I'm fairly certain I didn't pass with the required 90%. I have two more opportunities to take the test. In order for me to learn math and how to do the problems I have to repeat the problems a million times over. This was just not possible in a class that only met 4 times. Once the semester starts I will get a tutor, but in the mean time can anyone offer any advice or tips on what helped them pass their dosage calculation test? Books with lots of problems, that type of thing? Thanks in advance!
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3. I practiced many of the questions in the chapter reviews. I took good notes in class. Also, the online companion for your book should have a bazillion practice questions, quizzes, and maybe even some online tutors. If this still doesn't help you, try the tutor or get together with one of the students who are doing fairly better in the class. Dosage calc really isn't that difficult, you just got to practice. Good luck.
4. Practice, practice, practice.

Don't bother working out calculations you already know. Focus on the one's you are having trouble with.

I had to make a 100% in order to pass. You can do 90%.

Don't think to hard. Memorize formulas.

I am so glad to be done with Pharmacology!!
5. We had to teach ourselves the math. We had no math class. We were given a 400 plus page book, and told to complete every page prior to the exam. Apparently it worked because I made a 100, and I'm not phenomenal at math. I suggest Googling medical math practice problems. This could help you find problems you can practice online. Also, look for the calculations online, and see if you can find a website that breaks them down. Try this website and see if it helps:

nursing calculators
6. agreed on the Practice, Practice, Practice.
There are several formulas you can use. Me, I prefer the "Dimensional Analysis" method because I never have to memorize a formula.

Google it and look for a video. In essence it puts everything in a fraction format, then you just cancel out the units, and multiply across, then divide
Last edit by GonnaBSN on Jan 14, '12 : Reason: wonky formatting prevented me from giving you an example