Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~
Most importantly though, you need to figure out why you're floundering and make some changes.
Yup, completely agree that the first step you should take is identify what the problem is.
So you didn't pass because you missed too many questions on your weekly exam. Why do you think you missed those questions? This is where you have to be a bit insightful and honest with yourself.
Were you truly as prepared as you should have been prior to taking the exam?
Did you study and review the material enough to be able to grasp an understanding of the underlying concepts?
If you believe that you had done both of these things, then the problem lies elsewhere.
Did you fully understand what the questions were asking of you?
Or perhaps did the available responses that you had to choose from confuse you or conflict with what you had studied?
I remember during my first term in nursing school a large portion of our cohort initially struggled when faced with "NCLEX-style questions". Remember that many of these questions are accompanied by responses which one may argue can all be correct. But you're tasked with selecting the "best" response. This is where your ability to prioritize, or your ability to utilize ADPIE, Maslow's or any of the other fundamental nursing concepts truly comes into play,
Personally, I think that the best way to overcome this hurdle is through discussion with your peers. Get together and talk through some practice questions. This can help you as a group unravel the correct answer together. It also gives you insight into different ways of thinking that you may not have been able to see clearly before. Group discussions/study sessions allow each one of you to justify why you chose a particular response and it also allows others to challenge these differing answers. collectively forcing your group to use your critical thinking skills to hopefully arrive at the one that is most correct.
Remember NCLEX-styled questions aren't like anatomy, physiology or other questions from prereq courses that may just require you to memorize the information. These questions that you're going to continue to face throughout nursing school will challenge your ability to use your critical thinking skills and they'll also continue to challenge your ability to look through the surface of each question and unravel the deeper concept lying beneath.
Keep your head up though, you're only 4 weeks in! Just don't lose hope or motivation. And remember to identify what the issue is specifically on why you're getting the grades that you are. Finally just do your best to form a strategy to overcome that issue.