Tutors for nursing classes?

  1. Help!!! I am almost at the end of my rope. I am repeating OB-Peds. I got an 84 on the first OB test, but a 69 on the OB final. Now we are starting
    Pediatrics. I have to pass these two exams or I am out of the school.
    I was thinking about trying to find a tutor, but having read the post by some new students. I am having such a time answering these questions. I keep picking the wrong answers. I don't know what to do. I have two and a half weeks before my first pediatrics exam!!! Do you think a tutor would help or do I just have to organize my studying in a different way. By the way the course is accelerated ten and a half weeks for OB and Peds. Maybe I made a mistake taking this course. Any suggestions???
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   RN BSN 2009
    Put up a post at your school and see if any other students who have already passed the class would be willing to tutor you in exchange of some $ !
  4. by   stressgal
    While in nursing school I tutored. The best advice I can give you is to find a good NCLEX review book to use as a study guide. This will help you focus on the truly important aspects of the topic. There are many good ones. I used Saunders and HESI, but find out what your school prefers. By practicing the NCLEX style questions that come with these study guides you will also better prepare yourself for the most important test. I also recommend a study group to help you stay on task and divide the work load.
    good luck. Let us know if we can be of any help.
  5. by   Daytonite
    with pediatrics you need to know normal child growth and development patterns. this is important when assessing children because you need to observe any difference in the behaviors they are exhibiting because children, in general, can't tell you what is wrong with them like an adult can.

    this is a link to an older pediatric admission assessment sheet. what i think is valuable about it, is the very last page (it's 5 pages long). it includes a good assessment of the patient by age appropriate behavior for a child. http://www.hospitalsoup.com/public/p...assessment.pdf

    i'm also giving you some other links on how to study for nursing tests. in case you haven't figured it all out yet, the application questions you get on tests require you to put a number of elements together in order to apply the question of priority to them. it requires knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology, the knowledge of many disease processes, standard treatments that will be ordered by the doctor, normal dosages of medications, the nursing process, appropriate nursing interventions and priorities.

    http://go.dbcc.edu/hhps/nursing/study_skills.html - study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
    http://go.dbcc.edu/hhps/nursing/test_taking_skills.html - test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to choose the correct answer for these application type questions.

    http://www.efn.org/~nurses/ - this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f50/righ...dy-188919.html - right way to study?

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f50/nurs...er-187954.html

    http://www.learningext.com/students/qofweek.asp - question of the week. every monday a question from the online nclex-rn examination course from ncsbn and it's answer is posted here on this page.
    Last edit by Daytonite on Dec 13, '06
  6. by   Daytonite
    you should also check out this thread on allnurses:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f205/hea...ms-145091.html - health assessment resources, techniques, and forms (in nursing student assistance forum)
    if i'm not mistaken, vickyrn has posted a link to a good pediatric assessment tool on there. also, if you are a regular reader of these nursing students threads at all, you must know that i answer a lot of questions about nursing care plans. nursing process figures very prominently in the logic of answering questions on exams. assessment is the beginning step of the nursing process. you have got to know normal pediatric behaviors from abnormal ones because they are going to trip you up with those on test questions every time. know the sequential steps in the nursing process and how you get from one step to the next. the correct answers to many test questions can be directly traced to exactly where you are in the nursing process in that particular test question situation. this is all related to critical thinking.
  7. by   NaomieRN
    I agree 100% with stressgal, you have to find a good nclex book to practice the type of questions. The idea is to know the strategy of the test and learn to master it. After I read all the assigned chapters and go over my notes, I practice 75 nclex questions from different books. So far, I am doing well.
  8. by   81ke83
    One of the things we do to learn the material is quiz each other. It is one thing to think you know the stuff and another to be able to recite it. I have a really good test taking book called Test for success, it explains how to figure out what is being asked. Then it has sample questions and the rationele for why you pick one answer over another. Whatever you do get going, my daughter failed a test and it isn't very pleasant getting back into the program. I have a person that started with me and we study together and quiz each other all the time. Is there anyone you can study with?

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