I've been in nursing school four semesters now and I want to offer you some tips that I have learned along the way in relation to answering questions correctly. Trust me. I was in your shoes and now, I have this semester and next to pull my GPA up much higher than it is right now. Won't be a problem now that I have figured out how to answer questions the right way. Yes, there is a strategy.
Sooo, when you answer questions, think this way.
1. your ABC's ALWAYS come first. airway, breathing, circulation.
2. Always remember you must ASSESS first before you DO ANYTHING.
3. If the question is T/F and the word "all" is in there, NORMALLY and this is directly from NCLEX study guide, it is FALSE.
4. I know this is difficult to do, but your first answer is usually "right". DON'T use your eraser and change it. I just received an 'A' on my med surg II exam and there were three answers on it that I changed. However, I changed two of those answers back to the original. When going over the exam, the two I changed back were correct and the one I changed was wrong and my first answer on it was correct. Trust your gut, I swear. This is MY BIGGEST challenge
5. Obviously process of elimination. READ all the answers and hold onto the ones you know for sure and then sort through the answers you're not sure of. This goes into play on all multiple choice and the questions that ask you to choose all that apply.
I figured these things out and they have turned out to be the most helpful while learning how to answer questions on exams.
Critical thinking is NOT EASY. It is the most DIFFICULT part of becoming an RN
I hope these tips help you. They're simple, but very worthy