It is hard, i'm not going to tell you its not. I can't speak for any other levels, but Level 1 has great instructors. I really enjoyed most of them...there are about 9 total, so of course you will like some better than others. Hopefully you get a clinical instructor that you like. Both Lab instructors are AWESOME.
I should clarify...I DID pass Level 1, however, I didn't pass Issues and Perspectives and that is the only reason I am not going to Level 2. So, yes, that one credit hour course CAN hold you back! They count points off for attendance and tardies....a hard lesson I learned! So don't blow that class off just because its only 1 credit hour. So it sucks to not be going to Level 2 , but hey, in the Spring, we should have Level 2 together.
As for Foundations, I think its just easier for some people than others. I was not one of those people it was easy for. It's not lack of knowledge, its really critical thinking and learning how to answer the test questions. I made straight As in my prereqs, and I never made an A on one single exam in Level 1. So its a bit of an ego blow! However, there are students that made A's so I know it can be done.
As for tips to help you...
Read the chapters. Don't get behind.
. Learn what study methods work for you and which ones don't.
NEVER work on Sundays! All your exams are on Monday and you will want/need to study!
Don't put your care plan off until Sunday! Even if you think you only have a little to do, it ALWAYS takes longer than you expect it to. I can't tell you how many Sunday nights I stayed up until 2am trying to finish my care plan!
. Make friends, exchange numbers. It is so helpful to have a buddy you can bounce things off of, or just vent to.
Remember that nursing schools literally makes you bipolar. I am not kidding! Lol. There are days I think to myself "I can't do this, its ridiculous for it to be so hard, I'm done!" and then there are days, like today, that I am convinced I can do it, and I love it, and I can't wait!
Hope this helps calm your nerves! Level 1 really does test your committment level to Nursing, and you'll know if you made the right career choice. You can do it, if you want to!