Can a teacher do this? - page 2

by Dezy

Ok so I had a midterm yesterday. I have been studying for a little over two weeks straight for this example. I would go over the material she has posted online (she likes to do everything on power int) she also just does her... Read More


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    I had almost the exact same thing happen at my last med/surg exam. The class average was a 74. The teacher is new to our school and isn't completely sure of what our knowledge base is at this point in our degrees, and she had to follow another teachers curriculum. After the exam she had a class discussion because she wants us to learn this stuff and it became apparent that we hadn't.
    She is making some adjustments to our lecture format so we are covering more in class. We have the same issue of too much material to cover so we need to do a ton of outside studying, our class just found that we all studied the wrong stuff.
    It was definitely a learning experience but it knocked down my class average almost 10 points! I will likely pass with a B but it was terrifying to get such a low grade. I need to have a test average of 80 to stay in my program or I will not be enrolled in the next semesters classes.
    It does happen, and yes they can. I completely understand the feeling of hitting a brick wall when it happens though.
    Take a deep breath, brush yourself off and start again.
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    Sorry I failed to mention, this is for anatomy. I have the same teacher for anatomy and physiology.
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    Hey, that happened to us this week! Our Peds test was a disaster. The class average was 71%, passing is 75!!
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    I'm not sure why you would think a teacher couldn't do this. You admit that you only went over "a bit" of the text book- perhaps the details you didn't go over in class were in the chapters that you were expected to have read- in detail. Prioritization questions are common in nursing and you will find many of these types of questions on NCLEX. Your teacher is doing good by using these types of questions.
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    My patho teacher did the same thing for our last test and half the class was whining and crying about it.

    Tests don't measure what you memorized; they measure what you're supposed to have learned. Can you apply the material that was presented? Our tests used to say things like, "What is an example of altered perfusion?" and the answer would be something like "myocardial infarction."
    Now they don't. We have to know the concepts in order to answer the questions.

    We're adults. We're in college. Nobody is going to hold your hand, give you a sticker for trying, and tell you what's on the test. What's the point otherwise? There is a belief held among fellow students that "anything that isn't gonna be on the test shouldn't have to be studied." Not true. They can only ask so many questions on a test. We're going to become nurses. Your charge nurse is not going to tell you how to care for each patient-- that's up to you and that's why we have to actually learn a lot of things on our own whether or not it's gonna be on the test.
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    Yikes! Hang in there future nurse... Study those concepts inside and out...
    Thanks for sharing your story, as this information will help me too!
    Keep your head in the books.
    Blessings~
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    wow clearly no one on the board can read what I actually said.
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    and that maybe part of your problem.....that what you are trying to say isn't coming thru. Honestly your first post did come off whiney. Back up, rethink, restate. good luck
    Quote from Dezy
    wow clearly no one on the board can read what I actually said.
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    No teacher can cover EVERYTHING. It is up to you to take responsibility for learning the rest. Like they have said previously, no one is going to spoon feed it to you. They can give you the tools you need to pass the tests but you have to learn how to apply it yourself.When you write the NCLEX it will all be fair game.
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Nov 17, '12
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    To be fair, even YOU were aware that you were whining in your post. No one thinks you're a child, but much like children, whining rubs people the wrong way. That could be why you feel like people are talking to you like you're a kid.

    Your teacher has every right to test you on things she didn't lecture about. I understand that you feel like your tuition should guarantee 100% material coverage, but I don't know what to tell you except that's not how it works. It's just not. Some teachers will baby you and give you a study guide full of test questions. Some will put all tests able info on Pps. Some will lecture out of multiple materials and only give you notes on some of it. Some teachers spend entire class periods talking about their dreams and hobbies and you have to teach yourself EVERYTHING.

    If you don't like your teacher's style, have a good whine/moan about it and the suck it up and adjust and do what needs to be done. While everyone else in your class is wasting away the semester complaining, you'll be rising to the top. Not only will that help you get into nursing classes if you aren't already, but it'll help you get through them.
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