Can a teacher do this? - page 5

by Dezy

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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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    Our fundamentals teacher regularly issues exams that make the whole class collectively go "*****?? We never even talked about that!" And when we had our class reps (who meet with the instructors once a month as our liasons) speak with her about it, we were given the reply that a lot of people here have said to you...that she is able to cover maybe 25% of what's in the book during class and the rest is up to us to know and read for ourselves. They put out a syllabus with reading assignments for a reason, and I DO the reading...I read the whole chapter, as painfully long as they sometimes are, before AND AFTER a lecture. It's the people in my class who just gloss over the textbook stuff or don't read it at all who are floundering.
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    Hey gang, I wanted to thank everyone for their responses, even the ones that came of cold, believe me I get it. *sighI really don't mind constructive criticism just some responses didn't seem to help, and I was kind of wondering why someone would say that to someone if they knew and had gone brought the same experience.I realized considering the circumstances I am being a moron for not going over the text book more. I am aware there can only be so much coverage in a class.However my frustration with this situation is NOT because we didn't cover the material in class but she didn't direct us in what we needed to review. Like I said I'm more than willing to do be work but if I am not informed of what I need to know how can one possibly do well especially since there is so much material?When I started this course I was freaking out because I wasn't doing well no matter how hard I tried in the practice quizzes we have access to. I emailed her asking how I can do well in this course and her reply was, unless I'm asking a direct question she isn't going to help me. The. Informed me to go talk to a ta.The material is very hard and all I wanted is a fair chance.... I don't think I will end up passing this class because all we have are 2 midterms and 1 final and no other work to help raise the mark and I'm not so sure I will be able to recover. Time to suck it up and try again I suppose. Just wish I didn't feel so hopeless after all the hard work.
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    You are still stuck on the fact that "she didn't direct you in what you needed to review". People have told you over and over in this thread that YOU need to be responsible for knowing it all, your instructor is NOT going to tell you what you need to review because she expects you to review it all. Ergo, ALL of it is fair game on the exam. Yes, there IS a lot of material. Yes, this IS a lot to know in nursing. All of which you are responsible for learning about.
    I'm sorry you think that not all of the responses you received were not helpful, but if seems to me that you are still not getting what 99% of the posters were (and still are) trying to tell you. How this can still be the instructors fault eludes me.
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    well personally a lot of instructors have been doing this lately. They just stand up there lecture with powerpoints and students copy down everything and just study the powerpoints and ignore the readings assigned and complain. Always read what is assigned because majority of the questions are from there and explain the lectures in more detail where it will help you understand your test questions better. In the end its always the students responsiblity to read the required material, I bet half of your classmates have just studied the powerpoint and thats why they felt like that. overall just use the powerpoints to guide you in the right directions of what to study and you will be fine.
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    When you write the NCLEX do you think it will be based on just what your instructor put on her power points? No. It will be based on all of it.
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    Quote from Dezy
    However my frustration with this situation is NOT because we didn't cover the material in class but she didn't direct us in what we needed to review. Like I said I'm more than willing to do be work but if I am not informed of what I need to know how can one possibly do well especially since there is so much material?
    You got a course syllabus at the beginning of the course, right? With all the readings for the semester listed, by the days they're assigned? That's how you know what you need to know and need to review for exams.
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    What is it you feel we are missing?
    That it's the teachers fault, she did nothing wrong, etc.
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    Before you said it I guessed this might be AP. this is my hell right now. The only study guide I get is "the start of chapter x to the end of chapter x" So 350 pages and anything is fair game?! Okie gotcha. So I live at my kitchen table. I study on my lunch break and my 2 15 minute breaks. I have put in 100s of hours (1) bc my prof only reads ppt and does very little instruction and (2) I need to not just be able to regurgitate it but also need to really understand it. So I am, in essence, teaching myself Ap (w the help of YouTube!). Sucks but what other choice is there? All that to say, I get you - it's frustrating as hell. I'd kill for a study guide! But I know there won't be one coming so I keep trucking. You can do this, OP, just over study. Study so hard you could teach the class. And when all else fails, be glad there are only a few weeks left in the semester!!

    Ps: I have a bachelors and part of a masters. I have been a perpetual student, I feel like. Professors like this make me want to pull my hair out!!!! There are many many out there that are awesome and give guidance and this one you have now will make you appreciate the awesome ones even more good luck!
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    Take it as a lesson learned and continue to work hard. With that said, there is NO way to tell what you need to review when you take the NCLEX. All the info taught to prepare you to be a nurse is fair game. That's is YEARS worth of info!!!
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    Quote from elkpark
    You got a course syllabus at the beginning of the course, right? With all the readings for the semester listed, by the days they're assigned? That's how you know what you need to know and need to review for exams.
    We did not get one of these except for a different class.

    P.S

    I'm Canadian so I don't think I will be taking NCLEX. From what I heard our material is even harder than the stuff in te states. I remember going to the library and finding a NCLEX book, and thinking gee, this doesn't look too bad at all... then I found out we don't get the same thing. I saw our questions and then realized theres a big difference.




    As for the rest everything else... I got a horrid mark and if I'm lucky the bell curve will save me. Our class average dropped around 10% i think.

    Not exactly sure what people on this thread think I should be doing.... if I'm not directed by my teacher. Some people managed to make some suggestions to which I appreciate... those that made comments pretty much telling me to deal with it... might be more helpful if you suggest something. Im willing to listen and apply it. I just want to be successful.


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