Falling apart...

  1. I am mentally falling apart right now. I am trying to prepare for the NLN enterance exam and I just don't know what to do. I am reading the review guide. I don't know what to do! I have worked so hard to get to this point and I don't evne know what to do with myself anymore. I am telling myself now that I shouldn't even take it because I am going to make a fool of myself :angryfire
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hey whoa there Jamie-Sue! You sound so frazzled. What about taking a break, go out tonight, have a wonderful time and forget the test for just a little while?

    Then...when you do come back, you will be refreshed and able to see things in a new light. Nothing in this world is worth this kind of stress. In order to do well you have to relax. Don't give up!
  4. by   MamaGyrl
    That's right. Trust me just take a break, relax and then regroup. Think positive and you will be positive. Do not let your own negative thoughts convince you that you will not do well because YOU WILL! Good luck to you and remember stay positive!
  5. by   Jamie-Sue
    OK, I went and took a nap. I didn't sleep much but cleared my mind for a couple of hours. I feel a little more refreshed. I think I just feel frustrated with the verbal stuff, really...how do I get ready for that part of it? Theres no amount of studying that is going to change it because I don't know the words that are on the exam itself. Its stressful! I have worked for a long time to get to this point and I am literally in the application process right now and there is only one thing standing between me and the perfect candidate application. I have a 3.9 GPA, I've finished Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 which is very important at the schools im applying at and I have great references. I don't know. I just want to do good and I don't want to have to wait another year to get into the program because I messed up on this exam!
  6. by   JeanettePNP
    I'm guessing that if you had the skills and capability to pull a 3.9 average, you probably will not have a hard time scoring well on the exam, unless you get into such a panic that you freeze. Remind yourself of how far you've come and you'll probably do a lot better than you think.
  7. by   Jamie-Sue
    Well...I've never taken any english classes. I dropped out of HS in 9th grade and I did go on to get my GED. I took a sample exam in the review book and got 33 of the 60 questions wrong....THATS TERRIBLE! How do I study for the verbal?
  8. by   prmenrs
    When do you have to take the test? What were the words you didn't understand on the sample? You need to look them up and study how they are used.

    I'll bet there are sites that have High School and college English study guides on them. I'm @ work right now, but I'll try to find some later. You could maybe google "english homework".
  9. by   Jamie-Sue
    there are a ton of words. I did the sample exams in the NLN pre enterance exam review guide and got 33 out of 60 wrong!! That is just crazy! Does anyone know know how hard the words are on the actual NLN?
  10. by   pdmech73
    Step 1- calm down

    -Paul
  11. by   MBARNBSN
    I agree with the others. You need to relax, calm down, and do your best. Besides building vocabulary usually takes YEARS to develop not days or weeks. Thus getting stressed out will not do you any good.
  12. by   Jamie-Sue
    I am calmer right now. I just need to pass this! I know there is really nothing I can do about the vocabulary but I am hoping the reading comprehension will take care of that for me. Happy new year everyone!
  13. by   nursekatie22
    Never underestimate a good, long, deep breath!
  14. by   DesertRain
    jamie-sue,
    i'm taking the nln in february as well. i am literally brilliant in english. i have never gotten less than an a in any of my english classes since elementary school through college--but those words for the nln are ridiculous--i had to look up almost every single word on those practice exams. i have always taken pride in my vocabulary and and it is very demotivating and frustrating to hit a brick wall when you come across a word you don't know. don't give up though.
    this is what i did:
    i took a pocket-sized notebook and page tabs (the sticky tabs/flags you can buy at office depot--or even wal-mart) and tabbed 2-3 pages for each letter of the alphabet
    i went through the nln book and went through every word (including the words in the multiple choice answers) that i did not know - at all or that well and i looked up the definition, memorized it and wrote it down in my own words in the notebook.
    but- i also studied the word origins like "nascent" for example:

    [origin: 1615–25; < l nāscent- (s. of nāscns), prp. of nāscī to be born, arise, equiv. to (tus) born (var. of gnātus) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent]

    by learning the origins, other words might be easier to figure out. if i know the origin of the word than i can make an "educated" guess.
    then i just go over the words, try to use them in conversation, and even make up sentences in my head whenever i think of the word.
    i also tote this notebook wherever i go lately because it's not always at home where i might come across a word i don't know, sometimes you hear something or read something when you are out and about and that way i can just jot that down in my book as well. even if it's not from the book i think that it's still beneficial.

    i don't know what you're study method is and i can't say mine will work for you but i do understand your frustrations and maybe share something that you could try. i wish you the best of luck!

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