Just Found Out I Failed

  1. I just came home from my anatomy & physiology class. I failed the first exam for this semester. The proffessor sd that she really recommends that any one who has failed the first test to consider dropping the class. I am mortified . I really want to remain in this course because I need this course in order to gain entrance to the nursing program. I am a returning older student, I was never a very good studentin HS and feel that maybe,this is a sign that maybe I am not cut out for nursing. Although I know I would make a great addition to any nursing staff. I feel that given my track record in school, I may not be smart enough to gain entry into the program and actually graduate. I really need to find my "niche", I am not getting any younger. I now feel that maybe I should consider another major. I am a certify Coder but for that is not enough. I am asking any and everyone who reads this post, What would you do if you were in my shoes?
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  3. by   pricklypear
    What other classes have you taken? How did you do in them? Are you not understanding the material, or just having trouble organizing it and studying it? Do you have test anxiety? I remember my A&P class as containing TONS of information. Lots of memorization. Don't say you're not smart enough! Sometimes it's just a matter of HOW you study!
  4. by   ckkala
    Keep going! Do not listen to your instructor, he is just weeding people out. You now know what more you need to do, how he tests etc. I am not done with A&P yet (3 more weeks :hatparty: ) and I have been up and down, pass one test, fail another, pass one, barely pass another. I am an older student and have three kids and work. It has been hard, but I am learning just how much studying I have to do. Usually when I failed a test something was going on with my kids (concerts and projects) where I just didn't have enough time to study. I will pass this class and I know how much studying I have to do to succeed in my nursing classes.

    Keep going, you can do it! Make flash cards and test yourself over and over. Good luck
  5. by   Maisie
    Don't give up. Just change your study method. A teacher told me to change majors over 20 years ago. He said I could never make it in my field of choice. Well I graduated with honors after a rocky start. I also worked in the field for over 20 years.
  6. by   Glimmer
    i know that i always score much lower (and sometimes fail) my first test it seems like in a class... esp if it is a harder class or if the teacher has an odd way of doing tests.

    if you feel like you can grasp the class then i would not worry too much about what your instructor said. however, if you have found the class to be a major challenge thus far then you need to have a heart to heart with yourself and decide if it is because the material is too difficult or if it just a matter of not applying yourself to the class (i am usually guilty of the second).

    are you taking other classes with the a&p class?

    as to if nursing is for you or if you can make it that is something once again you have to decide on your own. everyone says that the school is pretty hard and requires a lot of dedication to the material. there is a lot of memorizing the material but at the same time you have to apply it and make it all make sense.

    being one of those people that didnt do the best they could in hs (or even the beginning of college!) i would certainly say that you can turn things around and make them work in your favor.

    hopefully, your class will get easier, you now know what to expect on the tests for the future (set up, etc), you will likely get a better grasp on the information as you go and hopefully in the end will pull out ahead

    alnee
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I took A&P 1 thirteen years ago and made a D in the class. A year later I took it again and made a C.

    I am currently going back to school, and am in A&P 1 yet again. I have made all A's, actally the highest grades on every test and set the curves. (Which means I made 100's in all the tests so far.)

    I'm not saying this to brag, but saying even a change of study habits, motivation, whatever may be needed to pass it.

    I study almost all day. I took digital photos of all lab stuff, printed them out to study, and made powerpoint quizzes for the muscles. I bought a mini skeleton on ebay to help myself learn the bones. I made flashcards. I looked up different images online to see different views of stuff. I made myself go, not only an extra mile, but an extra 5 miles to make sure I get an A in this class.

    It is hard because there is so much to learn. The muscle tissue and nervous tissue seemed to be the hardest.

    If you decide to stick it out, my website is www.nursingjourney.com. I have all my lab pics, quizzes, etc. on there. Maybe they will help you. If your school has a science resource room, use it. If you college offers free tutors, use them. If your school offers open lab time, go to all that you can.

    Your determination could possibly get you to pass this class, even with failing the first test. How many test do you have? Does the nursing school you want to attend require a certain grade in this class, does it go by GPA for admittance?

    You have to decide what you need to do. When is your drop date? Will you have another test before your drop date?

    Good luck.
  8. by   Andi33
    Quote from Triple A's
    I just came home from my anatomy & physiology class. I failed the first exam for this semester. The proffessor sd that she really recommends that any one who has failed the first test to consider dropping the class. I am mortified . I really want to remain in this course because I need this course in order to gain entrance to the nursing program. I am a returning older student, I was never a very good studentin HS and feel that maybe,this is a sign that maybe I am not cut out for nursing. Although I know I would make a great addition to any nursing staff. I feel that given my track record in school, I may not be smart enough to gain entry into the program and actually graduate. I really need to find my "niche", I am not getting any younger. I now feel that maybe I should consider another major. I am a certify Coder but for that is not enough. I am asking any and everyone who reads this post, What would you do if you were in my shoes?
    Whatever you do, DON'T give up! I'm a 44 year old Medical Assisting student who decided to go back to school. I'll be graduating in May. I had the same problem with A&P and actually had to re-take it. My instructor was an MD in her first teaching job and the exams were very hard. I had 2 weeks to go and was passing with a B, but decided to drop. I didn't feel like I had learned enough from her. The lectures were long and I took tons of notes, but on exam day, it became apparent that her exams were not based on our lecture notes! Half of the class either dropped or flunked out. My point being, it may not be you. I don't think it's fair for your instructor to base your future in the class on one exam! Besides, the first one is always the hardest. I bombed my first pharm exam and was ready to give up. But hang in there, get your confidence back, and you'll do fine!
  9. by   Catch
    Quote from Triple A's
    I just came home from my anatomy & physiology class. I failed the first exam for this semester. The proffessor sd that she really recommends that any one who has failed the first test to consider dropping the class. I am mortified . I really want to remain in this course because I need this course in order to gain entrance to the nursing program. I am a returning older student, I was never a very good studentin HS and feel that maybe,this is a sign that maybe I am not cut out for nursing. Although I know I would make a great addition to any nursing staff. I feel that given my track record in school, I may not be smart enough to gain entry into the program and actually graduate. I really need to find my "niche", I am not getting any younger. I now feel that maybe I should consider another major. I am a certify Coder but for that is not enough. I am asking any and everyone who reads this post, What would you do if you were in my shoes?
    I bombed out of my first A&P exam and so did several other students. I buckled down to pass the class with an acceptable, if not outstanding grade. My mom went back to nursing school as an older student, and A&P was her Mt Everest, too. She didn't rest until she found a way to get a grip on the information and pass the class with a high score. So, don't let one failed exam wash you out of the program. There may be other issues going on for you besides just the exam issue, and you will want to consider all of them.
  10. by   jbjints
    I wouldn't give up either. Keep going but modify your study habits. A&P is alot of memorization in my opinion and at the same time it's alot of understanding. Have you tried study groups? I found study groups to help me alot. Good luck the rest of the way, just put a little more study time in and you'll be fine.
  11. by   FirewalkerRN
    DON'T GIVE UP!!!Listen to the advice others have offered. If you want to see me do something.....tell me "you can't" Enough said.

    In my senior year of nursing school in my pediatric rotation I had three instructors. Two of which taught about childhood diseases and the treatment for such. The other one taught about developmental stages and Independence ~vs~ Shame and doubt. She was the lead instructor and got to make up 70% of the test.

    Cut to the chase::::::::

    I needed a 87 on my final or I would fail. That is stress......because to repeat the class you had to wait another year to get back in where you left off. I had a lot of doubt........but buckled down and made a 93. Did she think I would pass? Probably not. Did I ....... Why yes........yes I did.

    Stick with it and don't let your instructor use a mind game to make you weed yourself out. If you give it an honest effort and still fail then so be it. Take it again.

    But NEVER give up.

    And may you have the blessings of a thousand monks to get through this!!!

    Scott
  12. by   live4today
    ((((((((((triple a's)))))))))) whatever you do, don't give in to the pressure of having to learn so much material. take it one page at a time. you may be expecting too much of yourself so soon in the game. relax, and don't let the material overwhelm you. if you have to repeat the course, then so be it. giving up won't get you through the program, but perseverance will.

    and........the smartest students aren't always the best nurses in the long run. :kiss give yourself more time. start telling yourself you have whatever you need to succeed inside yourself. let it out, and go for it.
  13. by   Nurseismade RN
    Whatever you do...do not drop out. A&P is difficult, I too am an older student, and my first and second test bombed. The difference between my professor and yours.....he encourages us to study harder and even provides his own website to help us. Since then I have scored well and my last lab test scored in the 90's You will be a terrific nurse one day...remember that.

    Also on this great site, I think under pre-student or student nurse there are
    A&P links that are very helpful

    remember do not give up..... :wink2:
  14. by   Atlnurstudt
    I would look at the reason WHY you failed...did you study? How much? Did you read the chapters in the book word for word? If not, I would try that first. If you've already done all that, then you may need to consider that maybe your brain is not made to learn in a scientific manner, so to speak. While nursing is about compassionate caring, and that aspect may appeal to your strengths, not everyone has the scientific aptitude to learn all the material necessary for good nursing care. People's lives are at stake here and if you feel the material is too difficult for you, perhaps you would consider being a CNA or LPN even. I don't want to be negative, I just want to impress on you that this is a career in which you must be able to think in a medical, scientific, critical manner. Nursing school goes even more in depth than A&P and you will need to learn A&P very well to have a solid base.

    Good Luck in what you decide!

    Blessings,
    C
    Last edit by Atlnurstudt on Apr 22, '05

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