Hi, new here, but not new to nursing school. I am in the thick of it. I actually have a learning disability in math and algebra kicked my buttocks, however I passed with a B in the end and even completed Statistics with a C a year later (BSN requirements). How I got through Algebra? I spent a lot of time in the colleges learning center (tutoring center). I would come in early to go before class, after class and when I had problems grasping things. My biggest issue was setting up equations. So what can you do to help yourself get through the class with a passing grade and a little less stress?
ASSESS your weakness in the subject. If you know where the problem is you can deal with it easier. Sometimes it is as simple as setting it up. Often there are EASIER ways to do the problem, tutors are great at giving you pointers on how to make it easier for you. Ask your instructor. Also sometimes it really is the instructor who is the problem, I had an instructor that new math and loved it, they were new to teaching and teaching was their weakness. I took a different instructor after failing and passed with much more ease.
Make a PLAN. Plan your success. If tutoring helps you make it a part of your regular schedule. If you need to spend more time studying, plan for it, it will help come nursing school at any rate.
IMPLEMENT it! What are you waiting for? Get to it and get it done, remember you are capable of passing the class. Use those tutors for all they are worth, pick their brains.
EVALUATE: Did tutoring help you? Did studying at school versus say home help? It is good to know what works because if you get into nursing school you are going to want to keep these strategies in mind when you hit a rough spot, which you will.
Now as to the ratios of students that apply to students accepted? I know my school has room for 60 new students each fall/spring semester. Now they base admission on a lot of things Support course work (courses that are not prerequisites but are required before you can move forward in nursing program, like you must take microbiology either during 2nd semester or prior to, if you don't take it and pass you can't go forward.) GPA is of course considered but find out what the program you will be apply to requires, how they rank students, ect... Or ask a nursing student, they are busy but most are pretty nice, and my school uses (most use) the HESIA2 assessment. Know your decimals and fractions and RATIOS! I never was very good at determining slope or Ax+By=Z but I can knock out those ratios pretty well. I also am able to do dosage calculations pretty well too. I always forget to bring a pencil to my tests so I have to do them in my head, but so far so good.
So if 240 students applied to my program, then yes only 1:4 get in, but they have these caps because clinical sites allow only so many students per site and there are only so many instructors. Medical school is not the same as nursing school, very different in regards to how it is set up and so on, so it's not a really fair comparison.
I wish you the best of luck with all your prerequisites. I think if you really want to be a nurse then you will find your way!