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by Marilyn Marilyn (New) New

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Hello,

 

I recently started my first semester in Fundamentals and it has been challenging. Prior to core all my grades were excellent A's & B's. Now it seems so challenging to get a good grade, that along even a C. I'm studying so much until when I get my exam it's like okay where did this come from. Can someone shed some light on any suggestions or books I could use to help me. 

 

Thanks, 

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Welcome to nursing school where former A students struggle to be C students.  Thats normal.  Its a huge head game and it takes a couple semesters to get over that.  It is a new kind of studying and new kind of test taking.

The most important thing to realize is that you can no longer get a list of definitions, memorize them and pass tests.  You have to actually understand the material, be able to juggle it and then regurgitate it while applying it.  Memorizing does absolutely nothing for you.  The ONLY time memorizing is good - pharmacology.  Start on that now.  Its never too early.  That stuff is no joke.

As far as fundamentals - you don't need anything except your textbook and the ability to look at the material in a different way.  If you have to - use youtube videos to understand the topic.  Be able to write down how the system works or be able to explain it to yourself or your pets.  Once you are able to start doing this, you will not only have a better time in fundamentals, but you will do better overall in the program.

Part of the problem is that the grading scale changes too - at least ours does.  Formerly a 90 was an A but now I have to get a 95, and an 85 is a B and and 84 is a C - it doesn't take much to become a C student.

Just do your best.  Read the textbooks. Understand the concepts (not memorize). Don't stop moving.  You will get there!!  Oh - find an app and do at least 50 NCLEX style questions per day starting now.  It will get you in the habit of being familiar with them.

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Hi! We have all been there. Have you spoken to your professor yet? They are the ones who create the quizzes and exams. Let us know how everything turns out

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Hello, nursing school is a new kind of realm. It's hard. I was a straight A student, but once it came to nursing school I was not. It took a toll on me mentally because I was so used to being that straight A student. You have to LEARN the material and use critical thinking. You can't just memorize everything and expect to pass. But, don't lose hope! You got this, if you need extra help ask your professor. Don't be afraid to go to their office hours for help. Some people like study groups and if you need a tutor, seek one. There are also tons of videos on youtube that can help (cathy perks is great).

I graduated from nursing school in May 2019, it took me 5 years but I did it!

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Thank you all for your replies! I will definitely will keep you all posted. 😄

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