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Failed Another Quiz. Feel like giving up.😢

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by alayzhial alayzhial (New) New

Today I took a quiz in Anatomy and I received a 75%. In foundation yesterday I made a 60%. Which at my school a 78%. I really don't want to give up but the quizzes are only 5% of our grade. I don't know what to do anymore. Its getting the best of me. I missed 3 out of 12 questions. Which isn't bad. Im stressed and don't know what to do. Any advice please?

Nienna Celebrindal

Has 12 years experience.

First question: are you honestly giving it your all? Have you given up social media, going out with friends, etc?

If yes, have you talk to your teachers? Are you in a study group? What are you study habits? What have you tried that's work, what has failed?

Next, have you looked for additional resources? Youtube, simplenursing.com, other texts? Sometimes you just need to hear the information in a different way to get it.

Yesterday I spent mostly all my time crying. I wanted to try youtube and download things on my ipad. My thing is that I'm afraid to try new things that I may fail at it when I've given it my all. We just started class on.Aug 25 so we are starting to form study groups now...... I really dot know what to do. My boyfriend doesn't want to be around me because all I do is cry. Its taking a turn for the worse.

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

First things first realize that you DID improve. So whatever you did differently is helping. Unfortunately it sometimes takes a few tries to figure out what study method works best for you. Try the YouTube thing to supplement. I'm about to graduate my MSN program and have used YouTube a lot for different maneuvers, antibiotics/bacteria classification, head to toe assessments, etc. You just started so you shouldn't feel defeated yet. Nursing school SUCKS *** but thousands have done it before you so it is possible. If the quizzes are just 5% of your grade then don't sweat it. Once you figure out how to study best for YOU you may wind up with a B average on your quizzes easy.

As others said TRY A STUDY GROUP. Sometimes one person understands a topic better and can explain it to the rest of the group in a way they understand. There may be topics that you explain to others.

Also you may review something then find some random friend/family member and teach it to them. Teaching a topic means more mastery. Even if it's just the different parts of he heart or how it flows. If you can teach it you know it.

It will be worth it in the end.

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

Oh and you'll cry again I'm sure. When you get in clinicals someone will say something that makes you feel stupid or your instructor will put you on the spot BUT we all have cried. I still come home and cry some days. There's a lot on the line for nurses especially when your heart is in it and you want to be the best you can be.

Im sure I will.... Thanks for the advice.

Foundations was a hard class for me and the rest of my class. Some of us were so close to failing. Soo close. Keep going keep studying. When I.look back I couldnt believe how easy it really was. The questions are so tricky. Read very carefully. One word can make all the difference if the answers all look right. Like one question that stumped everyone in my class went like this : which pt needs a focused assessment? 1. Pt came in "for" this diagnosis. 2. Pt came in "for" this... 3. Pt came in WITH this.. number 3 is right because the word " with" and the rest had "for" this diagnosis.

Oh and clinicals..... stay strong... teachers evals will make you go crazy and may make you cry if they see you as weak. All three of mine compared me to the students and I was always the weakest. I hated them soooo much. The first one saw improvement and compemented me like crazy. The last two didnt. You will go on hating them for a bit. Then you will look back and be so thankful for them. You will want to thank them so much. Right now I want to thank two of them for everything they said because they were right. Dont take it to heart if it happens. If it doesnt you are doing excellent. These clinical instructors will give you the most important lessons in life not just nursing. God bless you.

Stay strong! There will be more obstacles in life that you will need to overcome! Stay positive, sacrifice, focus on your weakness, do not take anything personal; take it as a guide! :) oh and about your boyfriend, he's gonna have to be supportive of you throughout all of this! You need a support system! If he cannot even stand to be around you when you're crying, he isn't for you. Just saying! You need to focus on your goals and YOUR future and not anyone else's! :) I'll pray for you! You will do just fine! Keep your head up! :)

Alisonisayoshi, LVN

Specializes in LTC.

Okay, breath. Nursing school is an insane amount of information in a very short time frame. It builds and gets harder as it goes. It isn't such a bad thing to fail a little in the beginning. It gives you a chance to reflect on what you really really need to change. So what do you need to change?

Look up better study methods. You can find a wealth of information just from Google. I tend to prioritize the most important information in the section or module in to be tested on. I make sure first that I know that information inside and out, then I move on to the peripheral information. Facts, lab values, indications, whatever is important to know, but not essential. When I'm lectured to I make note of anything a speaker/instructor opens up to discussion, says will be tested on, or repeats several times. That will generally be tested on. It takes time with some instructors to get their rhythm of instruction, to truly know what they are trying to drill into you, and what they view as just extra stuff.

You got this. You can make it work. You just have to put aside your fears and really buckle down.

Thank you, and one thing I am afraid of is failure, so I tend to put things off when I'm afraid of failing at it. Thanks everyone for the great advice I really appreciate it and have took all of it into consideration. It really means lot.

Thank you, and one thing I am afraid of is failure, so I tend to put things off when I'm afraid of failing at it. Thanks everyone for the great advice I really appreciate it and have took all of it into consideration. It really means lot.

You can do this! :)