Im A "failure.".....I screwed up in my first Bio exam in A & P 2! Give me some

  1. Encouragement....I studied so hard.I knew the material pretty well.I rushed on one question and changed about 3 questions that were right the first time! This was the 1st for the semester .It was probably a easy 100 since I heard the tests usually get harder and harder! Right? Im soo mad right now!!! I also answered some partially! I knew the other half , but didn't think they should have been included! Im soo mad rigtht now.Thank-God he went over the test ;I would have been up for a good surprise later on.Now I know not to over-estimate myself;I could have sworn I got a 90......I would be surprised if I got a 75%...... (sigh)........ :uhoh21:
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  3. by   Katnip
    I'm sorry you didn't do well.

    Remember A&P isn't about memorization like a lot of other subjects it's an understanding of what's going on, and that can be difficult until you've got the whole picture.

    A word of advice: don't change your answers unless you are 100% sure you were wrong the first time.
  4. by   Alpha13
    I can not lie to you. It is true, this failure on your part ruins your dreams of ever becoming a nurse! :mortarboard:
  5. by   bargainhound
    Sounds like you just need to review some test-taking "rules".

    One is that you usually pick the right answer first.....so if you really are
    not sure, leave your first choice.

    Sounds like you have insight into what you need to correct.

    Give yourself some slack.............it will get better.
    You learned from this experience.
  6. by   bargainhound
    I do not agree with Alpha13.

    This is no reason to give up on wanting to be a nurse.

    A low grade or failing one test is not the end of the world.
    You learn from it. Now you know what to correct and how
    to take the next test "better"/that is, you know what the
    teacher/instructor wants in responses.
  7. by   Reno1978
    the first test for me always seems to be my "wake up call". don't beat yourself up over 1 bad grade. my a&pii teacher had 100 true/false, multiple choice, & fill in the blank type questions, then we had to choose 1 essay question (from 4-5 choices available) which was worth 1/3 of our test grade. tests were worth 150 points and the essay question was worth 50. talk about stress...he never gave us a hint on the essay questions. after getting my first test back, which was a d, i was devastated...but i talked to my instructor and examined where i went wrong and i ended up pulling an a- in the class once all was said and done.


    my best advice is don't rush! take your time to not only choose the right answer, but think about why the answer you're choosing is right and why the other options are wrong. eliminating and supporting answers using rationale based on what you know goes a long way!
  8. by   t2000JC
    A+P was one of my banes in nursing school! The best advice for the class is start studying early early early. And, this doesn't mean you are a failure. I had some cringe-worthy moments with this subject but still went on to land the nursing job I loved. However, this is a class that you'll want to learn from because it lcan lay the foundation for other classes.
  9. by   Demonsthenes
    I'm an R.N. with a B.S. in Biochemistry. I am tutoring R.N. students now in A & P. I suggest that you look at the study outlines (if there are any) at the back of your text. Read the outlines in all of the chapters through out the text. If you do the same, you will obtain a grasp of all of the major points in A & P without becoming lost in the infinity of details that compromise A & P.
    If there are study questions at the end of each chapter, study the same, after you have done the aforementioned. If you proceed from chapter to chapter reading the tremendously detailed and complicated materials that make up A & P, you are likely become lost in the details of A & P without comprehending the necessary (for course passing) fundamentals of the same.
    I hope this helps a little and best of luck!
  10. by   WannaBTraveling
    Quote from Alpha13
    I can not lie to you. It is true, this failure on your part ruins your dreams of ever becoming a nurse! :mortarboard:

    WOW Alpha 13 ... that was rude!

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    RNsoon!:

    I hope you do really well in this class, as well as all of your future classes.
  11. by   Quailfeathers
    Rnsoon, I'm a student as well. I agree that you shouldn't look at this one exam as you being a failure. The first test in any course will give you insight into how the tests are written, what the test is looking for, how you need to study, your strengthens and weaknesses. You're in school to learn, and learning isn't always immediate.

    Readjust yourself for the next test by critically looking at how you approached this test and learn from it. And I definitely agree that the first answer you give on a test should not be changed unless you absolutely know you made a mistake. Understanding the material is what is required to learn and apply the knowledge.
  12. by   bcskittlez
    RNsoon, this was actually great for you. I did the same thing! I thought I got a 100 and I got a 72 on the first test. I cried because I hate making less than an A. But what it did for me was humble me and let me know right off where my attitude needs to be when it comes to nursing. Never think I know it all and ALWAYS include what they you think they don't want. It will be that way in nursing as a career I bet. Always give 110% or more percent. What it did for me was make me ace all the rest of the tests that they had. It also led me to study with other people, because I should not think that I am so great that my notes are the best. Good Luck and never give unless it's just that you have another goal in mind.
  13. by   AggieQT
    though reading alphas comments may seem rude, I detect sarcasm in the satement. One exam will not ruin your chances at being a nurse. If anything it gives you more of a push to study harder.

    If you let small setbacks like one little exam make you feel like you are a "failure" then you have set yourself up for a hard road. Nursing school is not easy, like many things in life. Success is not handed to you, you must earn it. You have to look at the BIG picture, not the small details. Set a goal, like entrance into a nursing program, and go for it WITHOUT letting small things discourage you and slow you down.

    Good luck on your next exam and stop stressing so much. Relax and just do the best you can do!
  14. by   buddiage
    Quote from RNsoon!
    Encouragement....I studied so hard.I knew the material pretty well.I rushed on one question and changed about 3 questions that were right the first time! This was the 1st for the semester .It was probably a easy 100 since I heard the tests usually get harder and harder! Right? Im soo mad right now!!! I also answered some partially! I knew the other half , but didn't think they should have been included! Im soo mad rigtht now.Thank-God he went over the test ;I would have been up for a good surprise later on.Now I know not to over-estimate myself;I could have sworn I got a 90......I would be surprised if I got a 75%...... (sigh)........ :uhoh21:
    Okay-
    You are in good company. I must screw up my first test in every class. In my A/P class, I got a D on my first test if that makes you feel any better. My first nursing test I got a C. I am a 3.8 or higher type of student, and I am ALSO guilty of changing answers. I study and know the material, we just tend to be nervous- we don't know the instructor's style. If you study it well, you will know it well.

    It's hard not to be a twisted ball of nerves when you want something so bad. I understand completely. I was just scraping my self esteem off the sidewalk as it dropped after getting a "c" on my test- I knew the subject and doubted myself.

    *ahhh*

    It'll get better. We are our own worst enemy.

    Chill...

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