that's just sad. sounds like you're stuck with an educator that is seeing things from a negative point of view rather than a positive one. how can educators expect students to do better if they're hitting them when they're down?
usually the biggest reason students have problems with their scores and grades with the written material in nursing programs is because of the critical thinking component. there are so many facts to consider and principles to apply to some of the questions that you get asked on tests that it's easy to get confused and choose wrong answers. nursing educators are honestly trying to prepare students for the working world of nursing, to learn to think critically and to ultimately pass the nclex exam and become licensed nurses. in addition, this is not like a history class where you've had this information before. most of the nursing material is new to you and you are being exposed to it for the first time. that gives you a limited foundation upon which to build.
you have to do debriefing and active damage control after each assignment or test you receive a grade on. make sure you understand why you chose the wrong answer on a test and what the correct thinking to get the correct answer should have been. this will help you do better on subsequent tests.
many students believe that using a nclex review book helps in studying for nursing tests. when i was in nursing school, we were constantly told to ask and answer "why" questions about everything to help us with this thinking process and rationalization. i don't know if these will help, but here are two websites where you may find some helpful information about studying for nursing school:
- study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
- test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to chose the correct answer for these application type questions.
- this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.