Depressed!!! 2nd A&P test a flop!!

  1. I have been sitting here crying over my 2nd A&P test which I got a 59% on. My first test was a 66%. I really thought I did better this time. I made flash cards, did the review sheet etc. My lab scores are good, I've had 3 A's and 1 B. The lab accounts for 1/4 of the grade. I don't know what to do. I have two more exams before the final withdrawal date. Maybe I can do well on those two exams enough to keep me afloat. If not I will have to drop and I may just return to my job and forget everything.

    The stress is more than I want to handle. My husband tells me "well I guess you need to study more". What he doesn't realize is he is always telling me I stay up too late and then of course gets mad if he doesn't get attention as well as the two kids which I already feel like I am pushing them aside to do the studying.

    I'm just not sure what to do, I have another exam next Thursday, maybe I will see that one goes.

    Thanks for listening.
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  3. by   Robin61970
    I feel like I am always pushing my family to the side....I hate it, but I try to tell myself and them that it is for the's still hard though.....good luck on your next test!
  4. by   nrselisa
    Debi, I am sorry. I don't have much advice but I do want to wish you the best of luck on your next exam.

  5. by   Rena RN 2003
    relax.......things are going to look up and i'll tell ya how.

    1. BREATHE! :chuckle (my old standby )

    2. prioritize. what is your goal? is it to "push aside" the family for a while and concentrate on your nursing goal? one must eventually realize that she can't give 100% to absolutely everything that comes your way in any given day. figure out what you want, what needs to be done FIRST, then set steps to accomplish those goals. talk to hubby about how you are feeling. tell him to pick up the slack and back off. if all of this is way too much for you to "give up" for a while, then perhaps backing off school and only going part-time would work better for you. may take longer but it's better than backing out altogether, imo.

    i guess what i'm trying to say is hang in there. look over your study habits. ditch what you are doing now cause it's not working and focus on finding a way to study that works for you. just because 99% of the class learns from flash cards doesn't mean you will. i had to literally re-write all of my notes everytime just to make it all click. took hours!

    and i know i'm fumbling this entire post so please take everything i say with a grain of salt. keep what you like and toss the rest.

    best of luck to you. you'll do better next time.
  6. by   Gigglesforall
    Oh deb, ((((Deb)))) I really feel for you. If this is what you really want to do, then keep your head up hang in there hun Have you tried talking to your prof. and asking them if they have any advice on how to study for their tests? I think they'd be the one's to go to about something like this, especially since you seem to be doing so well in the lab portion. I guess that's all I have, which isn't much. I hope that you continue to study hard and all goes well!

  7. by   dstudent
    I can truly relate to your situation!!

    I understand fully, you must be going through alot of emotional turmoil I know I did that's why this semester I decided to go through as a part time student to try and keep some balance and peace in my family/personal life because they are very important to me.
    Keep strong because you know it's not always going to be like this, so I keep telling myself.

  8. by   Mito
    Hi Deb,
    I remember A&P very well and your problem is not uncommon. One of our teachers told us there is no direct relationship between how much time you study and your test grade. What does make the difference, however is WHAT you study. A&P in particular is full of background information that is not shall we say the kernal of the issue.

    My advice would be to condense your class notes into study notes that just cover the important points. This in my opinion accomplishes two objectives:

    1. your studying only material that will be on the test.

    2. your studying is more effective and does not take as much time because your condensed notes contain less material .


  9. by   Mkue
    A&P's are the hardest courses IMHO.. please hang in there. Are you in a study group? Or do you have a partner in your class that you can study with? It helps some people.

    If you know who is doing really well in the class, see if you can go over his/her notes to see if you're missing anything.. ask that person/people if they want to review together for the next tests.

    Make up your own test "if you have time", now that you know how the instructor tests, try to think of how he/she will ask questions.

    Hope this helps
  10. by   peaceful2100
    DEB, I am writing this to tell you that YOU can do this. My first semester of nursing school I had pathophysiology. I had a hard time the first 8 weeks until mid-term time came around and I got a letter from the dean. I was failing patho. The dean basically said I better start working if I want to stay in nursing school and avoid being kicked out. Her letter helped put things into perspective. I started working my tail end off. Studying and studying, reading and reading, if there was something I was not sure of I went and ask the instructor, I typed my notes out, made review charts, review questions, studied from the study guide and by the end of the semester I pulled my grade up to a high B. It can be done.

    My motivation was the fact that I have worked to hard and too long to let it go to waste. It is my dream to follow through my goals of becoming a nurse and I have several things planned during my career. I posted little charts all over my house with motivational things on it. I always read them when I got up in the morning and before I went to bed and in between the day.

    I also took some time out for myself. VERY important. Try to take 20 minutes of each day for relaxation/time to yourself if you don't already do so. Do something like listen to soothing music, read something non-school related, mediatate, exercise. Something nice and calming. It made a big difference for me and many people forget or don't force themselves to do that each day. I don't know how true this is but my nursing instructor said she made an observation, many nurses and nursing students are often so good about taking care of others but they tend to neglect themselves.

    Good luck
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    deb, hang in there! you can do it!
  12. by   Melisita
    i know exactly how u feel! I just took my first anatomy and physiology test too. I got a 74, which isnt bad, but so many people were getting 98's!! I was really depressed about that. So now im just determined...dont worry, its a tough class to ace...just do your best and if u can get a way with a happy, i know i will !
  13. by   ashemson
    StudentDeb - try these following sites. I am in A&P right now. This year my school combined A&P1 and A&P2 into one course. So we are going over ALOT of info in half the time. I got a B on the first test and an A in lab so far. These following sites-you can choose different chapters, and quiz yourself, and there is alot of study information on these. Please PM me if you need any help accessing these. Good luck! I have been out of school for almost 14 years, so if I can do this, so can you!
  14. by   ashemson
    Deb - one more thing. On the first link I listed, once you get to the website, over on the right choose "online learning", then you can choose the subject you are studying right now. From there you can quiz yourself, or study certain areas....