I'm in the second semester of nursing school (med-surg) and I'm desperate to pass.
#1: I breezed through semester 1. Everyone says semester 1 is awful and absolute hell but I managed it. I studied my ass off, but I also wasn't worried I would fail. (For Christ sakes my house burned down and I still made it to clinical the next morning.)
First off, ignore what other people say about the rigor of... anything. That is their experience, not yours. Apply yourself fully to the task at hand and you're far more likely be successful, irrespective of what other people say. Treat every class and every topic as though it's the most difficult thing ever.
I'd like to caution you about the free use of vulgarities that add nothing to your post because it can be (a) very offputting, (b) a very, very hard habit to break, (c) easy to have it leak into your speech, and (d) most people will never say a word about it but still judge you.
That is especially true for the gratuitous use of the deity, which millions of people find grossly offensive.
#2: Maybe I took semester 2 for granted because of how everyone ranted about how easy it was compared to 1.
My best performance as a student has been when I work as hard as I can right from the outset of the term and don't pollute my thinking by the expressed experiences of other people.
#3: On my first exam this semester, I got literally the lowest score in the whole class (67); that has never happened to me in my life. It's embarrassing.
Yeah, that is humiliating. That's never happened to me but I have failed classes and THAT is even worse.
It sounds like you may not have been applying yourself and hence have under-performed. The good news is that you can turn that around.
#4: Exam 2, I work my ass off
...get a 70.
Effort alone is not sufficient... It is effective effort that counts. Were I in your situation, I'd spend some time reviewing just how I've been expending my effort to look for inefficiency and redundancy. For example, I've seen a tendency among students to treat all information as equally significant when it's really not. Time spent on the fundamentals will generally yield higher results than the same time spent on details. Likewise, we often spend review time looking at information that we already know (because it's easy) rather than focusing on the areas in which we're deficient.
Passing at my school is a 77.
I need an 86 on the next two exams to pass the semester. I'm feeling very discouraged because the only thing that would make my grade jump 20 points is divine intervention.
You can easily calculate precisely what scores you need in order to pass and you should do so immediately. If you're mathematically eliminated, speak to your instructor to determine if there are any alternatives... if not, spend the remainder of the term figuring out *WHY* you're struggling despite studying regularly. Clearly that's an issue with how you're approaching your studies and if you don't figure that out, your whole academic career is at risk.
I just realized that you already said that you need 86's to pass. That doesn't sound like an unattainable goal to me. I'd get in to see the instructor immediately to solicit help in troubleshooting your approach to studying. I'd talk to the tutoring center at your school, as well.
I've tried everything; I just can't pass a test.
Quote: "Whether you tell yourself that you can do a thing or that you cannot, you're probably right."
With that declaration that you've made, and which you are likely reinforcing for yourself, I agree... you likely cannot pass. I'd change that message *NOW*
I feel like I just can't do it considering I've given it my all and still can't pass.
I challenge your assertion that you've given it your all. How much thought and energy have put into critiquing *HOW* you're studying. If you haven't done that, you haven't given it your all. As I said, it's not about effort, it's about effective effort.
I feel like an absolute idiot/failure.
I know... Been there, done that...
I kick ass at clinical
Irrelevant... Practicum and theory/core knowledge are very different and require very different skills and approaches.
I run circles around my classmates when we're studying
I don't really know what that even means or how you're so sure. It does make me think, though, that studying with other people may not be the most efficient method for you. Personally, it's terribly INEFFECTIVE for me. I spend far too much time listening to and thinking about things that I already know and not digging into my weaknesses and deficiencies.
why can't I answer a question on a test? Why isn't anything sinking in?