PEDS/OB- not passing

  1. Just last week I wrote a post about how I am struggling a bit in nursing school. Today I took my peds/ob test and got a 70%. An all time low for me. I feel defeated and awful. At this point I am literally just crying, i don't have an appetite I feel like nothing. Please someone help me with study tips
    For every exam i usually ..
    read out the ppt
    write out each slide a minimum of five times
    do as many practice questions as I can.
    I guess that was not good enough this time. I am so close to graduating (may), but now I feel further than ever. If i fail this class, then I have to wait a year to enroll again in my program. I am at a complete loss right now with myself and im so dissapointed with how I scored
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  3. by   Newgradnurse17
    Instead of reaching out on here, reach out to your school. Sit down with your lecturer. Go over you last exam. See if it's possible to still pass and what you need to do. Get the school to help you. Most lecturers are more than happy to help if they see you putting in the effort and helping yourself.

    I know it feels like a disaster now, but if you have to wait a year so be it. A year really isn't that long, when you think of all the years/decades you will go on to work as a nurse for. No one wants to wait, but at least you can still re enroll and be nurse. But try everything you can now to fix things.
  4. by   kakamegamama
    I agree with the previous poster. An analysis of why you missed questions will probably be helpful to you. Don't give up hope. Hang in there. OB is a different creature compared to Med/Surg, and exams are similar yet so very different. A review with your faculty will probably be quite helpful.
  5. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from amynursing
    Just last week I wrote a post about how I am struggling a bit in nursing school. Today I took my peds/ob test and got a 70%. An all time low for me. I feel defeated and awful. At this point I am literally just crying, i don't have an appetite I feel like nothing. Please someone help me with study tips
    For every exam i usually ..
    read out the ppt
    write out each slide a minimum of five times
    do as many practice questions as I can.
    I guess that was not good enough this time. I am so close to graduating (may), but now I feel further than ever. If i fail this class, then I have to wait a year to enroll again in my program. I am at a complete loss right now with myself and im so dissapointed with how I scored
    You don't mention actually reading the book. If you're not, I suggest that you do. You need to be able to tie information together and "get" the big picture. Slides with fragmented information might be good reminders of key points, but they don't do much to promote a deeper understanding IMO.
  6. by   JKL33
    Rather than writing out slides a minimum of 5 times, I would read the actual material (book). That doesn't seem to be too cool these days but it's kind of difficult to not succeed if you know that information well. Make your own study guide or note cards out of the material you're responsible for knowing. It's a matter of actually knowing the information, not simply doing x, y, z.
  7. by   nikkys
    Background info: I was struggling so bad with OB last semester (we have OB and Peds separate). I failed the second test in OB. I have been a straight A student all my life so when I saw my score I was appalled with myself, very upset and stressed. I immediately realized that even though I could recite the information for the test, I didn't understand it. I did everything that you did.. read the book, write the slides, listen to the "voiceovers" that my teachers posted but I just couldn't get the info to click with me. I asked some of my classmates to study with me. Before my study sessions I would make sure to review all the information and learn it as best as I could so that I could participate in the discussion. At our meetings we would go through all the information and go around in a circle asking questions. If someone didn't understand something we stopped and discussed it. Sometimes it would happen where one of the students would just end up teaching the rest of us. Then we would all repeat it back to make sure it made sense. Then, we would do practice questions together. We would all silently write down our answers then discuss why. This really helped me improve. I actually went from a B- in that class to an A. So it is totally possible to get back on track. You just gotta talk it out and understand the info.
    Also, the YouTube channel RegisteredNurseRN has AWESOME videos. You can just type in "fetal heart tones RegisteredNurseRN" on YouTube. Her explanations really made sense to me. She also has a website where you can go after the videos so that you can test your knowledge. Keep your head up. You can do it!
  8. by   FolksBtrippin
    You need to figure out why you are failing. It could be that you aren't reading the book or it could be that you aren't good at nclex style questions.

    Best thing is to talk to your prof.
  9. by   Caprica6
    Reading the power points will get you only a scant overview of the topic/concepts. You. Must. Read. The. Book.
  10. by   zuiaiwenna
    sorry to hear this, i was in the same situation like you for a short period of time. My school required a minimal of B- on every exam and clinical rotation. So, pretty much means if we got anything below 82 out of 100 on our test, we will get expel from the program. Yes, 82!!! I remembered one time i got an 82, i was crying so bad, i was so close to get expel from the program but also happy i passed. I was so scared that it will happen again, i reached out to my instructors and explained my situation and asked for tips to improve my score. Most of them told me to 1. read the textbook, make notes. 2. memorized the PPT notes and do as much NCLEX style questions on the subject as possible (I used Uworld, Nclex-RN, Kplan Qbanks). My nursing school is extremly strcit and difficult, because half of our exam questions are select all that apply and you dont get any point unless you select all the right answers. BUT, surprisingly, our graduation rate for our program is over 75% and we always have more than 90% graduates passed nclex first timer. So, it does trained us very well and prepare for the real world out there. Wish you the best! just hang in there and believe in yourself!
  11. by   Endraxz
    You need to teach it to someone else. Not have others teach it to you. Teach it to someone whose not a nursing student. Only then can you fully understand. You said before you have that NursingRN person explain it to you and then you have someone else from your group teach it to you. You need to teach it and communicate it to another person as if they don't have any knowledge of the subject in order to full grasp it.

    Just remember a good communicator will understand his/her audience and frame his/her words in a way that they can relate to it and understand it better, even if (s)he must talk simply to do that.
  12. by   RNrhythm
    PEDS/OB was the worst.
  13. by   PrereqTaker89
    Do you read your textbook? If not I'm not surprised it's not sticking. Power point slides are condensed and provide NO context. Your textbook will flesh out the material and that is what helps the material stick for me.
  14. by   napswithcats
    I'm currently taking maternity/OB and what has been helping me when I don't have all the time in the world to read 500 pages, is a supplemental study guide (saunders comprehensive review for NCLEX and HESI) and practice questions. If there's a concept that is particularly difficult and I'm just not absorbing, I watch YouTube videos on the subject. I just type in something like "NCLEX nursing placenta previa". It really helps if I can read it, hear it, see it, test myself on it and do it (draw a concept map).

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