Published Apr 8, 2014
I dont know if I am just bad at reading questions
but I feel like I study so hard but I tend to get lower scores than everyone else.
I always felt this was my issue since high school
For the ATI test we needed a 75% to pass but I ended up only getting a 66% and even everyone else was all up on the 74.5. It just made me extremely dumb because I read the whole book like it was my life
I also feel the same with exams. Sometimes I literally feel so dumb then realize later that the question was not even hard.
I literally feel like I have bad reading comprehension or it takes me awhile to connect things.
Does anyone have a similar feeling? It feels so impossible no matter what I do! D:
maybe you need to eliminate answer first before you answer the qeustions
yeah i would try doing that. I feel like I study and still dont know enough!
Its like my memory of a concept just disappears while I am reading all the responses
NICU Guy, BSN, RN
Under "My Products" click "NurseLogic 2.0". There are videos on Knowledge and Clinical Judgement, Nursing Concepts, Priority Setting Framework, and Testing and Remediation. Also under "My Products" Click on "Learning System RN" and take the practice tests for the test you are studying for. It contains rationales for the correct answers. I take every test available for the exam I am studying for.
The Tests and Remediation shows you how to analyze a question, eliminate 2 wrong answers, and pick the best answer.
Most importantly do not rush through the tests. Read each question and understand what they are looking for, especially watch out for the negative questions like "What statement says that the patient needs further teaching?
Thanks! Ill definitely try it out for the next exam! My grade is in in the pits in med-surg part 2 right now
Under "My Products" click "NurseLogic 2.0". There are videos on Knowledge and Clinical Judgement, Nursing Concepts, Priority Setting Framework, and Testing and Remediation. Also under "My Products" Click on "Learning System RN" and take the practice tests for the test you are studying for. It contains rationales for the correct answers. I take every test available for the exam I am studying for.The Tests and Remediation shows you how to analyze a question, eliminate 2 wrong answers, and pick the best answer.Most importantly do not rush through the tests. Read each question and understand what they are looking for, especially watch out for the negative questions like "What statement says that the patient needs further teaching?
YES!! Nurse logic!!! It really helps you break the questions down and how to tell exactly what they are asking. It is extremely important to read and re read and re read again. Especially when they are asking negative questions. Those always trip me up!
You probably need to spend LESS time reading the ATI reviews and MORE time doing practice questions with rationales.
nurseprnRN, BSN, RN
Seriously, if this has been a pattern with you since high school, you should run, not walk, to your college learning help center (or whatever they call it) and have some testing done for learning disabilities. This will accomplish a few things: 1, they'll be able to give you some useful advice on different techniques for learning and test-taking, and 2, you might be able to get accommodations for testing that would enable you to take more time applying these techniques during a test.
yeah i feel like it is but I have been able to get through advanced classes with B's and C's. I graduated with the honors program. But I am horrible with the ACT and other standardized testing they give us.
It just takes me long for things to click.
Im planning on actually getting that assessment over summer since there is not a lot of time to do it now.
Hi. I'm on the same problem. Plus too much workload in our school
Some observations and recommendations...
1) Reading comprehension is a learned skill. If you struggle with retention or with tests, that may be a contributor. Either take a class or get a review book
2) flawed logic skills can also contribute, particularly with how problems are worded. For example, spotting double negatives, identities and equalities, or logical fallacies can often eliminate choices. In fact, I've occasionally gotten the correct answer only by logically including our eliminating choices. This is also a skill that can be learned.
3) Learning disabilities often go undiagnosed, particularly in families with less education, simply because the family doesn't know add well how to work the system. The learning center at your school can help. You're paying for it... Use it.
4) consider also text anxiety... I've a friend who failed the NCLEX 3 times despite being an excellent nurse (LVN). It was purely anxiety. She got some PRN Valium, practiced testing with it and finally passed.
5) you may simply be a weaker student or having trouble with the pace. A good tutor can help, but only if you get established early. If you wait until you're already struggling, it's often too late.
I think you really have to learn how to answer ATI questions, for me it took a lot of practice before I could pick apart what they were really asking for.
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