You are definately not alone. I'm in my last year. I just finished Med-Surg I (8 weeks) and now I'm in Med-Surg II. I'm 23 y/o and have been in school straight through since pre-school, so I guess I'm officially a professional student
I have taken lots of classes and have several degrees that I'm sure I will never use. Nursing school is so much different than basic classes though. I'm sure going back to school after all those years was difficult, terrifying, but most of all...BRAVE.
1. First of all remember this: nursing school is hard!! If it was easy.....everyone would be doing it!
2. Find what study style works best for you....some of my classmates can simply read the chapters and do great on the tests. Others have to read the chapters, take notes, and study, study, study the notes. I have ADHD and it's very difficult for me to sit down and read the chapters straight through. I break it up into sections, take notes, and then 3 of us girls get together a few times a week for study sessions. That has worked well for us because what one of us forgets to include, another one remebers.
3. A "C" on a nursing exam is not bad at all! Our teachers told us that from the beginning. The exams are completely different than they were in your pre-nursing classes. Although they are multiple choice, all of the answers can be right....you just have to pick the BEST one. I'm like you....I can always narrow it down to 2 right answers, and often have trouble picking the best one. Re-read the question...make sure you know what it's asking. Cross out irrevelevent info and underline the important stuff. That has helped me. The questions are sometimes so long that I lose track of what it's really asking. Consider buying a critical thinking book....when you get further along it will be a big help.
4. Don't just memorize the information....everything in nursing builds on the last thing you learned. Make sure you understand the information. I made that mistake at first. I was so used to memorizing information for pre-nursing classes that I fell into a rut.
5. Study every single day.....even if it's just for a little while. Don't get behind because it's very difficult to catch up.
6. Pray! Believe in yourself! You can do this....be positive and stay ahead! Don't let little setbacks (the "D" on your test) discourage you. Forget about it and move on to the next block of information. Remember....all the stress and crazyness you have experienced and will experience will be a thing of the past soon. It goes by so quick and will be SO WORTH IT! Good luck!