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  1. If you're studying for a class, I always found it easier to read or skim through the core content before answering questions. That way if I got stumped or missed it, I knew exactly where in the book to look for the correct answer and rationale. It sounds like you may be studying for boards tho, and since I haven't taken mine I'm not sure I can give great advice. However, in the past two semesters at my school previous students said they found UWorld to have been extremely helpful, and we had 100% pass rate out of sixty students last semester — according to the professors.
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    Overwhelmed in my last semester.

    Reading these comments brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your wonderful, encouraging and motivating responses. I didn't know I needed to hear some of the words that were said, and I'm grateful for the time you guys took to write them. My first practicum clinical went well. I spent a majority of it learning how my preceptor navigates through the ED, so that I could emulate it to eventually find my own way. I don't want to be a scared student nurse forever because that will make a terrified new grade nurse, so thank you guys again for tipping my chin up when I really needed it. :)
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    Overwhelmed in my last semester.

    I feel like I've come a loooong ways away from when I first started using this site. I'm now in my fourth and final semester of nursing school, and I feel almost sick with how busy the semester is. I started marking dates in my planner, thinking that would help ease my anxiety, but I think it's making it worse. There's nothing like being prepared, but I just wonder how I'm to do it all? Between practicum, assignments, studying, and exams when am I supposed to wind down or sleep? In the last two years of nursing school, I don't think my anxiety has every reached a peak like this one. Tbh, I think it's my practicum that's freaking me out the most. I am in the ED, and I just don't feel comfortable there at all, which is good because I think I'll learn a lot and be forced to hone certain skills, but I'm still a nervous wreck. My home and heart was in the ICU, Telemetry, and Med Surg floors, and this feels like a totally different ball game. The upside is that my preceptor is a sweetie; I had her as semester during my clinical ED rotation. I guess I'm just nervous about looking stupid. Please give me any advice that you can. Classes start mid next week, and I feel so lost when I should be excited. Thank you for reading.
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    Should I still keep going?

    For sure keep going! 86 is not out of your reach. Studying effectively is the key. Break it down into pieces you can understand and put back together, and give yourself plenty of time before the test to learn the information. Don't just memorize. Learn it so you can teach it to your wall or favorite stuffed animal - or your pet even. :) I'm also studying hard to raise my Patho grade, so you are not alone. Keep your chin up and GRIND. It's nearly November. We're almost done
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    TEAS blues...

    I didn't have to take the TEAS, but the HESI I did. I did stellar in reading, okay in A&P, and completely bombed the math portion. My results were 72% overall, and I was crushed thinking I wouldn't get in. My family was so sure I was smart enough to do it, so my awful score just made me feel worse. Not to mention my gpa at the time wasn't even high enough to be competitve (3.12 overall and 2.7 science). But somehow, I made it in. I probably snagged the very last seat, but I made it into the BSN program. It probably helped that our program opened up an additional forty seats, but I was grateful all the same. Because, again, I was not competitive. Anything is possible. Just sit tight and try to relax until then, okay? Breathe. And good luck! :)
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    Was I in the wrong?

    Communication is key in group work. I don't think you were wrong exactly, but if you had designated topics everyone decided beforehand that they would do, I think you should have said something before you started doing work. Just because you did not get mad doesn't mean other people will react the same. I know it sucks, but sometimes you have to grit your teeth and bare it until the project is over.
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    Efficiently Reading Nursing Textbooks

    I'm only in my first semester of nursing school, but I never read the chapters before class. My professors also want us to read before we come, and I do skim sometimes, but what I've found to be more effective is underlining the points they make in class in the book. Since my professors teach straight from the text&ppt it's easier to pick out what they want me to know. If I'm not clear on the subject I'll continue to read through the section of the chapter until I am. Reading the text before class is just not always helpful, especially if I know nothing about it; I don't want to get confused and remember the information wrong. Hope that helps!
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    What cheers up when you're having a rough time in NS?

    Thank you, when I read this I actually did take it easy the night before the exam and scored an 88%. As hard as it was to relax, it made all the difference. (: There are only three tests in this class though, so one test might have sunk me if I did badly enough.
  9. I have a big test coming up this Monday, and I'm not feeling too great about it. I'm proud of my grades and check-offs thus far, but this upcoming exam might shake the confidence I've managed to build. I'm crossing my fingers that I make a redeemable grade, but my hopes are not high. In the meantime, I'm trying to stay calm and study as effectively as possible. So, when you hit a bump in the road, what do you do that cheers you up? After this test I might need to borrow some of your techniques. I wish I were kidding.
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    Will I get better at answering questions?

    This is true. That case study was my first real step into application based questions, but I will definitely ask my professors for assistance if I continue to struggle. :') Thank you so much.
  11. I thought I was bummed about making a 70% on our first quiz, but I just finished a case study to find I made a 55% It's only worth two points but still. Two points can matter down the road. I read the reasoning as to why these answers were wrong and plan to go back over the chapter, but I want to know if this will get easier with practice? By practice I mean studying smarter and using every resource I can to prepare for homework/tests. I'd rather not keep failing in order to learn my lesson as it's a blessing at all that I made it into the program. Any advice or stories even would be very much appreciated. :')
  12. The average acceptance GPA at my school last semester was around 3.6 and I currently have a 3.18. I feel really discouraged by this number and my science GPA, which is a 2.7. Yikes, right? I'm applying regardless since this Fall the program is allowing 120 seats versus 80. :[ Ugh, what kind I do to improve myself? I hate the thought of being rejected, but I have a feeling it'll happen. Please share you experiences with me.