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struggling with 1st semester classes


I started nursing school this fall and am having difficulty with Patho and Pharmacology. I spend lots of time doing the learning plans and reading before I go to the classes. The teachers are no help at this nursing school. They have no office hours and if you ask for help on a topic in the Patho class, the teacher says that the book does a good job of explaining that topic. The teachers go over the powerpoints and questions that you may have, but basically you have to read the information and teach it to yourself. Not sure what to do? Not even sure at this point if I am going to pass either or these classes this semester. If I don't pass them, not sure that I am going to retake them because the same teachers will be teaching them next semester. Not sure whether to apply to an LPN program or go back to the public university I transferred from and change my major? any advice??


Specializes in ICU /ED. Has 5 years experience.

I feel your pain. I am in an extremely difficult Patho class now. Everyday I want to pull my hair out. It's so discouraging because I feel like I get the information but the way my teacher test is very difficult and it is not NCLEX style which I am use to. I am literally just passing the class and I study everyday all day. But I am determined to make it out of this class. So I say to you don't give up! I know its hard but you can teach yourself. Idk what book you use but try getting patho made incredible easy or the nclex book and study questions in there also if the book has evolve utilize it. There are many resources out here. Don't give up you have come so far!

Wow TiffanyLPN-RN I felt so motivated by just reading what you told student0524!!! Your right don't give up student0524 you made it this far, just go back to your basics! Look for motivation and determination and you will do great...

Don't give up on yourself or your dreams over a difficult spot. I think every one has areas they struggle with and it differs from person to person. You've made it into the program, and you're here. This means the school saw enough in you to think you can make it. You've already gotten in, don't walk away now. Push and find help wherever you need it. I had a bio teacher that used to tell me it took him years to understand the stuff he is now teaching, and that I should just go see a tutor instead of helping me. It's frustrating and hard. But what I did, was went to several sources to learn the information different ways. I watched youtube teachings, I listened to podcasts, read different books and eventually it all made sense. I'm rambling... but what I mean is, find something that works for you, but don't go backwards. If this is your dream, hold onto it.