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what if trying your hardest isin't good enough?

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nikisashabell works as a pca.

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I expected it to be very challenging and I like a good challenge, but what If I'm one of those people that feel comfortable clinically but is not a good test taker. I have researched different tech for studying from solo or with peers, flash cards, reading, watching, listening. I think my judgement is right but usually pick the wrong answer, it drives me crazy:eek: Does anyone have any suggestions on how to mold my anaylazation skills:confused:. I appreciate any feedback.

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sarahsmile44 works as a PICU/NICU BSN/RN.

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My school offers a seminar on test taking skills...maybe your school has one? Have you consulted with your instructor(s)? I bet they may have some good tips for you. Remember, they WANT to see you succeed; go to them for direction. I start next week and I'm nervous about the critical thinking tests where every answer is "right" but which one is the best...good luck and best wishes!!

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Mandychelle79 has 2 years experience and works as a Psych Nurse.

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The best way for me to study was to do NCLEX style questions pertaining to the information that would be covered on the test. It helped me learn how to read the instructors questions.

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itsmejuli works as a Home Care Supervisor.

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The best way for me to study was to do NCLEX style questions pertaining to the information that would be covered on the test. It helped me learn how to read the instructors questions.

Exactly!!

Get yourself a Saunder's NCLEX review book with cd. Get into the habit of doing 100 questions a week and be sure to read the rationales.

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I expected it to be very challenging and I like a good challenge, but what If I'm one of those people that feel comfortable clinically but is not a good test taker. I have researched different tech for studying from solo or with peers, flash cards, reading, watching, listening. I think my judgement is right but usually pick the wrong answer, it drives me crazy:eek: Does anyone have any suggestions on how to mold my anaylazation skills:confused:. I appreciate any feedback.

I think you're borrowing trouble. You can "what if" yourself to death! There's not time for that, wait until it's actually a concern instead of worrying yourself with "what if's."

If these are either questions that were assigned, or are from a class exam, I'd bring them to your instructor. Tell them your thought process that brought you to the answer you chose....they can then explain why that wasn't the answer and explain the correct thought process.

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~PedsRN~ has 4 years experience and works as a Pediatric Nurse.

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I definitely suggest looking in to a class about test taking. Nursing exams are different than ANY other kind of academic exam. ;) We have something called NCLEX REFLEX, and they really teach how to break down the question to see what they are REALLY asking you for. It helps a LOT.

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Could be a learning disability (no offense if it definitely isn't). But if yes, you can have your doc fill out some paperwork provided by the school for separate testing. I have ADD. I have a smaller classroom less filled with distraction for test days. Some of the girls have extended testing time. The school has to provide reasonable accommodation. And they'll do it for the NCLEX exam, too. I thought I was just horrible at taking tests, but it turns out I just needed a less crowded space where I could relax and take my time without people walking past me or shuffling papers.

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I'm a little of the opposite, I'm a good test taker but I'm absolutely paranoid about failing clinicals, which I know most students probably feel. Just hang in there and try to find a method that works for you, and not just the method everyone else is using.

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Moogie works as a GRA.

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Cosign on the idea of the OP getting some help from the school. Most schools have personnel who will help you learn how to take tests and pinpoint your problems.

We are definitely rooting for you!!!

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Maybe if you haven't tried yet, try taking a timed test. It could just be nervousness that you need to get over. Sometimes when I take tests and I feel really prepared, once I see that test in front of me I become uncertain of my answers and second guess myself.

Continue to be confident in yourself. :)

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