The problem, as far as we've worked it out, is threefold:
1. Nursing school, and its methods of evaluating knowledge, bears no resemblance to anything else on the planet. Even if you've done well in school before, you're unlikely to do well on the first one or three or six quizzes or tests you take, simply because the testing format is so strange. By "strange" I mean "all the questions come in an NCLEX format and that's freaky as hell."
Query one for Faithful Minions: How do you work out the correct answer when faced with NCLEX-style questions? How is this process different than it was in, say, English class or Biology 101?
2. Screwing up tests and quizzes makes one fearful and anxious of doing it again. This leads to test anxiety, which is a true black, shaggy bitch on your shoulder.
Query two for Faithful Minions: How do you get rid of test anxiety?
3. Screwing up tests and quizzes makes one feel idiotic and unmotivated. Never mind that nursing school is like unto nothing else on the planet except maybe a bad Surrealist novel; it's still happening.
Query three for Faithful Minions: How do you get your mojo back and stay motivated in the face of fuckups?
I have to confess: as my memories of nursing school get foggier, my ability to say anything sensible on this subject dwindles. I'm putting it out there for you guys with the certainty that somebody else will be able to deliver in the brilliance department.
Git to it.