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Chair Body,

This letter is being written to you from a collective body of students who have studied hard, searched for help outside the classroom through CAS and attended review sessions; yet have come short each time by failing or barely passing exams. After speaking to several fellow students, we decided to write this letter asking for assistance and guidance.

The students agree that Dr. Eskandari teaches excellently and has an invaluable wealth of knowledge. However, we do not feel that the tests reflect her current style of teaching, or mirror the kind of testing that should be given to novices. The tests are stylistically and linguistically simple, and although that is helpful, it masks difficult concepts that go above our heads as undergraduate student nurses.

Even with the current information we have acquired through lecture and study thus far, answering the questions correctly proves to be exceedingly difficult and beyond the scope of our learning.

Many of the one-on-one sessions with Dr. Eskandari prove that the majority of the students understand the concepts being taught in lecture, and would be able to apply them on a test that matches the concepts that were taught. We have been successful when answering the sample test questions presented in class. Therefore, we have concluded that the exams do not accurately reflect what is taught in the classroom. There is not a single soul in the Critical Care classes (morning or afternoon) that is not giving a full 100 or 110% of their all.

We would like to propose an alternative. The first request is to have the exams reviewed by several faculty members, specifically exam 3. We ask this so that we can feel confident that the exam will reflect the material covered in class. This will also help us to have confidence that the exam questions will be fair, and come from evidence-based questions that have proven effective for BSN prepared nurses.

Our second and final request is that the professor give us a case study, or an extra credit project whose points go towards the exams. We understand that several of the previous critical care classes had also needed this opportunity, under similar circumstances. We ask this being confident that we understand the concepts Dr. Eskandari is teaching. This opportunity would greatly assist us in demonstrating our knowledge.

When the mechanism works well or the way it should, the Matrix has taught us output equals input, just like in the cardiac cycle.

Thank you for your time, and we appreciate a receptive ear and everything you do. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you. Educators are a gift from God, truly.

Best Regards,

Your students

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