Any study tips for an upcoming 2012 nursing student? - page 3

by Crystal360

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I am an upcoming nursing student that just got accepted into the full time R.N. program for spring 2012. I'm super excited but nervous at the same time. I have heard that nursing school is difficult so I want to make sure... Read More


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    Most of these replies hit on some of the important stuff like scheduling your time wisely, brushing up on certain study topics like anatomy etc,

    but --

    They're leaving out one huge study tip.

    How about - take regular breaks! I'm serious. After about an hour of intense study you're not retaining any thing. Even on a decent caffeine buzz. Take a break every 45 minutes, even if it's for 10 minutes to go walk around out side. I've always found that fresh air for a couple of minutes beats sitting on the couch for 25.

    I've read a bunch of stuff about effective study from sites like tipsfortesting.com and others. Check 'em out, theres good stuff out there.
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    Quote from CiscoNurseStudent
    I am starting my last semester in Nursing school and here is what I do. I have a room dedicated to me. It consists of a lazyboy recliner and a sturdy table adjacent to it. I have a 18" 2*4 bolted to the corner that swings in or out at the distal end I have attached a 19" monitor. I have 2 lights behind me, and shelves beside me. As I type this response I am sittin quite comfortably in my recliner with my monitor directly in front of me.
    I have the bulk of my books for class downloaded on my PC. I have several Nclex CD's downloaded on my PC, and naturally I have high speed internet.
    When I study I will have several windows open, my book, Nclex CD questions[Saunders], and my browser for googling words or terms or whatever it might be I do not know.It works for me.
    The downside is staying in a chair for so long, sometimes I fall asleep in this chair. Everyday whether I like it or not, I walk 20 minutes down the road at a fast pace and back. I carry a revolver when I do as sometimes I can harvest a deer or dispatch a coyote.44 mag,7.5" barrel.But that's me, I have been carrying before it became legal and I have been hunting a lot longer than that.
    The only other thing I can suggest is maintaining what appears to be a good attitude and make friends with someone who is smart and become partners and look out for one another. Never forget that all you want to do is pass the class and move on. Good luck.
    How many hours a day do you put into studying? I'm expecting it to consume my entire life until I'm done. If that is the case, I'm prepared to do what it takes. I just want to get an idea of what I'm in for.
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    I am a first-semester nursing student and will turn 43 next week (so I'm older than whoever was concerned about being 41). There is so much info that you could study all day, every day and still not know everything in order to make an A on a test. By the time the test is over, you're just happy to have passed (and you sometimes don't). I spend 6 to 7 days/week studying (occasionally take a whole day off), and there are tests that I've barely passed. Passing is 75% for us. I read my textbooks, though sometimes there's so much I have to force myself to skim. There are some in my class who I know do not read the book, do not study every day, and I think they're barely passing, if at all. Some are comfortable with not worrying about reading everything and trying their luck on the multiple-choice NCLEX-style tests which have more than one good answer and believing that in the end they will pass the class; others, like me, want to ensure they're doing everything they can to at least pass the test. I have 3 kids (18, 13, 9), and I pretty much am in class, studying, cooking dinner (which does not get done every day) or doing laundry. House is a mess; kids don't get a lot of my attention, although I am trying to make sure I give them at least a few minutes of "face time" most days and at least a few hours of quality time on the weekend. (They're not complaining; it's the mother's guilt thing.) But I'm still glad I'm here and hopeful that I will love this job when I'm done with school and become an RN.
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    Quote from Crystal360
    How many hours a day do you put into studying? I'm expecting it to consume my entire life until I'm done. If that is the case, I'm prepared to do what it takes. I just want to get an idea of what I'm in for.
    I'm sure everyone is different but I don't let school consume my life by any means. It tries sometimes lol. I still have time for other things and I never study nights after I've been at the hospital for 10 hours. I study an hour or two probably 4-5 days a week give or take. I mean theres weeks where its far less and right now its been pretty busy and will continue to until it ends in a few weeks. Nursing school is a lot of work but you get used to it and you learn to how to complete faster and better as you go.
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    Quote from npayne2
    Most of these replies hit on some of the important stuff like scheduling your time wisely, brushing up on certain study topics like anatomy etc,

    but --

    They're leaving out one huge study tip.

    How about - take regular breaks! I'm serious. After about an hour of intense study you're not retaining any thing. Even on a decent caffeine buzz. Take a break every 45 minutes, even if it's for 10 minutes to go walk around out side. I've always found that fresh air for a couple of minutes beats sitting on the couch for 25.

    I've read a bunch of stuff about effective study from sites like tipsfortesting.com and others. Check 'em out, theres good stuff out there.
    Good point!
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    I know I'm a little late but just found this. Thanks for the tips! I'm starting Nursing school in Fall 2012 and was just curious which things I need to start thinking about


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