I am not finding any one part of NS to be harder than any other. It's not that the material is difficult it's that it is an overwhelming amount of material that needs to be covered simutaneously.
I try to do as much reading as I can but it's impossible to read every single chapter word for word and retain all of the information.
What has worked for me so is listening very carefully during class to what the professor focuses on. I take good notes and then I will make sure to read those parts of the chapter in explicit detail. The rest I will skim over to get the general idea and I also focus on the chapter objectives and key points. Also, I think answering the end of chapter questions are important. If you can't answer them then you probably don't know enough about the chapter to be prepared for a test.
I use the CD Roms that come with my books (because I like a visual) and we also use ATI testing materials so I use those as well.
Other than that it's a time management issue. I am married and I have two children and it's a great help to me that my husband is a reasonable decent person. He pulls his weight around the house and understands that I am in school and that things will be a crazy until it's over.
As far as study groups go, I don't think they are absolutely neccessary. If you can find one or two people who are serious about studying and are on the same footing academically as you are then go for it. If you can't then you are better off not wasting time with people who want to waste time chatting during precious study time.
I am warning you and take this very seriously, do not get sucked into a tutoring situation with a student who is not doing as well as you are. It may sound cruel but NS is tough and there isn't enough time in the day to tutor someone and do all of the studying that you need to do. I learned the lesson after trying it just once this semester.
I meet with a group of what was supposed to be three to study and they brought two stragglers who heard about us meeting. Instead of all of us reviewing and quizzing each other we spent the entire time explaining stuff we already knew to those that did not know. It was a total waste of time because the two people still failed the test and the rest of us didn't do as well as we would have if we hadn't wasted our study time tutoring.
In NS it is up to each individual to learn the material even if that means taking the initiative to learn it on your own. If there is something you are not getting do the research and find alternative materials to teach you what you need to know outside of what the school recommends.
Quote from lizzyette
Thanx for the tips so I think for me I try to read the whole chapter so I can get an A on the test but I heard in the nursing program you have like 16 chapters for one test so how do you guys just read the stuff that important right?