I will be starting my first semester of nursing school in January 2011, I am super excited and nervous at the same time. From talking to several students that are in second/third semester, they say that students haven't been able to get an A in the first semester of NS. They all mention that it has to do with the critical thinking and the way the information/questions are presented to the students. I want to do as good as possible because I know of two RN new grad intern/residency programs around my area and even though they look at the whole applicant, most of the emphasis deals with academic performance.
I have a B.S. in Public Health and Human Biology, I am a hardworking student but I want to ask if there is anything I can do to prepare myself for this first semester. How can I learn some of the critical thinking/study methods and test taking strategies when it comes to nursing? I worked as an EMT for two years and took the NREMT, not sure if nursing deals with the same critical thinking question style as EMTs.
Also, I was wondering if I can add another class apart from my first semester Nursing classes. Did any of you take one, two separate classes apart from the nursing classes?
Any other advice will be greatly appreciated,