getting so frustrated!

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    Hey everyone,I am absolutely losing my mind as we speak. I am in Nursing I and I have so much to read and don't know where to begin. I am learning about the musculoskeletal, brain, circulatory and some other systems. I will be motivated to study but once I hit the books, it goes so into detail about everything that I find myself lost and wondering do I really need to know this part? I am so frustrated because I don't know how to study for these systems and I feel so stupid. I don't know if I am going to make it thru nursing I. I got a 76 on the 1st exam and passing is a 70. I have my next test in 3 weeks and I just feel so overwhelmed and don't know how ill make it if I'm not understanding anything in the book and then my attention span jumps out the window. I need some serious guidance! Do I need to know every nook and cranny about the brain? I'm literally going nuts and don't know where to begin my reading!!!
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    I would read everything and put extra emphasis on whatever your teacher covered in class. I'm a big "highlighter" during class. Most of the times, the teachers will go over exactly what is in the book. I would definitely do a "once-through", as far as the reading. By the way, if 70 is passing, a 76 is pretty good! Of course, it could be better, but don't let it discourage you. If it is your first test, you really don't know what to expect. That's usually how it works with me in all of my classes (and I have taken alot). In my program, a 78 is passing...so anything above a 77 I am completely happy with. Good luck to you
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    What class?
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    It is important to know the Anatomy and Physiology of the systems. You need to know how things work so you will know when they aren't working. It is a lot of information to read but take what you learned in A and P and apply that to your nursing classes. Learn your Cranial Nerves, you have to know those. We have to pass with a 74 or higher and there are other schools that you have to have an 80 or higher to pass. It's a lot of reading but you just have to buckle down and do the reading. Buy an NCLEX study guide and do practice questions. Good luck!
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    Flash cards!!!!! I cannot put a big enough emphasis on them, make them up with a question like 'is a long muscle?' Or something that will help otherwise anatomical models/ posters work really well! I'm a practical learner so I used DVDs, anatomical models and posters
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    Flash cards!!!!! I cannot put a big enough emphasis on them, make them up with a question like 'is a long muscle?' Or something that will help otherwise anatomical models/ posters work really well! I'm a practical learner so I used DVDs, anatomical models and posters
    I actually do use flash cards. That is my #1 study aid. I put them into questions too like "define pytosis" or "what is the 4 functions of the respiratory system?" So I have to actually know the information. Its just very difficult to try and know all the information and looking at my big stack of index cards gets me overwhelmed. I am a visual learner so that's how I learn. But I don't like how all the professors in nursing school say to not use index cards because it makes you memorize instead of actually understand but I think it makes me understand
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    If you're a visual learner then I recommend getting a copy of 'anatomy for beginners' by dr. Gunther von Hagen it goes through all the systems : endo, circ, Resp, digest, etc also another 2 are 'life after death ' and 'guthers ER'
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    Do not get BOGGED DOWN with the anatomy and physiology of things. Yes, it is important to have a BASIC understanding of them but if your patient is turning blue and not breathing, it's more important to know HOW to react and what immediate interventions need to be done. Take comfort in the fact that most students feel the exact same way. I'm in my last semester, and I STILL feel like you do. You just gotta take it piece by piece, STAY POSITIVE, things will start making sense (slowly but surely). The things that don't make sense, will when you see them in real life practice. You're 6 points above passing. That's GOOD! Keep it up.
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    The hardest thing I've had to learn in the nursing program is that it is ok to just Pass. I still hate it. You are not the only one out there.
    Writing stuff out on whiteboards helps me, then I can draw arrows to things and link them together. I just go hull up in a room with a board on my campus with my books for a few hours two days before a test.
    Simply writing out your info on your cards or whatever IS studying as long as you don't zone out.
    Keep trucking. You've got this!
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