I'm in my second semester of a two year program and it seems like everyone else is much farther ahead than I am. I'm realizing that although I passed A&P with an A, and Patho with a B, I've forgotten so much that I'm not able to understand what's happening in a specific alteration, what I should be watching for in that patient, etc.
I know that I need to go back and review, but I'm so overwhelmed with class already, that I'm afraid I won't be able to learn what I need to. Fortunately I'm in a situation where I do not need to be working right now, so I have lots of time, but my problem is that it seems to take me at least twice as long to learn things as other people. I've gotten some A&P and Patho books from people, but I don't know where to start and how to study it in such a way that I'm learning, but it's not infringing on my class material.
My fear it's that I'll pass nursing school
, I'll pass the NCLEX, but when it's all said and done, I won't really know anything. I can pass tests, but once we move on to another area, I completely forget it all. I want to be a good nurse, but I realize I have to understand the nursing concepts inside and out to make good decisions, and at this point I feel way behind. We'll be discussing something in class and I can't come up with an answer or response. It's horrible.
So, two things. First, do you know of any good resources for nursing students/nurses to use to brush up on A&P and Patho? Second, for someone with difficulty retaining information, what learning techniques have you found helpful?
Sorry for the length, but thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond. I would really appreciate any advice.