Let me start off by saying that for as long as I could remember, I have never depended on reading textbooks. Many times I've been successful in classes where I don't use the book other than to make flashcards from boldface terms and big concepts (or I just wouldn't use it at all). Additionally, I would just go over the lecture power points (I tried taking audio recordings of lecture notes in the past and it didn't work well for me).
However, I kind of had it in my head that for nursing school, that all changes and that you can't escape reading thoroughly. So that is what I've been doing. I read for around 3 hours or so (that time doesn't include breaks), until my brain gets so tired of looking at words for a day that I need to call it a night and I still don't get all the assigned reading done.
I think that I need to learn how to skim, and yet it worries me because I fear that I may not be reading enough, or that I will miss test material entirely. However, by doing all this reading, I feel like it's taking my energy and focus away from the big stuff that matters, putting me in a bad position when quizzes/tests come around. Because I learn best by writing, I thought that I could take notes as I read. However, that added a significant amount of extra time to my studying.
I guess I'm trying to find that magic formula that you eventually find in nursing school - the one where you figure out how/what to study in the most efficient way without spending day in, day out in your chair doing nothing else but reading. To be honest, a lot of it seems like "fluff" and redundant. As I spend hours with my nose in the books, I keep thinking, "There has to be a better way...but I don't know what that is yet!"
How do you manage the reading? Do you read everything you're assigned, or do you skim? Take notes as you go along? Does what you're doing help you or hinder you? Would love some feedback.
* I guess I should note that I'm just finishing up my first week of nursing school. However, I want to try and get a handle on this now before it turns beastly and out of control on me in a blink of an eye.