How Long Do You Study

  1. I am a new LPN student and was just wondering....how much time do you spend studying? I spent 5 hours a day in class 5 days a week and generally study 4-5 hours a day studying. I have five subjects - A&P, Pharmacology Math, Pyschology, English Comp and Fundamentals. I usually focus on the subject I am weakest on and spend the most time on that. Then I am juggling subjects to get homework done and the reading that is required to be ready for the next test. I fit my studying in while exercising, watching tv, waiting for dinner, etc. Just curious what others are doing.
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  3. by   locolorenzo22
    I usually ensure I read the chapters over topics covered in next class 2-3 times before the class, and do the outline we receive the first time I read it, then I can read completely for content.
    Studying, I'll study a week before something major, then 2-3 days before it, as well as day or night before major exam. If needed, I'll review 1-2 problem concepts 20-30 mins before class.
  4. by   lisabeth
    I know I'm not a nursing student yet, but this gives me an idea of what I will go through. Thanks.
  5. by   Jules A
    Wow thats a lot of classes. I only took 1 pre-req class while in the actual program so my load was probably a bit lighter. I studied between 1 and 2 hours a night and tried to take like 1 night a week off from studying when possible. Good luck.
  6. by   DawnFL
    I'm going through the ADN program. In the beginning I was putting in about 5 hours a night. But now after a couple of months in the program, getting used to the classes,etc., I usually can put in about 2 - 2 1/2 hours a night studying (I have a great husband and super family). I also tend to study a little bit more on the weekends, and I try to take atleast 1 day off completely. Sounds like you have a much heavier load then I do. I'm only taking Fundamentals. Good Luck

    Dawn
  7. by   Aradien
    Quote from greatan
    I am a new LPN student and was just wondering....how much time do you spend studying? I spent 5 hours a day in class 5 days a week and generally study 4-5 hours a day studying. I have five subjects - A&P, Pharmacology Math, Pyschology, English Comp and Fundamentals. I usually focus on the subject I am weakest on and spend the most time on that. Then I am juggling subjects to get homework done and the reading that is required to be ready for the next test. I fit my studying in while exercising, watching tv, waiting for dinner, etc. Just curious what others are doing.
    Wow! I knew that the LPN program was tough but wow! Is that because you couldn't take any classes as pre reqs? I am in an ADN program, currently taking fundamentals. I study about 3-5 hours per night. I don't do that well on the tests and need to reread often. I usually take one night off and one day off. Tuesday nights, and Sunday days (I study Sunday night). I find that this schedule works for me.
  8. by   marilynmom
    I've never timed myself so I don't know for sure, but I would think I study about an hour or two a day, but I don't study everyday. What I mainly do is read the chapter before each class and then highlight and take notes in class, then re-read the chapter later over what instructor talked about. I do not study everyday, I try to take 1-2 days off a week to relax and be with my kids and stuff. I think that actually really helps!

    Before each test I will study more, do the NCLEX book on that subject.

    But this is soooo individual for everyone. I'm the type that if I can hear it (lecture) I can remember it. I have never needed to study for hours and hours because I'm very auditory/hands on, I guess I am lucky in that respect. I find if I can understand the pathophysiology of a disease I get the rest of it all pretty easily.

    *I think a lot of people waste a lot of time "studying" because they don't really know how they learn. Once I figured out how I learned (auditory and "hands on") my study time was cut drastically.*
    Last edit by marilynmom on Oct 9, '06
  9. by   greatan
    Quote from Cherry Ames SN
    Wow! I knew that the LPN program was tough but wow! Is that because you couldn't take any classes as pre reqs? I am in an ADN program, currently taking fundamentals. I study about 3-5 hours per night. I don't do that well on the tests and need to reread often. I usually take one night off and one day off. Tuesday nights, and Sunday days (I study Sunday night). I find that this schedule works for me.
    I've never gone to college, have no prereqs. Most of the students in my class aren't taking everything I am so they have a much lighter workload. So basically I'm taking everything at once. I am hoping it will get a little easier after the 1st semester when I settle in. It's pretty rough cause we go through 1-2 chapters a week then have the test. It is definitely a lot of memorization.
  10. by   Aradien
    Quote from greatan
    I've never gone to college, have no prereqs. Most of the students in my class aren't taking everything I am so they have a much lighter workload. So basically I'm taking everything at once. I am hoping it will get a little easier after the 1st semester when I settle in. It's pretty rough cause we go through 1-2 chapters a week then have the test. It is definitely a lot of memorization.
    My hat is off to you!
    That is a really intense program you have for yourself.

    I wish the best of luck! Please let us know how you are progressing okay?
  11. by   cschmill
    i thought the advisement of 3 to 4 hours a night was a little exaggerated, but boy was i wrong. that seems to be the minimum. and now that i'm half way through the second semester, things only get stickier. we have four presentations we have to do ranging in time from 10-20 mins plus all the clinical homework, tests, math, etc. it's nothing to expect two tests a week over book material, and then two math tests to go along with the book tests, usually over pediactric dosages (OB/peds) and IV drip rates (med/surg). last week we had 2 book tests over 9 chapters of material and two math tests to go along with them. to top that off it was a monday and i had a presentation that day as well. but that's nursing school i guess, we all knew it would be stressful when we applied for the program.
  12. by   solumedrol
    Quote from locolorenzo22
    I usually ensure I read the chapters over topics covered in next class 2-3 times before the class, and do the outline we receive the first time I read it, then I can read completely for content.
    Studying, I'll study a week before something major, then 2-3 days before it, as well as day or night before major exam. If needed, I'll review 1-2 problem concepts 20-30 mins before class.
    wow. you read the chapters 2-3 times? you got so much time in your hands. how much readings do you have to do? and how many courses are you taking?
  13. by   solumedrol
    Quote from cschmill
    i thought the advisement of 3 to 4 hours a night was a little exaggerated, but boy was i wrong. that seems to be the minimum. and now that i'm half way through the second semester, things only get stickier. we have four presentations we have to do ranging in time from 10-20 mins plus all the clinical homework, tests, math, etc. it's nothing to expect two tests a week over book material, and then two math tests to go along with the book tests, usually over pediactric dosages (OB/peds) and IV drip rates (med/surg). last week we had 2 book tests over 9 chapters of material and two math tests to go along with them. to top that off it was a monday and i had a presentation that day as well. but that's nursing school i guess, we all knew it would be stressful when we applied for the program.
    wow. your classes sounds so intense. we don't do much math or calculations. and we really never get tested on it. we focus more on nursing theory!
  14. by   texas2007
    Well this semester I am taking 17 hours of class (which turns out to be 28 actual hours accounting for clinicals and labs etc). I would then say I study an additional 16 hours during the week, and 10 on the weekends. So...54 hours of stuff to do every week What gets me is being at clinical all day long and then having to spend additional time typing up my report. I can't wait until when work is over, I can come home and do whatever I desire...like a nap

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