I am about to start my 2nd year. This how I get A's in nursing school:
1.) I listen to lecture with pen and paper in hand. Powerpoints if your teachers give them to you. (No computer!)
2.) Go home and outline your notes. Since my teachers give powerpoints I open them and switch the presentation to outline. I then copy and past that into a word document and add my own notes. I like the neat and clean presentation with bullet points.
- I do this every night or every other night as we cover theory bit by bit so I do not have to spend 5 hours one night. I choose to do maybe 30 min-1hr a night after theory.
3.) We have test every 2-3 weeks, not once a week. Usually we cover 2 units for one test (i.e.- cardio and GI). The next week while we are learning the new content I go over the first unit and highlight what I think are the main points. What are the things I HAVE to know!
4.) The night before and possibly the night before that I pull out my 3 trusted NCLEX books. These books are broken down into systems just as my units in theory (ie GI and Skin). I do at least 200+ NCLEX questions before every test covering the content that I am being tested on. I have Mosby and Lippincott Q&A
books as well as a CD that goes with my Saunders Comprehensive Review which is my FAVORITE study tool. It has so many questions for each topic and I like using the computer. The books work just as well but I have to keep flipping back to the answer key and rationales after every questions where as the CD has a study mode which gives you the answer and rational right away.
Everyone is different in their methods and needs, but this system has not failed me yet!