What I had to realize about nursing school when I started was that its not about memorization it's about actually applying and understanding the information. And learning what takes priority. Abc. Airway breathing circulation. Which patients do u see first? Airway pt! If its a psych question think safety. Write all over your test... And take every question on the test one at time.
As far as studying goes, each disease has a definition, cause, med treatment, surgical treatment, nursing treatment and lab values and clinical manifestations associated with it. Know these! And if u don't understand it, look it up not only in your book but online. I used to go on YouTube and look up certain procedures or diseases until I could confidently explain to someone what happens.
Dedicate a certain amount of hours per week to study. Mine was about 20-25 hours per week. That's roughly 3-4 hours a day. But write out a weekly plan of what day u are studying and what times and commit to it.
Ask faculty many questions.... That's why thy are there ... Join study groups... Get a fail proof plan and run with it .
hard work pays off and that's one realization I had to have to get where I am today .