Quote from Me-erThanMe
I feel like I'm a pretty good student. But I get mostly B's. I wish getting an A wasn't above a 93%! I guess I'm just frustrated...and I'm a perfectionist.
We have to know a ton of stuff, so it's really hard to keep everything really balanced in your brain.
This is only my 2nd semester in a BSN program. I'm technically in the 2nd year since I did most of my pre-req's at a community college before transferring. I'm not a seasoned nursing student yet.
Anyway. If you have straight A's, how do you do it? (:
1st and foremost, organization. Organization and time management are so important. A teacher once told us he knew some people who really weren't smart get phd's not from brains, but organization and time management. I took this to heart and it hasn't failed me yet. one B in my last 30 credits.
Next, practice questions. Get a Saunders nclex review book. Get the "success" book for whatever class you currently have (phsychiatric success, med-surg success, etc) and do LOTS AND LOTS OF PRACTICE QUESTIONS!!! I might do 300 practice questions for an exam.
I also buy tons of other helper books. The made incredibly easy guides are exceptional. The demystified ones aren't too bad either.
Listen to the lecture. Teachers give out lots of LITTLE tidbits in passing that you may not notice if your not very attentive.
Get a good group of friends to study with. It's even better if some of them are in different sections as you can compare notes between instructors. You can have a large network of study friends, but keep your study groups small (2-3 people). Rotate in between groups in you need to, but keep it small.
Hope this helps