I think its really important to know how your teachers like to test. I just finished my first semester and it was tough. But I got the hang of it and it became a little easier. Our class was shared between two teachers who made the test. One teacher liked to try and trick students and the other liked that you used your brain. From that I learned what to study from the notes and the book.
Which reminds me. I have a bachelors in another field and I never read the books during that journey! In nursing school
I was forced to but realized I didnt know how to properly read books without forgetting all the info.
I learned not to read chapters all at once because I would forget most of the info afterwards. Instead I read the chapter in sections, took notes on it and applied the information until I got it. I did that then moved on to the next section and then I did the same thing. THEN I would go back to the first section and tested myself all over again, then did the same for the second section. Then moved on to the third section and...you got the point.
I did that for every chapter and spent about 1-3 days, depending on the difficulty, and tried to remember and understand it all. I wouldn't move on to the next chapter until I felt confident.
With all the being said, you cant be in nursing school without being disciplined unless you're a genius. In which case you should be cautious because there will be people like me trying to eat your brain.