Quote from lorirn2b
And I would like to see anyone read my fundamentals book cover to cover before the semester even begins. Besides being a huge waste of time, since the instructors hop all over the book, you would be filling your brain up with information that your instructors may not require you to know. I'm sorry but that is not good advice to tell people to read an entire textbook before their program even starts.
I never told anyone to read the entire textbook. I was stating what worked for ME
and helped ME
through my first semester. I read my health assessment book cover to cover and almost read my pathophys book cover to cover, then I got the syllabus and finished only what I needed. I had the fundamentals syllabus before I started reading it and the pathopharm book so I only read the required readings for those.
I also do not think it is a waste of time reading materials that is not required. I enjoy what I am reading and it gives me more of a big picture and a better understanding of how everything fits together. Just because you're not going to be tested on something doesn't mean there is no reason not to know it. If it doesn't work for someone else, that's fine, but it works for me.
Quote from nursewr
Agreed! What's the point in reading a complete textbook?
I have pulled all nighters my first semester, did well, never got a full 8 hours sleep before a test my second semester still did well. I have a family, (husband 3 kids) , I never read ONE page in a textbook.. Did well.....I don't have to work .... And still had date night and did family things. I know many with bachelors degree that failed courses in basics and med surg and advanced med surg.. I myself only hold an associates degree.. No matter what degree u have. None is like nursing school.
It's awesome you can do so well with a family and not reading textbooks. I don't know how my friends with families do it. I don't think I could. I could never not read the textbooks. Just not my way of doing things.
And I really do think my B.A. and the rigors of my undergrad had a lot to do with why the first semester wasn't as stressful for me as it was for some. Previous experience, academic or otherwise, can definitely make a difference.