Quote from MB37
Hopefully you have enough experience with your own education to know what methods work for you - I'm the opposite of dave5000 - through 2 semesters of NS, I have yet to receive a grade of less than an A on any exam, and I do not make flash cards or study in groups. Ever. I tape all my lectures, take notes by hand in class, then go home and listen to the tapes and type everything up. I also read every page we're assigned and highlight. I make study guides for each exam, and once it's made I don't really need to study it - I learned all the material while creating it. I spend the day before an exam just doing NCLEX style practice questions, I have about 5 books of them. I also have two books on NCLEX test-taking strategies (I recommend Kaplan) and I read it cover to cover early in first semester. I know myself very well, and I know what works for me. That's the most important thing to figure out.
A NCLEX test strategies is the #1 advice.
The best I will give you, PRE-READ and listen to the instructor and ask the "stupid" questions during class and RE-READ the material.
I never was a group or flashcard person but, if you are in an accelerated program I would recommend groups, diverse groups that have different learning styles. My class of 8 (used to be 10) has listeners, readers, doers and visual learners all have something to bring to the discussion. We normally gather over the weekend for an hour or 3 to make sure we are all on the same page (FYI the other 2 didn't participate in groups), if nothing else maybe a question will be tossed because we all missed it. The group must be diverse and focused on studying
, it is not chit-chat time;the key is all questions need to be researched, trust no one person.
We aren't allowed recorders, so I can't speak for that.
Also, if you don't have to work full time, DONT! If you can work around your school demands (and there are many), great. This is exponentially true if you're new to healthcare (as I was/am).
And finally, RELAX and HAVE FUN ... take it seriously but don't forget to enjoy it.