I am a visual learner too, so having to read hundreds of pages a night for class really didn't work that well for me.
The best thing I did was to pay close attention in class, take really good notes; when I write something down I remember it. Tape your lectures if you can so you don't miss anything.
Maybe some videos would be good for you if you are a visual learner; there are videos on every subject. I'm a bit out of the education loop, as I am going on 11 years out of school, but I'm sure you'll find some sites out there with what you need.
As for all the reading... I didn't read half of what was assigned; it was humanly impossible. Focus on the important, learn the rest as you go.
I got the best part of my education once I graduated; on the job training - there is no substitution for working side by side with a seasoned nurse preceptor.
To be a good nurse requires the following ingredients: desire, a lot of common sense and intuition, flexibility, confidence, a broad knowledge base and great on the job training! Every nurse should work a MINIMUM of 1 year on a med/surg floor to learn what nursing really is; the knowledge you get from it will carry you through your career and life as a competent, confident nurse.
My famous saying to describe what kind of nurse I am... I know a little about alot. Great knowledge base, but not so much that it clouds the accuracy; if I need more info about something I look it up or figure it out through deductive reasoning.
I'm a great nurse, I am proud to say. I may not have an advanced degree, but I don't need it for what I am doing. I did go back to school twice and took undergrad classes for BSN and was going to enroll in BSN/MSN FNP program, but sometimes there are bumps in the road, it's called life.
I found another passion besides nursing; travel. So for now, I am Nurse by day... Travel Agent by night... and it suits me just fine.
Best of luck, I'm sure you'll do fine!