hey, i'm getting lots of private messages from incoming students who will be starting basics in the fall 2011 asking me for tips. different things work for different students so i'm asking fellow csn students to help and share what helped you succeed in basics. we've all been there so lets try to give back.
for me personally, in basics, i reviewed the notes prior
to class so i knew what what coming. then i would go home and review each section, fill in the gaps using the text or from tegrity as needed, then do questions from "fundamentals of success." i also watched tegrity if i had time for sections with lots of questions. the recommended videos helped give me a visual as well.
i did not do the evolve case studies in basics, but i hear they were helpful. i also did not study in groups, but it seems like that works for many students.
also, try to study each day (cramming does not work) and make a schedule to map out your study time. try to get through everything (once or twice) by thursday before the test, then just review your notes and practice nclex style test questions fri, sat, and sun before the test.
hope this helps.