I'm in Basics and Pharm now and I find Pharm to be incredibly easy...but then again I have a college background in math. Start studying your basic algebra now because that is basically the gist of pharm- converting and dosage calculations!!
These weeks have flown by and i can't believe that we are already only 2 weeks away from clinicals!! If I could give you any advice from my time so far it would be to 1. breathe!! 2. Don't fall into the hype of having no life and studying 8-12 hours a day. That is ridiculous and insane even though you will hear it about 100 times a day at orientation. I have 2 young children and only get to see my husband on the weekends because he is a soldier stationed 4 hours away and I have ample enough time to play with my kids and help my son with his homework. But when it's study time, they know that they need to let me study. My parents help out a lot with that also. I guess what I am trying to say is don't get lost in studying because the tests are made in such a way that basic knowledge of the material is a must, but even that will not get you an A. I am used to being a straight A student and studied 6 hours a day up until our first test, had no life and put my children off to study and guess what? I still made a very low C on the first test because of the way the questions are asked. You have to have solid critical thinking skills to do well on these tests. Out of the 8 people in my clinical group, myself and 2 others are the only ones who passed. The other 5 people failed. The girl who did make a 98 has a Bachelor's degree that is based on solid critical thinking skills- hence the highest grade in the whole Basics semester. I ordered the Fundamentals Success book yesterday because she said that will really help me since I am such a concrete thinker. I wouldn't start buying stuff now because I did and we don't need 85% of the stuff that I wasted my money on. Especially books!! If you need any encouragement please PM me. I would be glad to talk you through it because we all go through this together. I have already made a bond with my clinical group that will last far beyond our schooling at Charity. So, once again breathe, stop worrying and get ready to enjoy the ride that is Charity School of Nursing!! Congrats on getting in! We are ranked right now as 3rd in the country for Associate's programs and in all of the years that Charity has been around they have NEVER fallen below tenth place- even for Katrina!! You're in great company and getting the best possible education so pat yourself on the back and don't ever give up!!