I just finished Basics in the Spring. I'm a single mom and have a 22 month old son. I ended up with an "A" in Pharm and a "B" in Basics. I did not find the tests to be that hard, but I did study and I did go through the NCLEX questions from "Fundamentals of Success" after I went through my notes on a given topic. The practice test questions will really help prepare you for the tests. You always want to keep in mind "safety first, and the A,B,C's when it comes to priority questions. A is for "airway", B is for "breathing", and C is for "circulation".
Also, I did not have a job; therefore, I did most of my studying during the week-day while my child was in daycare. Then once I picked him up, I could enjoy him and give him the attention that he needed. On the week-ends, I would usually get one day to study provided that my parents or ex could babysit. One thing that really helped me was moving in with my parents and not working. Nursing school
requires a lot of time and energy and I could not imagine trying to juggle a job along with it while having a baby who would wake me up 2 or 3 times a night. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night if you can. It would have been a lot less stressful if I hadn't always been so sleep deprived.
As far as keeping up, make sure you study every day. You never know when your child is gonna get sick. My son got sick a lot from daycare so it was crucial for me to utilize my time wisely. When you are in class, take notes and write down the specific examples that your teachers give you. We were able to print the notes ahead of time, but I always jotted my class notes in the margins. If something is unclear, refer back to your text and and listen to the lecture on Tegrity. Also, if several teachers are writing questions for the same topic, you may benefit from listening to the Tegrity from the other teachers (if you have the time). Also. pay attention to the exam blueprint which will tell you how many questions will come from each section and manage your time accordingly. It's recommended that you use the last 3 or 4 days before the test for review. That means, you should get though all your notes by the Thursday before the test. Then you'll have Fri, Sat, and Sun, to review.
Good luck and I wish you the best. Keep your head up high and just know that you can do it.