So stressed..

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    Im in my first week of my LPN school. It is an 11 month program, so it is fast moving. Basically, a normal day is: take notes on chapter 1, go home, outline chapter 2 for the following day while also studying for the chapter 1 test that is the next day. there are 2 subjects a day. Basically, you are studying for 2 different subjects every night while outlining the following chapters. Im not sure if I worded that correctly, but I hope you understand. I knew going into this that it would be a lot of work, I just didnt imagine the stress level. Im basically teaching myself everything. 3 hours of lecture is not enough to be tested the following day. People have gotten through it, so I know its possible, it's just very stressful.
    I know this is what I want to do, Im just hoping that I am actually able to do it. If you fail 2 exams, you are kicked out of the program. I understand why, it's just scary to think about, when youhave 2 tests a day. Im up all hours of the night studying, and it's still hard for me to understand. Im to the point where I even feel guilty eating dinner with my family because I need to study. But all the hours of studying Im doing, isnt even paying off, because I still barely understand.
    Im just venting and Im sorry this got to be so long. I hope there is someone out there that has felt this way that can help get me through it.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    I'm going into a 12 month BSN program and this sounds hellish. I'm expecting it to be hard of course, but I didn't know tests could easily be a daily thing. I guess I'll have to seriously brush up on being totally and completely focused for this year.
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    I do understand what you are talking about. I'm about to start my second week, and I study an average of 6 hours a night. Personally, I think outlining is the best. Try to break the chapters down into chunks so that it is easier to digest. I try to pull the main ideas out of the chapter and write them out in word, then during lecture the next day, I hand write additional info from the instructor on the outline. That way I end up with 3 pages to study from instead of 30. I find that it helps a lot
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    Quote from mr cooper
    I'm going into a 12 month BSN program and this sounds hellish. I'm expecting it to be hard of course, but I didn't know tests could easily be a daily thing. I guess I'll have to seriously brush up on being totally and completely focused for this year.
    what in the world is a 12 month BSN program? That sounds like a nightmare. Please tell me that you already have your ADN-RN, otherwise 4 years of nursing school in 12 months sounds humanly impossible
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    SushiJoe- I'm starting an 11-month BSN program in April. It's a 2nd degree program so all pre-reqs and non-nursing courses (including sciences) are complete before you start. I've looked at a few 12-month programs as well and these are very intense, but if you have the drive and focus to finish in such a short time I think it will be totally worth the year of craziness!
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    It's doable it's just your personal life will be out on hold.. It's stressful at first but once you get your studying habits down it gets easier.
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    Maybe you aren't studying the right way for you. I am visual and i am constantly putting post it notes all over the house and re writting my notes. I am in a 11 month program so i know exactly what you are going threw. Just take it one test at a time.
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    Hi, I too am stressed to the hilt. I am 3 weeks in. I had no idea it was going to be like this. It feels like the classes are going faster than I am. I am not sure if I am going to be able to do this. I got all A's in my prerequisites except one B+ and I am not doing too well so far.....I study all the time. I really don't understand why it has to be so fast like you should have known yesterday what they are going to teach you tomorrow. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
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    wow. first week and already stressed on chapter 1 and 2? oh man...you have your work CUT OUT for you, girl lol
    wait until you get into med surge! anyway,
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    Passed my assessment today. 2nd try but it's done! Wow, I was so stressed. I'm glad that is over! Now, on to study for another exam!!


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