How long do you spend studying? - page 2

by ChrisNZ

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Hi all, I'm in my first semester of Nursing (in New Zealand) now after completing a 'foundation certificate' because I did my last year of shcool abroad. At the moment I have Tuesday-Thursday in class then a four day... Read More


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    2 hours a day, 12 hours a day the last 2-3 days before an exam in the quite room of the library.
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    It's hard to find time to study between all the busy work and working. Never thought much about it, but this post made me think, and I don't spend nearly enough time. 4-6 Hours a week maybe, and I always get in a good 8+ the day before the test, reviewing all the material. I consistently get B's, but when I increase my study time I have not noticed any increase in test scores.
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    I'm in the US and in my second semester of nursing school. Our standard is 3 hours of study time per 1 hour of lecture. With that in mind, we have 6 hours of lecture per week, with an additional 1 hour of lab...theoretically I should be spending what, 21 hours/week studying? I would say it is closer to 15 like yourself. On harder units of study, line Neuro which we are doing now, I will get closer to the 21 hour mark.

    Please know that I am a Husband, father of 3, and work full time. I get around 4 hours a sleep/night and I'm am tired of hearing the single people in the world that have their parents paying for their school complain of how hard life is at that moment...life is different for every person, yes, but if you life with your parents, have no job, and go a party on the weekends and complain about failing nursing school because it is "too hard", go somewhere please.... (NOT DIRECTED AT YOU AT ALL!!!
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    Now that I've been in the program for almost a full semester, I've found that my study habits are really different from my other classmates. I much prefer to spend 1-2 hours a day going over material for all my classes, up to a test day. Many of my friends spend several (I'm talking like 8+ hours) a day for like 4-5 days before an exam to study. I guess we just go about it differently. Do whatever works for you.
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    I have theory Monday through Wednesday and clinicals Thursday and Friday. Theory last six hours while clinicals last eight hours. I study before going into class because I have evening classes. I spend about 2 to 3 hours a day, so about 14 to 21 hours.
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    Feel better now, lol?
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    I review my notes when I get home after class, if there's a time crunch I spend about 2-4 hours the night before and maybe 2hr the day of the test reviewing.

    If I have the time I spend the weekend breaking it up onto chunks studying for 3days & I do NCLEX ?s to supplement.


    Works for me & there's no way I'm spending 21/hr a week on this crap lol
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    Quote from Wanahakalugi
    I'm in the US and in my second semester of nursing school. Our standard is 3 hours of study time per 1 hour of lecture. With that in mind, we have 6 hours of lecture per week, with an additional 1 hour of lab...theoretically I should be spending what, 21 hours/week studying? I would say it is closer to 15 like yourself. On harder units of study, line Neuro which we are doing now, I will get closer to the 21 hour mark.

    Please know that I am a Husband, father of 3, and work full time. I get around 4 hours a sleep/night and I'm am tired of hearing the single people in the world that have their parents paying for their school complain of how hard life is at that moment...life is different for every person, yes, but if you life with your parents, have no job, and go a party on the weekends and complain about failing nursing school because it is "too hard", go somewhere please.... (NOT DIRECTED AT YOU AT ALL!!!
    3hours of study. Time per 1hour of lecture...

    Hmm in total I have 8 so 27/hr week lmaooooooooooooooooo not happening. I have projects/busywork/assignments to complete with that time
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    the night before a test
    never opened a text book
    don't take notes
    daydream during lecture

    i do not recommend this method. everyone else i go to school with studies like crazy, i'm blessed to not have to do this in order to do well.

    by far the smallest percentage of nursing students that do this method. it seems somewhat unreasonable to believe that this method lets anyone do well.

    you must be too cool for school.

    for anyone who truly wants to succeed, studying should be a normal part of life as a nursing student. you truly never stop learning.
    Last edit by EmerMurse on Apr 14, '12 : Reason: Forgot to quote previous poster.


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