I personally thought the Incredibly Easy books would make harder to understand topics easier, but found they left out a lot of info, just my experience. I used one of there books to study for NCLEX and ended up buying another bc it skipped stuff I felt.... Something I found really usful as a new grad (since you will be graduating in a few months- congrats, its a long road, but you did it! I dont know where you live but we have ONE Barnes and Noble in the whole state, but one day when I went in, I saw these little "pocket" books that where quick referance guides to common s/s, p/a, pharm, disease, how to write notes (which came in handy, I have been subpenoed twice for past patients- not my misdoings, but on the MD part.... I look back and thank God I used the note guide bc when you have to recall a patient from 5-6 years prior, they start to blur!
I agree with what you said about what kind of learner... I have severe ADD, and as you probably know, people with ADD cannot get out of their own way sometimes
But identifying this as an issue, I bought a book that outlined how to attend college with ADD, and the tips where all excellent. One big one for me is sitting through lectures over 45 minutes-1 hr or longer, my mind just started to spin... So I take back what I said about not taping lectures, bc I remember that I did for a few classes (Micro, Patho 1 and 2, M/S) and I would relisten to the lecture slowlly, like break it up into 4 fifteen minute blocks, and review my notes, look up terms I was unsure of etc.... and I swear I went from being someone who misplaces their own to-do book, planner, organizer etc... to having a really easier time understanding and retaining info... I know we are different learners, and not everyone has ADD, but this method of reviewing and studying would really work for anyone, we all have a shut off point, so the breif stints worked really well.
OMG, I do sorta disagree but not really with one thing... I certainly got to know everyone, one male student out of a class of 120, something tells me that every other student knew there was something different about me
But, on the advice of another nursing student, I made fast friends with two other students who I identified as having some stuff in common, and the three of of stuck together through the entire 4 years like glue, not letting the other fail, forget, you know what I mean... It paid off, bc we ranked 1, 2 and 4 in the class at graduation, at pinning they called us onto stage to point this out (me an ADD student was Salutorian) I would have been happy passing!
Lastly, have you been offered any scholarship or grant money for being a male in nursing, HRSA is handing out all of this money, but I have yet to hear of someone actually benefiting from it, schools are getting like 700k, 900k, 2 mil to increase diversity.... I am working on DNP now and when I was not singled out, I was shocked (tri-racial, gay, single father, RN, work in rural, Ashkenazi Jewish decent, entering a high need speciatly--- If you read the criteria, it reads like what I just wrote.... just curious)