I am a Macomb grad who has survived her first year in nursing and lived to tell about it! LOL!
Everyone learns in a different way but here is what I learned about MYSELF: For clinicals, I just have to "get in there" and DO IT! Meaning someone can show me something multiple times, but until I actually do it myself I won't feel comfortable.
In lecture, about halfway through the program I purchased a digital voice recorder and could've KICKED myself for not doing it sooner! I recorded all lectures and listened to them as much as possible. What that meant for me (I have two small children) was listening at night....I would go to my bedroom, close the door (sometimes even turn out the lights) and listen to as many lectures as I could stand (min. half hour but usually 1-2 hours) with NO DISTRACTIONS!
YES it is time consuming but I found that the tests were straight from the lectures and some lectures I had actually MEMORIZED from listening to them so much...needless to say I aced 95% of my exams and was usually the first one done!
Good luck! Nursing school
will be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life! Take it one day at a time!