During this semester, I really learned how to prioritize. Not all items in class are given the same weight. For example, clinicals for me was a pass/fail class. I use to spend 5 hours typing up these great care plans
. Nope. Was a waste of time when I could write out the answers given your professor will let you do that. Those group assignments which I took a week on. Drop that down to a couple of hours since those items were always going to get a pass. Really a good private tutor is what I would suggest. They direct you and tell you what is important to study. In the beginning, I would shell out the money for one.
Now for pharm. It all depends on how your professor tests. Generally, I would based what I studied on how the teacher tests (where and what kind of questions does she give), there is usually a pattern. Also, I studied for the nclex. It saved me lots of study time as if I could get away with it based on how the professor tested, saved me lots of time. I did tons of practice questions from Davis Success books, and reviews and rationales.
Feuer also sells an audio of all basic pharm drugs needed for nclex, and Hurst has with her package major drugs and side effects that beginning nurses should know. These take time to go over, but if I was to pick one I guess when I was driving around back and forth and not really doing anything I would listen to feuer pharm lectures. If I had an extra 300 dollars, I would purchase Hurst. It goes over the basics of med surg on the core material. That is the why of how it works. For me understanding was key. She does short 2 hour sessions for each major symptom. You wont be able to rely on Hurst to pass, but she will give you the basics quickly to think your way through what is happening. Also, she gives you the pdfs of what nursing students should know. PM to talk offline for more discussion of this.