I just started first semester clinicals and I'm beyond excited that I finally got in after 3 long years on the wait list. This semester I have Nursing Fundamentals. Our instructor has the syllabus posted and the first test is Jan 29. It's covering 12 chapters of our Nursing Fundamentals book and I haven't even counted how many chapters of the ATI book. I've been out of school for a long time (most of my credits transferred from my degree I got right after high school so I did my science classes one class at a time as each was a pre-req for the next). Now with 4 classes and the first test being on that much material, I'm at a loss as to how to study for this, what's important, what's not.
Normally I use the study guide workbook for the class and do them again and again until I've pounded it all into my brain. Or if they have lectures online I listen to those again and again until I can repeat them word for word. 12 chapters though has me thrown for a loop. I can't do that with that much material. I didn't have any questions after the lecture last week, it seemed pretty easy. But I'm stressing big time over this. HELP! How do I study all of this? How do I know what to study or what's important?