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- by shailee Jun 7, '07Hi everyone:
I just got accepted into nursing school. I do have to work while I'm going part-time. I'm trying to make out a good schedule. How many hours a day of studying is good if I'm in class all day Saturdays and in clinicals two evenings a week?:studyowl:
- Jun 7, '07 by Esther2007I was told by my instructor last year, for every 3-credits, you need to study 15 hours a week.
- Jun 7, '07 by angel75Nursing school is much different than regular school. Taking 8-10 SH is considered full-time. Days that I was going to clinicals or lecture I would study for about 4 hours a night. On my off days, all I did was study (about 12 hours/day). Discipline and determination will get you through nursing school. Good luck!
- Jun 7, '07 by emtb2rnThe amount of study time needed is unique to every individual. Some folks need hours and hours while others need, well, none. The key is to find out what works for you. I would say to err on the side of caution until you figure it out. Personally, I studied about an hour a day 3-4 days/week during my 1st 2 semesters and have maintained a low 90s average without any stress.
Oh yeah, what Daytonite says below about NCLEX prep really helps. I use Davis RN Success regularly and it helps a lot.Last edit by emtb2rn on Jun 7, '07 : Reason: added another thought
- Jun 7, '07 by Daytonitefrom my first days in college back in 1967 we were told that 2 hours of study for each hour in class was what you needed to at least get a "c". what's more important, i have learned over the years, is that you learn to study efficiently. we each have ways in which we learn more effectively. your job is to discover what works for you. it may take years to do that. the more techniques you are aware of that you can experiment with, the better off you are going to be. many colleges have a class in how to organize and study. it may be listed under the counseling department. to save you the time of doing this, many other colleges also have much of the information online. here's some of the websites with information on how to study, take tests and assess your abilities.
- http://www.studygs.net/ - study guides and strategies. can be viewed in many different languages.
- http://www.accd.edu/sac/history/kell...tg/ssindex.htm - strategies for success, an online primer and tutorial on how to study for students from the alamo community college.
- http://www.how-to-study.com/index.html - a study skills resource.
- http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/checklis.html - this is a study skill checklist for you to go through and inventory your study habits from virginia polytechnic institute and state university. at the bottom of the form is the link to "study skills self-help information" which is all kinds of information to help you with areas you were weak on in the checklist. if you want to bypass the checklist and just go into the information section, go to this link http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html
- http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=helpsheets - how do you learn best? this site has information on strategies to help you study better based on whether you are a visual, aural, read/write, kinesthetic or multimodal studier. you click on the modality that best describes you to get study advice. if you are not sure which best suits you, take the questionnaire to find out. click on "questionnaire".
- http://www.glendale.edu/new/services...ling/tests.htm - strategies for test taking from glendale community college.
- http://www.byu.edu/stlife/cdc/learning/strategy.php - test taking strategies and guidelines from brigham young university.
- http://www.academictips.org/acad/mul...examstips.html - multiple choice exam tips from academictips.org
- http://www.efn.org/~nurses/ - this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.
- http://go.dbcc.edu/hhps/nursing/study_skills.html - study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
http://go.dbcc.edu/hhps/nursing/test_taking_skills.html - test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to choose the correct answer for these application type questions.
- Jun 7, '07 by notadocI can tell you what works for me. I try to read the chapter(s) we will be covering in lecture before I get to class. I just read them, not study them in detail. I then take good notes during the lecture, and then re-read the material again as soon as possible after the lecture, using my notes as a guide on what to really focus on. All total, this can take anywhere from a couple of hours, to all evening, depending upon how much material we will be covering. When I stick to this routine faithfully, I generally end up with high A's on my exams. When I don't, I can usually still count on a high B or low A. Your mileage may vary, but this works for me. The real benefit of this method, though, is that because of the additional reinforcement, I have found that the material stays with me long past the day of the exam. That saves me a lot of time not having to look a bunch of stuff up while I am on the floor during clinicals. Good luck!
- Jun 8, '07 by shaileeThank you.
All of those suggestion and personal expressions were very helpful.
I guess when I get into it, I will find my niche.
- Jun 8, '07 by Eireneyou will totally find your niche when you begin classes. daytonight's resources were wonderful-- i'd check each of them out. and... whoever mentioned getting an nclex-rn book was right! it really reinforces the information in your class book and the practice tests are the bomb-doggity. i have 3 books and i've noticed that some of the questions are almost exactly the same on my tests.
i took a class called "nursing test taking success". it was an awesome class and we explored all different learning styles. i highly suggest a class like that.
personally, i study 2 hours per evening, from 8-10pm, and run a study group on sundays from 5-8. my schedule is blocked out for this every single week, like it's an appointment. most people do not need to do this, but unfortunately i have to do it to stay on top of my game.
- Jun 8, '07 by HeartsOpenWideFor me it depended on the day (I am on summer break now). On clinical days I did not study as much. But this is about how it went.
Mondays: 12-2:30, 7-9
Fridays 1-6 or 7ish
Sat and Sun 8-5 (0r8-8 when I needed to catch up)
Some days I studied even more depending on if a test was comming up:
On days of tests I usually go to bed at 10pm and get up at 2 am and do last minute studying
- Jun 8, '07 by Jessy_RNI am in my last semester of nrsg school.......I do about 15hrs a week including preping for NCLEX, I work full-time though