Quote from tammy_zeidan09
I do have syllabi I go over but it'd be like the title of the chapter rather than main points. I feel like Maybe I am over loading myself?
Your syllabi doesn't have key points or key concepts listed? Does your teacher not tell you what they are? If not, ask her/him...most of them don't bite
and I guarantee others will have the same question.
Also, don't be afraid to ask a classmate (I actually do this before asking the instructor most of the time), just in case I'm missing something that's right in front of my face. (hey, it happens! haha)
Does your instructor use power points? If so, skim the chapters for things mentioned in your ppts and the boxes/tables related to those. Read what you need further clarification on.
If they don't use ppts, the chapters have key points listed at the beginning of the chapter. Focus your learning on those key points and then study the boxes. Ask yourself "What do I need to know as a nurse?" and then ask yourself "WHY?"
We have to APPLY what we know now, there is no more memorization (except for lab values, some pharm and a few other things).
Best way to practice application is to do NCLEX questions and read the rationales. I honestly, learn so so much from the rationales! They are telling you the WHY portion that is so important in nursing! And if I STILL don't understand something or something that I haven't seen, I use my book as a reference.
You may have to change up things until you figure out what works for you! I'm entering my 4th term and I *think* the above is what works for me but it may change depending on the content and the way my instructor teaches or tests on.