I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. I have gone through a very tough LVN school, where I was only 1 of 4 (of a class of 36) that graduated on time. I had a lot of people come to me for help during school, because I learned how to study.
I should tell you too, that I didn't always know how: I failed Chemistry and Anatomy over and over about 10 years ago. So when I returned to try nursing school
again, I had to reevaluate my learning methods. What changed for me is my age and determination: I would do everything it takes to pass. I don't know if you are young, but when I was 18-20 I sure didn't know how to study. Kudos to you for trying to find help!
My biggest thing was realizing how I learn. Some people are visual, some audio, whatever. I learn by WRITING EVERY SINGLE THING DOWN. If I don't write it down, IT DOESN'T STICK. I can read something 20 times, but unless I see it in my own handwriting, I won't remember it. I outlined every single chapter, and then when it came time to study for the test, all I had to do was look at my notes and occasionally refer back to my book.
It should be noted though, I take awesome notes. Notice the difference at taking notes on this sentence:
or IV therapy
is the giving of liquid
substances directly into a vein
. The word intravenous
simply means "within a vein
". Therapies administered intravenously are often called specialty pharmaceuticals
. It is commonly referred to as a drip
because many systems of administration employ a drip chamber
, which prevents air entering the blood stream (air embolism
) and allows an estimate of flow rate.
You can write the whole damn thing out, or write this in your notes:
IV: (within vein)
~liquid subst. in vein
~IV aka specialty pharm.
~drip chamber prevents embolism, allows flow rate
This is just what works for me. I helped a lot of students learn how to take notes, so their hands don't fall off. If you are an audio learner, I would suggest finding a good partner that likes to "teach." Sometimes if you teach something to someone else you remember/understand it better. So it depends on your methods, find out you're absolute BEST way of learning, and do everything you can to stick to it.
And by the way... if you plan on having a fun social life, you probably won't be pulling A's or B's. Stick to your priorities. Good luck!