the first day of orientation they told us, they warned us we would no longer have a social life, for those of us with kids, we would need lots of support- tell our families now we need this help. the school was right. i worked no more than 15 hours per week, took out a personal loan and i have 4 kids. i never used my kids as excuse to fail or an excuse to not complete an assignment. my kids were and are my motivation!!!!!
#1 you have to sacrifice! you will succeed.
what you need to know:
1. buy one - only one really good nclex`review book
saunders, davis are great!!!!!
2. study your meds in classifications from day one
3. while in school do 25 questions per day on the topic you are studying or the topic in lecture.
4. sit in the front of the class
5. make a friend with someone who is focused,
6. use www.allnurses.com
7. know the nursing care that is involved
8. know your lab values
9. ask questions
10. review your notes everynight or rewrite them in question format
12. record the lecture and listen while driving home
13. get organized
14. eat well, pack some snacks- granola is a great snack
15. don't get caught up, if something is too hard and more like memorization it probably won't be on the test, but you need to know the basic of it. ask the instructor - especially with ekg - you should now common problems, normal things etc.
16. buy the hesi review book and cd!!!!!!!!!!
one more thing if you are tired - it is no point to studying- get your rest, get refreshed and then study.
if you are anxious- you can't think, so relax!