How to get an "A" in any course. - page 3

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It’s that time again, the prerequisite and nursing school boards will be filling with new fall students. The most common questions I see are usually people feeling worried about some of the “harder” classes associated with the... Read More


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    I have a planner obsession. I get an "At A Glance" planner every year. It's a splurge for me
    Planners | AT-A-GLANCE

    but I color code everything and it's my golden ticket to staying on top of things!
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    Quote from Mandy0728

    Yup! I had 18 credits this past spring & got a 4.0 and besides studying everyday, I owe it to my planner! I have 17 credits for fall & got a bigger planner( the size of a regular spiral notebook) and there's so much space for all my classes. I'm so excited & happy I'm so organized, because I wouldn't survive school otherwise!
    What do you write in your planner exactly?
    I have three children, buying a house, learning a new area, snoopy mom moving in to help with my 8 month old. I love her but she is a mom that does not mind her business when it comes to her kids and their love life. So I need any help I can get with my planner.
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    Quote from Chelsea13
    I have a planner obsession. I get an "At A Glance" planner every year. It's a splurge for me
    Planners | AT-A-GLANCE

    but I color code everything and it's my golden ticket to staying on top of things!
    Yep, I color-coded my planner as well. Made it easy to tell, at a glance, what was coming up on the schedule. I bought a highlighter in 5 different colors. After I filled in my planner, I highlighted every thing as follows: Tests - Pink, Quizzes, Orange, Homework - Yellow, Written papers - Blue and Study time - Green.

    That way, I could easily tell what was coming up during the week and what to focus on. I don't think I would have done as well if I hadn't stayed so organized. I'm starting nursing school on the 22nd and you can bet I'm filling in my planner as soon as the final course calendar has been posted online!!!
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    Quote from Imsofocused
    What do you write in your planner exactly?
    I have three children, buying a house, learning a new area, snoopy mom moving in to help with my 8 month old. I love her but she is a mom that does not mind her business when it comes to her kids and their love life. So I need any help I can get with my planner.
    Here's what I do, and I just get the cheap weekly planner at my school (I think they are $5 or so), I color code each class I'm taking, based on these file folders. I have highlighters that roughly match the color scheme. The first week of classes, after I have all my syllabi, I go through each class. 90% the teacher includes a "calendar" when tests are, big assignments are due, etc. I put all of those down for each class in pen, then highlight with their assigned color.

    As the author noted before, the preview/review system is awesome, because you are constantly reviewing the material, thus saving yourself from the "cram" session that usually befalls students. During class, if the teacher has a quiz coming up or another assignment, I note the class, the assignment, then add a check box (for me, I found it's super fulfilling being able to put that check box there...). I will even put big events in my life in there, just to gain perspective on what is going on so that I'm able to plan accordingly.

    My sister did just get a Life Planner from Erin Congdren, and she loves it. That said, $50+ is a pretty hefty price tag for it. If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know! I also found this post really helpful for study tips too: College Prep: INTENSE STUDY TIPS
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    Thanks ladies
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    Great post! Thank you so much for your great advice! I really needed that!
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    Yeah, I start on Monday & write each class I have that day in order, same with the rest of the days. I have a huge desk calendar at home that I color code when I have exams & quizzes coming up, using a different marker for each class. I only do this so everyday I can visualize how far away my next tests are. It helps for me!
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    Quote from Mandy0728
    Yeah, I start on Monday & write each class I have that day in order, same with the rest of the days. I have a huge desk calendar at home that I color code when I have exams & quizzes coming up, using a different marker for each class. I only do this so everyday I can visualize how far away my next tests are. It helps for me!
    I am really old school with the paper planner and desk calendar. I totally agree that visualizing your month on a desk calendar can be very useful and practical.

    I also have really important dates in my google calendar, which everyone in my immediate friend/family circle has access to so they can see if I'm busy or not! The google cal is also helpful because my phone goes off 1/2 hour before everything to remind me where I'm supposed to be.

    The simple key to success truly is organization, however you do it!
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    Chelsea, great tips thanks!
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    God Bless you Chelsa13....you have just broke down mental barriers about my approach to school and studying...Thank you so much!!!!


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