How to get an "A" in any course. - page 2

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"... Read More

  1. Visit  queserasera profile page
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    Missmollie & Pipestone,
    CAN NOT AGREE MORE WITH BOTH OF YOU!
    All in caps agreement!
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  2. Visit  onetallgirl profile page
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    This is honestly the best advice! I can't tell you how many times I was the ONLY person talking and engaging with the professor in a lecture room of 90+ people. What I've figured out is by asking questions and talking with the professor, the professor tends to tailor the class to your learning. Not all the times, but enough that I continue to be successful. Also - reviewing notes after class (even rewriting notes in their entirety, either from laptop to notebook, or notebook to laptop) is imperative.
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  3. Visit  LoriBSN2b profile page
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    Bookmarked. I'll need all the help I can get in a few weeks when school starts.
  4. Visit  VickyRN profile page
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    Excellent advice!
  5. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    I think one of the BEST things you can do is get yourself organized with a planner. I took 17 credits last fall, with some heavy-duty pre-reqs and got a 4.0 in all. It was due to staying organized. I can't stress it enough. Get a planner, fill in all test dates, quiz dates, homework dates, labs, etc. Then allot study time for each course. Break it into small chunks throughout the week. It's amazing out you can handle a huge course load when you're organized
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  6. Visit  Mandy0728 profile page
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    Quote from SopranoKris
    I think one of the BEST things you can do is get yourself organized with a planner. I took 17 credits last fall, with some heavy-duty pre-reqs and got a 4.0 in all. It was due to staying organized. I can't stress it enough. Get a planner, fill in all test dates, quiz dates, homework dates, labs, etc. Then allot study time for each course. Break it into small chunks throughout the week. It's amazing out you can handle a huge course load when you're organized
    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!
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  7. Visit  onetallgirl profile page
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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!
    I second the planner! Being super organized makes it way easier to keep up (including planning your time efficiently).
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  8. Visit  queserasera profile page
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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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  11. Visit  onetallgirl profile page
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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
  12. Visit  yupthischickanurse profile page
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    Thanks ladies
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  13. Visit  Katniss1994 profile page
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    Great post! Thank you so much for your great advice! I really needed that!


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