I took classes for 3 years at a local community college working towards their nursing program
. I had all you typical prereq pre-nursing courses (a&p 1 and 2, microbio ect...) I had to keep retaking the courses because I could not get above a mid C average. Once I got to the final- I bombed and it killed my cumulative gpa.
I took a year off and I recently started over and applied to a university as undecided because I knew I wouldn't get into the nursing program with my hs record and what happened at the community college.
I am currently an A+ student in all of my pre-nursing classes. It's happening because I have 100% motivation to be a nurse and to succeed. I never did test well- when I took that year off I had a talk with myself and I told myself if I want this bad enough- I'm just going to have to learn to test well! And that is what I did! I study my butt off and I do different studying methods all the time.
Here are some that I find most helpful for me:
1. Be as organized as you possibly can be. The more organized you are- the easier it will be for you to find information to study for midterms and finals!
2. Stay ahead of your class. Read the chapter BEFORE the lecture on that chapter- take notes. If you are provided with outlines before the chapters- great! Utilize them and elaborate on them before your professor lectures it. That way, when he/she is lecturing you can sit back and retain what he/she is saying and jot down anything necessary that you missed in your notes.
3. Flash cards are great- but don't spend all of your time making them. I used to find myself making SO many flash cards and then never even having the time to study them. Make some for very important things that you must memorize! Ex: the pathogenic prokaryote bacteria. Or cranial nerves.
4. Draw diagrams and pictures to help you understand things. Ex: Get a white board to practice balancing chemical equations!
5. Make outlines for each chapter of important information you need to know for your test. Save it for the final! (I love doing this!)
Most importantly: Don't slack off- you're gonna be tired when you get home from a long day and that phone call from your friend to go to the bar is going to be very tempting- DONT DO IT. If they don't understand, they were never a true friend to begin with. Eat healthy- your brain functions when you have the proper nutrition going into your body. When you eat like crap, you perform like crap- in every area of your life! Make time to do stuff you love doing at least once a week- you need to stay sane and relax!