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How do you guys that commute managed to do that, as well as study for tests/ read.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Back in 2004 and 2005 I commuted to an LVN program located 95 miles from my home one-way. School was typically Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Since I did not work and basically lived off unemployment checks during this time period, I studied on evenings and weekends.

I commuted to an LPN-to-ASN transition program located 225 miles away from my home in 2009 and 2010. I worked weekend double shifts as an LVN every Saturday and Sunday, and studied on evenings from Monday through Friday.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

I commuted all my 12 years of schooling...from "pre-nursing", PN and my BSN programs.

I made flash cards and notes on concepts in the nursing process format; listened to lectures on tape (dating myself on the cusp of the late 90s-early 2000s where I still had a Walkman/used a tape recorder to listen to lectures; when I went back to school for my BSN program, I had (and still have) an iPhone and recorded my lectures, listened to them, still had noted in the nursing process format and used apps on my home to study.

Record lectures, listen to them as you drive. Also stayed at school during my breaks (sometimes couple hour gaps between classes) and studied during those.

Wow you guys are amazing. So, it is possible and it can be done.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

In our nursing program we are not allowed to tape (digital or otherwise) record lectures. So typically on the commute to class, I would first start off with prayers (not specifically about school), and then get into going over out loud or in my head how the day will go, what we learned the previous class, what I need to know for the current class. I would make it a point to get to school 60 to 90 minutes before my first class to re-read some key areas, and go over my notes. On the commute home, thank God for a good day, and then listen to music to de-stress.

In our nursing program we are not allowed to tape (digital or otherwise) record lectures. So typically on the commute to class, I would first start off with prayers (not specifically about school), and then get into going over out loud or in my head how the day will go, what we learned the previous class, what I need to know for the current class. I would make it a point to get to school 60 to 90 minutes before my first class to re-read some key areas, and go over my notes. On the commute home, thank God for a good day, and then listen to music to de-stress.

That is also a good idea. Very uplifting !