Quote from CrunchyMama
Hi and congrats on starting school! I start the nursing program this fall, so I have no advice (yet). But I've taken A&P and all that already. Some swear by anatomy flashcards or coloring books. I have flashcards and honestly, I hardly used them. What works for me is re-writing everything out again, such as my notes....so the flashcards didn't do it for me. Anyway, good luck to you!
My advice is similar to CrunchyMama's, I do swear by flashcards for anatomy....but only the ones I made. I would look at the material and think of a question (either for a factual answer or a concept answer) and write that on one side and the answer on the other. It takes a long time, but the process of making the cards and having to break it all down into questions and answers was at least as useful as testing myself with the cards after. I also use the Mead cards that have holes in them with two metal rings and plactic covers on them. I would always buy the ones with the clear covers (they also come in red, blue, black, etc) so that I could write the name of the class and which exam it was on the front. Since the cards were on the rings, I could open up the rings and change the order of the cards (or add more if I needed to) and they were easy to carry them with me everywhere!
As far as nursing school. It is time consuming, there's no doubt. How much time you have aside from school though....there are to many variables for me to guess. It depends on how much you need to study, how much time your specific program requires, what your academic goals are, etc... So, I think it's one of those things you just need to feel your way through. I would definately start conservatiely on your time commitments outside of school in the beginning. Then if you feel you have more time, you can alsways add on other things (job, clubs, etc).
Best of luck and contratulations!