Do you really have to do all the reading? - page 2

I am a good girl. Doing ALL of my reading, taking detailed notes on everything...several people have told me now (and from two different programs, including the one I am in) that the test questions... Read More

  1. by   studentmalenurse
    Hey , how are u doing? After u take the first test u should probably by then know what u need to read or not read, or if the test is mainly from his notes. Also see if u can Tape record the lectures, Tape recording is really great, because sometimes professors say things that they dont write down, and you can listen to the lecture on your way to work , school or wherever.
  2. by   Clarise
    Well, if you had lovely instructor like me, they would tell you that all their test questions come from their lectures and then when 1/2 the exam questions are from the text, they tell you the questions are straight from the book. Drove me crazy! However, this actually ended up helping a few of us students b/c when it came time to argue our point, I would find the pertinent information in the book and use it to prove a point. Won many a point that way.

    Did I do all the reading? Nope. No way. I would have never left my desk if I did. What I did do was form a study group and we divided up our reading and each of us would summarize a chapter and then email our notes to everyone. I also typed out notes from class and emailed the entire class with the lecture notes. I know a lot of people counted on those notes!
  3. by   Bala Shark
    It really depends on the instructors on how they make their exams..Some instructors go by what they lectued in class..Some instructors go by the book and dont go by the lectures for their exams....I prefer a lecture based exam but some instructors do not do that and they get their questions from the book..

    You have to be familiar with the instructors test making style to decide if you read the book or not
  4. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Short answer: No. Definitely not! Long answer: the only person I know who did, got highest grades in our class. Spent her life reading and studying. Barely slept.
  5. by   BoonersmomRN
    Nope- I don't. I skim a lot and just supplement my lecture notes. If I read it all I'd never sleep lol.:wink2:
  6. by   firstyearstudent
    We would always ask the class ahead of us, not the instructors (most of them will say, yes, do all the reading). They would tell us, yes, read the book, or no, just read the instructor's notes.
  7. by   KScott
    You probably don't have to do all the reading, but I'll just add - it's not ALL about the grades. Some things you might actually want to learn (more)about.


    (End of self-righteous rant. :wink2: )
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I did not do the reading and was valedictorian of my class.

    I used the "Incredibly Easy" books.
  9. by   CCStudent916
    Don't chicken out. Just do it.
  10. by   CuriousMe
    I'm still doing pre-reqs....but the way I look at it, I've made a lot of sacrifices to leave my career and go back to school. I'm going to get everything I can out of this education. So, I do all my matter what the test is on.

    I tend to read the chapters before my prof lectures on it....this approach really helped me in Chemistry. This way the lecture isn't my first exposure to the material, and I can ask more useful questions to clarify different points.

    Best of luck!

  11. by   mysterious_one
    Curious Me

    did you have to read 10 chapters before your next class,just asking, i just started this week and that is what our schedule looks like?
    Don't know , how i can get it all done
  12. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from mysterious_one
    Curious Me

    did you have to read 10 chapters before your next class,just asking, i just started this week and that is what our schedule looks like?
    Don't know , how i can get it all done
    Yes actually, more the first week, because I had to do two weeks of reading to get a week ahead.Truthfully, in those first couple weeks I had no free time at all, no TV, nothing, I was at work, at school, doing school work or sometimes sleeping....the sleeping didn't happen all that often

    The other thing I do is go into school early (my classes start at 9AM, so I go into either the library or our Science tutoring center at 7AM), if I tried to stay home and study from 7 till 9 in the morning, I would totally fall asleep (my bed is just to close if I stay home). I also take my books with me everywhere....I read textbooks waiting for everything (including the pharmacy at Costco <smile>). Thankfully, I'm pretty good at blocking out the world while I'm reading.

    Like I said earlier, I've already sacrificed to much to get to school. I will get everything I can out of the experience.....I can't afford not to. I think that's the biggest difference from my last schooling experience (where I barely graduated high school and got a GPA of 1.27 at CC while occasionally working part time) to this time, where I'm taking hard courses, working full time and have a 4.0.

    Best of luck!!

  13. by   WDWpixieRN
    Also, don't forget if there are CDs or websites associated with your books to check those out. It's also a good idea to take the tests at the back of each chapter to see how much you actually know also.

    A second-semester student mentioned that to a few of us and I'll be darned when I checked those out if there weren't several questions that had been on the quizzes we had taken!!

    One of our instructors mentioned her tests were from lecture and the other hasn't really specified. We'll find out this week after our first test <gulp!>....