Help me!

  1. I have posted here a few times, but I'm so busy with school I have no time for anything. I know everyone here understands that. I'm a 2nd semester Nursing student and I'm currently taking Med surg and Psych. I have a Med Surg test on Tuesday. It covers Immune/Aids, Pneumonia, COPD, Asthma, Hypersensitivity, OA, RA, SLE..I'm going crazy here. I spend more time with my nursing books then I do eating! Does anyone have any tips for studying for a test with so much material or does anyone have any supplements for these subjects?? I can only study so much more.. Thanks everyone for listening to my rant! :angryfire
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    Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 13


  3. by   RN BSN 2009
    Focus on the larger principles. Did the professor give you a study guide of some sorts? Power points? Good luck!
  4. by   ARB84
    :uhoh21: We NEVER get a study guide for Med Surg. She does issue powerpoints, but she tends to pull details out of the book. I passed the last test..I hope I can pass this one too!
  5. by   Psqrd
    I am a second semester student as well and I must agree that I hate the tests that seem to be a hodge podge of information...I try to focus on the key terms of each section. I then move on to the major concepts of each section. I then hope that I will recognize the key parts of the questions on the test and put it together from there. It has worked for me so far (knocking on wood), the other thing that our instructors tell us is how many questions on the test from each section and I study according to that split. If for example diabetes has 20 out of 50 questions then I spend about half my time studying that area...if you don't know it well 20 questions wrong can lay a serious spank on you.
    I hope this helps...good luck!
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    Just do the best you can to absorb and understand as much of the material as you can...focus on one area at a time, read, re-read if you need to, try some practice material in the book, CD, or online, and then move on....I honestly don't know one "best way" to do it....the alternative is to do nothing in an attempt to "organize" yourself and then you'll really be behind the 8-ball...just dig in and attack as much of it as you can....and good luck!! You certainly have a lot of sympathy and empathy on these boards!!
  7. by   BeccaznRN
    Use NCLEX review books as well! If you haven't invested in one yet, there are plenty out there that will give you a wealth of information on med/surg topics. These books usually are split up according to topics (along with comprehensive tests) and will give you a review of the topic along with practice questions. I highly recommend the Saunders and Lippincott review books.

    Furthermore, if you passed your last test then you are already using a very effective study plan! Keep it up!