I just finished my first year of school. I studied all of the time. Any time I had I would study. Said goodbye to family and friends to get through it. It was not so much the 200 plus pages of reading that were due for each class it is the clinical paperwork that one had to do that was time consuming. Not only did you have to look up a list of 20-30 medications per patient plus the patient teaching about the drugs, their adverse effects and normal doses of above drugs there was also care plans
and other papers pertaining to clinical.
Then you had 16 hours you spent in clinical each week. It would take me on average 6 hrs to do just the preclinical paperwork each night before clinical not including the amount of time driving to the clinical site to gather information on your patient for the next days clinical.
Monday nights, Tuesdays and Wednesdays were devoted to doing clinical paperwork. Sometimes Thursdays too. At least one to 2 weekends per clinical rotation would be devoted to doing the "extra stuff for clinicals", such as, presentations, teaching plans and the dreaded functional health patterns. Then you had to find time to read the 100's of pages assigned.
There was always cramming before the test because there was never enough "spare time" to actually study the material along the way. I don't think I ever was able to read all of the chapters assigned.
Then you throw in working hours and kids and it gets really crazy.
Best of luck to you
It is doable, but stressful.