Hi RN 2 B. I am a 3rd semester RN student and as of this moment I have a 4.0. I don't know that i really have a study formula but here goes anyway.
I go to class ...EVERY CLASS (unless contageous or nauseated or vomitting). I don't take a tremendous amount of notes. My energy is spent on listening to the instructor. Most instructors are great and can explain everything very well and if you just listen you will get so much more out of it then if you are frantically trying to write every word they say. If you're busy writing you may miss important stuff. Also, if you hear the instructor mention somethng more than once, IT'S IMPORTANT. I know this sounds common sense but some people don't seem to take notice that something is being mentioned multiple times. If I don't understand something when I get home I get out he books and specifically figure that one thing out. If that doesn't work I call whoever I know and try and get their perspective on it.
I also read everything that the instructor lists. Here's the thing though...I don't read and try to remember everything word for word. I read a section and talk myself through it until I understand it...not just memorize. A question on a test may not say "Suzie has asthma, blah, blah, blah, what is the first nursing priority" but rather "Suzie is having X, Y, and Z, symptoms, what is the first nursing priority." Not a great example off the top of my head but point being you will have to put info together to make sense of it.
Another thing is that I normally don't do study groups. I know that study groups help tons of people but for me personally, they are distracting. Too much time is spent on things I may understand and my time is better used moving on to what I don't understand. Like I said though, some things work for some and not for others.
I spend a lot of time studying...but not all the time. I still do manage to do thiings with friends and family (fun things). If I am studying and I find that I am bored w/ it and not getting anything out of the study session, I leave it alone for a while and come back to it when I'm more prepared to focus. It doesn't help to study (or work on care plans
) if your mind isn't focused, ya know? It's better for me to get some other things done or spend time w/ friends than just sit there getting frustrated.
Oh, and one last thing...a positive attitude goes a long way. Don't let the phrase "I can't do this" get you down.
Whoa, sorry so long. Just what I do and so far so good. Best of luck. If you ever have an more specific questions feel free to PM me.