Wasting time

  1. Will I be wasting time, if I made flashcards for Medsurg I or should I just read notes, do practice questions and hope for the best. I am just so scared. I am in the accelerated option and I have a lot of classes and I am feeling so overwhelmed. So far we had Perioperative, all the operatives , FLUIDS AND ELECTROLYTES ( the scary stuff) Sensory system, EARS, EYES etc and death and dying.

    When they lecture they make it seem so easy, but it scares me even more.

    Please share your thought with me...
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  3. by   BoonersmomRN
    I hate to sound cliche...but...iIt really all depends on YOU and how YOU study.

    For myself personally I made notecards for the Pharm parts and just did NCLEX guides and powerpoints. Other people in my class made literally hundreds of flashcards! Others made none. And I can tell you that there are people in all 3 of these categories doing quite well.

    Have you done flashcards before? If so, if you felt they worked- stick with a good thing...but if you feel you'd be better off spending that time reading...then read. Whatever you do- when you find a system that works for you STICK WITH IT. Whenever I try to deviate from my norm I find I start screwing up info.

    I know this probably doesn't sound very helpful haha...but it's true.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Sillynicunurse
    Flash cards are only a waste of time if they are not an effective study method for you. I have found that I really do not benefit from flash cards so I do not make them...a friend of mine in the same class makes a flashcard for everything. We both average the same test grades by doing what works for us as individuals.

    Good luck to you.
  5. by   DaFreak71
    I only use flash cards for lab values and meds. I write the name of the lab or the med on one side and the answer on the other. I drill myself several times a day, when I'm going to the bathroom, outside smoking (yeah, whatever), during commercials, etc.

    Using flashcards for patho stuff has never really been useful for me. I tend to try to condense the information too much then I end up missing the bigger picture sometimes. Plus it's hard to fit all that info on one little card. Now maybe if you were using a cardboard box....
  6. by   care4u2010
    I really need some help in studying. I really wanted to do the flash cards, but it take me so long to write everything down. I wish that I had some cds that I could listen to while I at home on fluid and electrolytes, ear, eye, neuro, and elimination. we are going to be tested on these areas next week. I don't know where to begin.
  7. by   care4u2010
    I am in nursing this semester. we are pretty much on the same subjects. Good luck to you. I need help with my studying also.
  8. by   care4u2010
    I like the powerpoint idea of studying. where can i find the information per subject. Is there a website to get this info from?
  9. by   agldragonRN
    if it works for you then it is not a waste of time. do you know what kind of a learner are you?

    check to see what kind of a learner are you here:

    good luck!