I'm curious to see how others are learning, as I am in a fairly new nursing program that is still getting on it's feet. I am feeling disappointed, overwhelmed and frustrated. I am in an LPN -RN program which is accelerated, but still....
Our typical day is like this..we watch a video of whatever procedure we are "learning" for the day, go into lab and perform the procedure, get checked off, etc. Not incredibly thorough, but I am ok with this so far. However, we have a weekly test over a minimum of 8-10 chapters with absolutely no review whatsoever. When we ask our Professor about this she says "there isn't a review for the NCLEX, you just have to know it."
Is this typical?? I find it overwhelming to know what is important to study and often times over-study certain things I feel are important. My classmates ALL feel the same way and we are ready to speak up but I thought I would bounce this off some other students to find out if this is the norm. I sure hope not. Not to mention below 80% is failing, so the stakes are high.
Any input would be much appreciated. I want to stress that I am not trying to blow off studying (that's all I do); I just feel it is a ton of information in ONE week to study for without some type of test review. Give me your thoughts!
May 15, '07
Yep, nursing school in a nutshell. I hated the videos, didn't love fundamentals lab very much and classes seemed to go at breakneck speed. But you do get used to it.
Unlike other classes where you have time to go through the material, review it and be prepared for tests, NS just flies. There is a ton of info to get through. I take it you're in your first semester? That was the hardest for a lot of students because of the sheer volume of material (although I bet I averaged a good 300 pages of reading a week throughout school) and the very newness of the subject.
You'll find something that works. Try not to overstudy--only because the tests are based on applying critical thinking skills, not just knowledge based (although you have to know that too). That can be a bit to wrap your head around at first, too. But students who overstudy can get lower grades because they read too much into the test questions.
There are a lot of good threads on study ideas, if you would find that useful.
May 16, '07
We have lectures, but they don't lecture over everything in the book and we're responsible for knowing it all. And yep, lots of chapters!!!
May 16, '07
Day 1 of nursing school: 11 chapters of Pharm covered in a 4 hour lecture (110 pages) and 5 chapters of pathophys in 3 hours (150 pages). We have patho again on Thursday (100 more to read) and an exam Monday over 8 chapters. No, we don't exactly stop and take time to review.
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