How often do you study and how long?

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I am just curious to see how my fellow nursing students across the country study. My class is a bit competitive and....well, I don't really care to discuss how long I study with them. I have some people in my class who admit to never studying and they get the C's and don't seem to care. Then there are the students who claim to never study and get A's (which honestly I doubt. Surely, looking at notes for a few minutes can be considered studying)

Anyways, stats on myself and my studying abilities: I study for at least five days a week. On the days that I have absolutely nothing I need to study, I study my NCLEX. For example, I have nothing to study today, so I read a few chapters on maternity and answered questions. I have an OB rotation this week, so I wanted to refresh my memory on basic stuff. When I am studying material for class, I probably study 4 hours at least a night.


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BTW, I fall right in the middle of my class. I have an overall 84% in theory. Maybe, I am not studying enough? Or too much?

Oh well


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I think study habits are set by what we each feel we need to do. For example- we had several students who just struggled with every little thing. For them- they would do the group thing, for hours and hours each day. For some, they only had to spend a little bit of time reviewing, and did great. Boy- what I would have given for a photographic memory! I found my best way was to study daily, early in the morning (at 3 or 4 am-before my house "woke" up). Five days a week- and atleast a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, depending on what was going on in school at that time. I did pretty good-but I did what worked for me. If I felt my grades were slipping, or I needed to, I studied more (and usually slept less...) I think a better measure of your studying is how well your understanding what your learning. When you get out there- grades don't matter, it's all about what you know, and can remember.

Good luck.


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I put in 2-3hrs per day Tues-Weds-Thurs at my desk. In those three days I probably squeeze in another 1-2 hrs at school studying. I am fortunate that my job has quite a bit of down time. In 42hrs I'm in the building from Friday night to Monday morning, I can usually fit in 15-20 hours in the books, occasionally as much as 25 or so. I'm an "A" student thus far.


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I study every spare moment I have. Part of it being due to way too many responsibilities. So far I'm an "A" student. I wish I knew what it was like to "not have anything to study today." :chuckle:


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I review chapters before tests, skimming the important things that stick out in my mind, notes that I make in my book when the instructor says, "know this".

Writing in my books has been the biggest help to me this semester, that way you can associate the note with the correct area of the chapter. I also use sticky notes to write on and insert on the appropriate page. ;)


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Most of my study time is a little weird. For A&P I and Micro, I study for 2-3 hours just before a lecture/lab exam. The rest of the time, I am careful NEVER to miss a lecture, and to make the most of my lab time. Usually, since I pay very close attention to lecture, I do well.

In Algebra, I have to put in an hour or two every day working problems and such. Then I review all formulas and units just before a test. Time consuming, but I only go to class about half the time.

As for my Web Development class, I work in five-hour increments, which is usually two units at a time, every two weeks. Assignments and exams are open and administered on the internet, so I can work at my own pace. That professor isn't a huge stickler for attendance, so I usually don't go.

(As a sidenote, of the two classes I attend less than perfectly, I did make sure to familiarize myself with the professors' policies on that sort of thing. You can usually tell - or, at the least, ask - whether subperfect attendance will bother/offend them. In those cases, they really don't care if anyone comes or not. I wouldn't slack on going unless I knew that for certain. :) It's just rude, I think.)

Donna :)

in my pre-req classes (A&P, micro, etc) i didn't have to study that much at all. look over my notes at the end of lecture and study a couple of hours the night before an exam.

nursing classes are a little diffferent for me. i study them every night about 1-2 hours. then i do whatever "paperwork" i have to do that day (and there's always paperwork to be done :rolleyes: ). then the night before an exam, i go over it all for several hours and i'm ready for the test.

PennyLane, RN

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Taking A&P now. I really don't have time to study during the week. I review my class notes over the weekend, and study for 2-3 hours for a few nights before an exam. So far it's worked well for me.


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Specializes in LTC, ER, ICU,.

"nursing classes are a little diffferent for me."

i agree. i am finding myself studying more and using a different approach as the weeks progress.


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originally posted by lpn,future, rn

"nursing classes are a little diffferent for me."

i agree. i am finding myself studying more and using a different approach as the weeks progress.

me too!:p

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