Is 50+ pages of reading a week "normal?"

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Specializes in Case Manager.

My nursing program is just starting to pick up and this week, I have to literally read almost a 100 pages between my textbooks.

How do people do this AND work? Are your nursing programs heavily based on reading too? I haven't had my first test yet, so until then I basically have to read all the material until I can see how the tests are and adjust my study strategy according to that.

I have no idea what the hell a weekend is anymore.

100 pages pphhhffffttt....tomorrow I have to read 7 chapters + 23 extra pages and have an exam in the same class.....needless to say one of these isn't getting done

My other class on wednesday I have 3 chapters to read and have a 7 chapter test.

Live in the moment and try to stay ahead or be on that day...its nearly impossible, but try

50 would be a breeze...

So yes, the answer to your question is yes, it is normal to have hundreds of pages of reading.

And it is normal for many people not to get it done.

I heard it's almost impossible to work while in nursing school, that it's not possible to keep your grades up and work at the same time. Is this true then? I feel badly for students who HAVE to work. Ouch. Good luck!

50 pages a week sounds like A&P reading. The thing that I found was that I had to read each chapter at least 2-3 times to understand and remember it. I would highlight portions that were in my handouts or powerpoints.

While I was in nursing school we would have so much reading assigned it was nearly impossible to get it done unless you spent hours a day reading, which was pretty hard when your trying to prep for clinical. I always just read over the diseases I knew we would be tested over, instead of reading the whole chapter. Then spend the rest of the time going over class notes and doing NCLEX questions. Also, you might want to see if your textbook is available in audio. I used to listen to a lot of nursing lectures while driving in my car.

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

"Full time school" is supposed to require roughly the same number of hours as a "full time job." You're not supposed to be able to do both (without sacrificing all else).

50-100 pages per week is not a heavy reading load. It's rather light for a full time student at most colleges.

The OP may need to consider whether she is prepared for the combined workload of work and school and consider possibilities for going part time for at least one of them, if not both. That's what students have had to do for centuries. Historically, it was rarely possible for people to be full time at both -- unless they made enormous sacrifices in the personal lives.

lol i wish it was 50 pages

im in nursing 3 and its at least 500+ a week!!

but then youll learn how to skim effectively because the books my program use have so much fillers

Specializes in Case Manager.

Well, I guess I'll have to see how I do on my first exam and adjust my reading accordingly...

I don't know if the test will be from the reading or the lecture... even though the instructors said the questions will come from the reading.

Specializes in GI.

I wish all I had was 50 pages to read. Last week we had 10 chapters assigned. And yes, I read all of them.

Specializes in Infusion.

50 pages sounds a little "light" to me : ) Yes, and 50 pages in a textbook is a lot more than 50 pages in a novel. And, if you don't comprehend what you're reading the first time around, you get to read it again.

I was required to take a class that helped with catching the important information in a text. Unfortunately, I took the class after finishing my reading-heavy A&P classes. Oh well. If you don't have tons of uninterrupted, un-distracted time, try using some active reading tips. Write down anything that is highlighted in your book. Look for words and definitions. Check the end of the chapter for questions, try to answer them and then go back through the reading to see if you can find the correct answer. If you are lucky enough to have a study guide, use that before you even crack open the text.

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