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To study just for the current week's material. Or study a week ahead? What do you suggest. School started on monday and so far, I have allowed myself to only focus on the current week's objectives. Is that a good plan?

What do you suggest? or what are you currently doing?

You actually have the time and capacity to study a week's worth of material in advance? God bless ya!

I study what I am learning this week- this week. What I need to know and will learn next week- will come next week.

There is just too much ( last semester) and it comes too fast to stay a week ahead....as it is I have to go back and re-read/learn things from past semesters....getting ahead? LOL that's a dream that will never come to fruition.

Exactly my point. That is why I am just focusing on the present week only. I just wanted to know, if I was not the only one. Because some people indicates that staying ahead is a great thing. I can't understand how it is done effectively tho. :uhoh3:

Sillynicunurse

Specializes in Med/Surg ICU, NICU.

I also have to focus on the week at hand...if I try to read a week ahead I tend to get all of the info confused:uhoh3:.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

you need to be aware that some people are very competitive. they get their jollies by playing these little games with people. they like to present themselves in a better light than everyone else. it is a game of one-upmanship and intimidation for them. they are making others their willing or unwilling victims of intimidation. don't fall for it. these little games are designed to elevate their self-esteem, because they are insecure to begin with, and to deflate yours. just keep plugging along and keep up with assignments and don't worry too much about what these kind of people in your class are doing. you've got enough stress. if you need advice or think you may be behind in your studying, go to an instructor and ask for counsel and advice. they'll be honest with you. don't forget to take advantage of internet resources to clarify the things you are currently learning if you have extra time. many times reading another viewpoint on the same subject helps to cement the concept into the little gray cells. if you want a list of general resources i can e-mail you a page of links. if the time does come that you have the opportunity to read ahead--enjoy.

Daytonite you are the best :)

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

I used to live and work in KC, MO, kiddo. I have no intention of letting you fall through the cracks, if I have anything to say about it! Hang in there. You are getting an education in a great area of the country.

Hi SA,

My suggestion to you would be to take each lecture at a time. Many instructors assign tons of reading each week and don't even cover it in the lecture for that same week. Yes, you should read everything that is assigned to cover your bases, but trying to get ahead and cramming in too much information is a waste of time and energy. Eventually you will learn how to pace yourself according to what your instructor's pace is in class. I hope that helps...

RNStudent123

Thank you for your suggestion.

Hi SA,

My suggestion to you would be to take each lecture at a time. Many instructors assign tons of reading each week and don't even cover it in the lecture for that same week. Yes, you should read everything that is assigned to cover your bases, but trying to get ahead and cramming in too much information is a waste of time and energy. Eventually you will learn how to pace yourself according to what your instructor's pace is in class. I hope that helps...

RNStudent123

bekindtokittens

Specializes in Psych..

Great advice from Daytonite and RNStudent 123. And KC, MO was my home for eight years, I miss it sometimes...everything but the humidity!

I hate that feeling of competitiveness and one-upmanship. I just make sure to have all the reading done before that particular lecture. That way all the material is fresh in my mind and I can easily find anything I didn't understand, or was specifically stressed, from lecture in the textbook, because it is what I've most recently studied. I'd confuse myself if I was reading a week ahead of lecture topics.

MikeyJ, RN

Specializes in Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis.

I tried studying ahead when I first started, but that never worked out... so 2 weeks into the semester I scrapped that idea. There are many uber competitive students (as Daytonite stated) who will always be on top of their studies and have studied one, two, or even three weeks in advance.

There is one area that I try to do a few weeks in advance, and that is writing papers. I hate waiting until a few days before a paper is due to write is, thus I am always on top of my papers. Whenever I find spare time, I will start writing a paper that is due (even if it is due in a month). I would rather have that paper off of my back now instead of waiting until the last moment.

Don't worry about staying ahead of your studies -- very very few students are able to do that. Just keep current with your classes and you will do great! Good luck! :)

I agree with the paper writing part :) great idea!

I tried studying ahead when I first started, but that never worked out... so 2 weeks into the semester I scrapped that idea. There are many uber competitive students (as Daytonite stated) who will always be on top of their studies and have studied one, two, or even three weeks in advance.

There is one area that I try to do a few weeks in advance, and that is writing papers. I hate waiting until a few days before a paper is due to write is, thus I am always on top of my papers. Whenever I find spare time, I will start writing a paper that is due (even if it is due in a month). I would rather have that paper off of my back now instead of waiting until the last moment.

Don't worry about staying ahead of your studies -- very very few students are able to do that. Just keep current with your classes and you will do great! Good luck! :)

take that paper writing idea! it has saved my rear on many occasions.

as for the reading... i tried to read ahead of time. i quickly learned that i wouldn't retain the information reading a week in advance. now, i skim through the reading before the lecture and read the whole thing in depth after the lecture. for me, the material makes so much more sense if i do that.

Doing papers in advance is a great idea, although I couldn't make myself do it last semester. I was able to break it up though - force yourself to at least go to the library and do research a few weeks before they're due, then the next week alternate reading an article with reading a chapter for class, and by the time the paper gets closer to being due you've at least got a good idea of what to write. As far as reading in advance...if this is your first week, and you actually have time, read some of next week's material. You probably won't be able to keep it up, but it might make next week a little easier. Once you start having exams every week you won't have time anymore, but no harm in doing a little extra if and only if you have the time.