Can someone please share you tips with me!?! So I failed Patho by having a massive meltdown the night before the final.. Had a great cushion and everything going into final but my husband is bipolar and he chose the night before finals to go completely manic and insane. It caused me a great deal of stress and I was distraught and failed but less than a full point. Now I am retaking it next session (thank god I have that option) but I must pass it this time around or I am excused from the program.
So to be honest and blunt I struggle with proper organization. As funny as it sounds I have a tad bit of OCD and need a clean smooth way to organize notes. I have recently been diagnosed with PTSD from being with my bipolar spouse of 10 years and it's increased my anxiety so bad it's not controllable (therapist says because I've spent so many years in a completely uncontrollable situation) In Pathophysiology, organization is key - everything has a process and a list of symptoms.
When I rewrite my Patho notes it helps me to absorb the material and I record the lecture and listen to them over and over while looking at my notes.. but here is my issue:
- If I rewrite my notes I have to do so in colors I am very visual so new topics get a heading color etc. But if I mess up and have to cross out a word or scratch it out my OCD flips out and I must scrap the whole page to avoid severe anxiety
- If I type my notes I don't know if I should do it in outline format.. or a table..?? And when I've tried both I spend more time typing all my notes into my laptop then what I have left over to study.
- If I draw a process I don't know if I should do arrows.. for instance: R. Atria -> R. Ventricle.. or if I should draw a picture with the flow??
- If I highlight in my book I go back and just see all yellow and can't concentrate on just studying, again OCD.
----- So the question.. do you know any sites that off concise ways of organizing difficult nursing notes? I say nursing specifically because nursing school in NOT like any other school I've been to.. its more than a name and a definition there are whole processes to disease and I need to be able to clearly have those notes available to me for studying ----
I have looked at pinterest but it's not specific to nursing really.. any blogs your aware of or can you share what you do for a visual learner?? Thanks so much!!
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