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Thank you! I'm definitely going to go over my AP notes. Do you have any other advice for my first semester? I have no idea what to expect! I spent the last two years worrying about getting into the program and not worrying about how hard the program would actually be D:
It's doable. Know your learning style for sure! I'm kind of a mix of all three so, I like to record my professors, jot down any important points they mention during lecture. Then afterward, listen to my recordings, type them up, and copy them down in a notebook (organizing it, color coding, drawing pictures, etc). Not all professors allow you to record them so ask before you do so.
Although I didn't do this part as often as I should have, SKIM THROUGH THE CHAPTERS PRIOR TO LECTURE that way you have an idea what is going on. Go to lecture, listen, be prepared to ask questions, record, etc, then go back and skim your book again reading more in-depth the sections that weren't so clear to you during lecture but were clearly important.
I personally LOVE watching youtube videos such as RegisteredNurseRN, khan academy, Simple Nursing, etc. However, do not use these as your only resource because their information may differ from what you're taught in lecture.
I also formed a study group and we met up prior to an exam to review together. We used practice questions online/in review books, spoke through why that answer was right over the others (before reading the answer or rationale). We asked each other any questions we had and it's also beneficial to form a study group so you can give each other little mnemonics to help you remember!
Good luck to you all!
PS I know everyone has their own obligations in life, you have jobs to work, you have children to take care of, etc. Just know that in nursing school, you really have to focus. I know way too many people who tried to juggle way more than they can handle and even prioritized work over school work and they wanted to be upset when they didn't make it through a tough program such as nursing. Just be prepared, this will not be easy, but neither is saving someone's life.