A typical week in nursing school... LOL. Okay, I'll do my best.
This is for first semester. I'll go class by class.
N206-Fundamentals: LOVE this class. It's by far my favorite. Studying for exams is quite easy because she has wonderful notes, and gives you outcomes for each section so you can go through those. (I'm not saying the exams are easy!) Clinicals are so much fun... the day before your clinical day, you go to the hospital to pick out a patient (this is only for total patient care days) and then it's' quite a bit of paperwork to get that ready for the next morning. Add in two care plans (which took me at least a fully day to do), and there is a lot of work for this class.
N202-Client Assessment: I also really enjoyed this class. The labs are long, but since there is so much to do, it goes by quickly. There is usually a lot of laughter. The exams are to the point, and the professor's notes are also well-organized and easy to follow.
N200-Informatics: There are only a few assignments during the semester, but be sure to bust your buns on those. She grades hard, very hard.
N208-Pathophysiology: Well, this class wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. The material is interesting but the way it's taught is extremely difficult to follow. Our class ended up having a "discussion" with the professor before class one day because we were having a TOUGH time with her quizzes, and everything else. USE THE MED-SURG book to supplement the info from the patho book - it's in plain English as opposed to the patho textbook which makes you feel stupid, and that you need a Ph.D. to know what the hell they're talking about. LOL
All in all, I probably take one day off a week to just relax and do absolutely nothing. I haven't gone to the gym because I've been exhausted. Currently my brain feels like it's leaking out my ears from so much information. I usually spend a few hours a day (3-6) on homework or reading or various assignments or paperwork.
It's hard, but it's absolutely worth it. Every second is worth it, even the bad ones. You know you worked your butt off to get in, and it's a joyous ride for the most part.
p.s. I forgot to add this part: Form study groups. Even if they're small, they are incredibly helpful. I am not typically a study group person, but it's enjoyable getting together with a few friends and discussing the material, and then getting sidetracked with other things. :)