I will be graduating from the LPN program in Canada in May. My goal is to work for a couple of years before bridging to the RN program. I am glad I did it this way, as the year I started the program I had been out of school for 15 years., and my kids were 8 months, 12 and 13. I had always wanted to be a nurse, but I foolishly got married right out of high school to an abusive man. Thankfully I have since divorced. Anyway, this course is a lot of work. I never seem to get all my reading done. Paying attention is class makes a huge difference, (surprisingly, there are several students who chat it up in class, and then wonder why they are struggling!?!), as well as taking notes, to keep you focused. At least in my school, at the beginning of every semester, we get tentative dates for all tests, exams, assignments, reflections, presentations etc...It is sort of overwhelming in the beginning, HOWEVER, at least you can plan!! I always keep a small day planner with all due dates, as well as a cue card listing for each class, all due dates for each. If I have unexpected time, then I can very quickly determine what I should spend the 'free time' on. Time management certainly is crucial to try to fit everything in, especially when you have a family to care for as well! So far I have a 92% average which I am very proud of, as there are girls in my class who are still living at home, no responsibilties, but they chose to spend their free time partying, which is reflected in their grades!