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  1. By the way, things like a week full of junk food do not really turn out to be great rewards! (not for me, anyway. I always feel like s--- when I eat nothing but junk food). But back on topic, I think a general feeling of peace (and orderliness) in the house contributes more to good study than having no entertainment. That said, we're getting rid of our internet tomorrow! We got it at the beginning of the school year and didn't have it last year, but we've decided it just sucks up too much time. We have enough to keep us from seeing each other in our family without having to stare at screens all of our free time I'm pretty excited about getting my life back. If you want all As, you need to stay on top of things and figure out what you need to do to get As. There's a lot more involved than just getting rid of distractions. Get a game plan. Figure out where the points out. Figure out how much you could slack off and still get As (IE, is there attendance? Could you ever miss a class or will it screw with your grade? Are quizzes weighted as heavily as exams? Etc.) Then you won't kill yourself getting there. Know what's expected of you and don't memorize the book if your teacher gives you an outline that you need to know. PS. People are all different! I think that desk linked to looks awful for me. I'd be distracted and so bored. I wouldn't feel comfortable. But that's JUST me :)
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    No waiting lists?

    I just got into George Fox in Newberg. To date (it's been a few weeks) I have not heard of but two classmates who didn't make it into the program. I think there were probably half a dozen who didn't make it in (and there are 40 spaces, as far as I'm aware). I know lots of people got Bs and some got Cs in their prereqs. It seems to me like nearly everyone who tried made it in! I think they generally take 10 transfer students, but I don't know if that's how it was this year. I love Oregon and want to live in Eugene but I don't know if I'll settle here permanently. I'd be glad to go just about anywhere on the east coast (where I grew up) for a job. Here in Newberg, we're close to Portland, which is probably overrun with graduates from programs up here, and in Eugene, the other big city (which I love!) has a community college nursing program which is hard to get into, and turns out around 80 graduates a year. So probably not a great place to new graduates to find work, but it seems like a fine place to study. Last I checked, btw, the community college had a higher NCLEX pass rate over the years they've been a program than GFU's average! It does seem harder academically to get into, though so maybe they're more selective.
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    Getting very discouraged 2nd month into nursing school. help!

    As a student who started out with a 4.0 through the first year of prereqs, got in, and is now facing a few Bs in the remaining pre-courses, I've got to admit it's really relaxing. I've got a 4.5 month old who I've been spending time with and I wouldn't trade it for the world. When I come home in the evening and could either spend time studying to get an A, or not study and spend time with my family and get a B, I love it! I really love it! I don't love the Bs, but it's SO much less work to get a letter grade less. I could probably double my efforts to get As. If I was still childless, I probably would spend my time getting As because I wouldn't have as much of a life, and I couldn't bring myself to excuse Bs. Yeah, I think it's hard to get used to the fact that I'm not getting As in everything, but it's not really a problem. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the very few students here who had a 4.0 in prereqs, and do I think that my fellow classmates are failing because they've gotten Bs, and God forbid, a few Cs? No, they're people too and some of them are probably going to be better nurses than I am. I know things will change once I start the program and I'll have to study more to be able to understand what I need to, but in the meantime, why should I work so hard to get a different letter?
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    When to start studying for TEAS?

    Get the book. The questions are similar. Don't worry and get stuck on any ONE type of problem, just keep studying and focus on areas you need work on. Take the practice tests and find out what needs work.
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    I am so frustrated with Anatomy & Physiology :(

    I did fairly well in A&P. The first test I got 105% on, and I only got under 100% on two tests during the semester. And I was pregnant. The instructor has a reputation of being a hard teacher, too, at a private school (I don't know if that means anything, but the school has a good rep so it wasn't just an easy class). Here's what I did: I studied with someone who didn't get the lecture at ALL. I mean, I seriously think he had a learning disability because he couldn't understand diagrams or anything. After each lecture we'd set up a study time, and I would explain the whole lecture to him again, in detail, going over some ideas over and over again, pulling out of the back recesses of my head whatever kinds of analogies I could think of. Once I started doing this, I did very little study besides this and I did very well on tests. I copied all of my notes after each lecture (as soon as possible) neatly, and made sure I learned what I didn't understand. I asked a lot of questions in class. I made flashcards of most of the terms we were learning. I condensed the information sometimes, just to give myself a reminder of what I already knew. (IE, abbreviations, trigger terms for lists). I would go over them on the way to school (I walk). I listened to lectures, sometimes a few times in a row. The night before my first test I put them on and went to sleep to them. I still remember how I learned the word hydrolysis because my teacher made a joke about her "pop beads" coming apart...hehe, I can still hear her voice saying the joke because I listened to that lecture so many times. I crammed for practicum in lab. They were not cumulative, so I saw no problem with going into lab for a few sessions before the practicum and brushing up on everything. The second semester I didn't do as well on tests but I still got an A (I was also more pregnant!). I wasn't able to study with the student that had such difficulty because he dropped the class, but I still listened to lectures, etc. It was harder without someone to teach it to. I studied once a week at a study group put together by the prof. You could do the same by just inviting people to get together, and ask whoever in the class who is doing best to come and teach you (and learn in the meantime). It sounds like you have an awful instructor, but you can get through it! It's hard even with a good teacher, so I wish you the best of luck.

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