As someone who graduated two years ago, this is my two cents. Find a few people who you can form a study group with, you know, people who actually want to study and that you have things in common with. I could have never made it through without a gal who I met the first day of class and we pretty much immediately bonded. Now, we both could have studied more, but as nursing was our 2nd degree we probably didn't put as much effort in as we could have but we still both graduated with honors (I can't say the same for my first bachelor's degree). Just depending on your study habits, how you learn information, put a lot of effort into it and remember that nursing is not memorization, you need to understand the whole concept and really be able to think about why that is right, more right, or the most right answer. If your program uses ATI, it will be a huge help in getting you ready for NCLEX. Hopefully your tests will be structured like the NCLEX (which mine were). Don't be afraid to talk to your instructors, go in for office hours if you need help. Be proactive in clinicals, don't be that student that sits on their but waiting to be told what to do, trust me it will go a long way to impress your clinical instructor and the nurses you will be working with. Good luck in school! It will be one of the hardest and best times of your life.