question about retaining infomation from pre-reqs.....

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So i took my A&P and chem classes etc and i should start my core nursing classes in spring. i feel myself not really remembering what i learned in classes. is this a bad thing? has this happen to anyone else?

the question is for current nursing school students... did you retain alot of the infomation you learned from AP Chem etc from the pre reqs?

thanks for any info

windmill182

224 Posts

I feel the same way, but you would be surprised at what you recall by just skimming through your old books. I did this a week ago for a half hour and had more than one light bulb moment. I plan on doing this 2 weeks before my program starts (At least for AP and my Nursing math class.)

mamayogibear

222 Posts

Specializes in None yet.

I completed all my prereqs almost two years ago! I had to take time off for my family but am finally starting nursing school this fall! I feel like I have forgotten a lot of the important things from A&P, micro and biochem but am not going to stress it. I have the information and when I encounter it again it will probably 'click'. I really wish I had saved all of my notes from school since I made a bunch of great study guides and note cards!

szeles23

153 Posts

I took my pre-reqs back in 2009 and 2010 so it has been more than a year. I don't remember everything but I do remember many of the anatomical names and locations, especially bones and organ parts lol. It will all come back to you. If you want get some netters or barrons flashcards and review or get some apps on the android or apple market, I got a few free ones and they do help!

I'm not too terribly worried about remembering everything from A&P, micro, and chem since patho is one of our classes this semester. I think it will all be ok. We start monday WOOHOO!!

MEDICJOHN

142 Posts

Specializes in Paramedic 15 years, RN now.

I'm now an RN, just review your a/p and dont worry about the other stuff. Micro, etc...u wont use as much as A/P.

rnwannabe77

75 Posts

I find that a lot of what I have learned previously, I have already forgotten. In my case I took A&P 1&2 and Micro tandem courses in 5 weeks. For this reason I feel as though the classes moved way too fast and I didn't learn as much as I should have.

I have the habit of studying for exams by cramming chapter upon chapter the night before a big exam, which is not a good habit to get into. I end up forgetting everything I read a couple of days later.

I'm entering my second year of a part-time LPN program in Sept and I plan on changing my study habits so I can learn more and retain the pertinent information that I need. I'm gonna read chapters daily (instead of cramming), make note cards (which I actually intend on reviewing), and take good notes in class (so that I can study them at home). I feel that if I do all of the above I will be able to retain the material that I'm gonna need to know for exams and for the NCLEX exam when the time comes.

Good luck in your schooling and keep up on your studies!

tag2007

174 Posts

Try not to worry. You will be surprised as to how much you will remember.

If you want, you could find a review book just to boost your confidence. I have the cliffsnotes anatomy and physiology book and also the anatomy and physiology workbook for dummies. I have found both of these to be nice reviews and have helped solidify certain concepts for me. Both are pretty cheap on amazon and have free two day shipping for students! :-)

MN-Nurse, ASN, RN

1,398 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg - Renal.
So i took my A&P and chem classes etc and i should start my core nursing classes in spring. i feel myself not really remembering what i learned in classes. is this a bad thing? has this happen to anyone else?

the question is for current nursing school students... did you retain alot of the infomation you learned from AP Chem etc from the pre reqs?

thanks for any info

It comes back. What you forgot comes back in fairly short order with some review.

rayne215

106 Posts

I find that a lot of what I have learned previously, I have already forgotten. In my case I took A&P 1&2 and Micro tandem courses in 5 weeks. For this reason I feel as though the classes moved way too fast and I didn't learn as much as I should have.

I have the habit of studying for exams by cramming chapter upon chapter the night before a big exam, which is not a good habit to get into. I end up forgetting everything I read a couple of days later.

I'm entering my second year of a part-time LPN program in Sept and I plan on changing my study habits so I can learn more and retain the pertinent information that I need. I'm gonna read chapters daily (instead of cramming), make note cards (which I actually intend on reviewing), and take good notes in class (so that I can study them at home). I feel that if I do all of the above I will be able to retain the material that I'm gonna need to know for exams and for the NCLEX exam when the time comes.

Good luck in your schooling and keep up on your studies!

This is me!!!! and since we have to take that NCLEX i do agree that this habit would be bad. These are very good suggestions.

hopefully when i start my core classes, ill be part of a study group as well.

Bob_N_VA

306 Posts

Specializes in Cardiac, Rehab. Has 2 years experience.

Like everyone else has stated, you will surprise yourself with what you retain. And lots of the A&P is reviewed in each course, for example when you study the pathology of a specific disease, as part of the "critical thinking" you apply the nursing process and pharmacology for example to how it affects the body system in question.

As an example, you cant understand dialysis without understanding kidney function, which means you have to understand the kidneys function in terms of fluid balance, electrolytes, RBC production, etc. IF they talk about GFR, you have to understand what the glomerulus is, how it is part of the nephron, how they all work together. It really all starts to make sense, much more so than what you get in A&P since you are really starting to put all the pieces together.

foreverLaur

1,319 Posts

In my program, we learned how to do sterile dressing changes, insert a foley, etc in a prerequisite. I didn't start the program for 2 years because of personal reasons and I was expected to remember how to put in a foley my first day of clinical!! Luckily when I told my instructor I hadn't seen a foley in 2 years she walked me through it and it came back super quick and I have been fine since.

Thousands of students before you have done just fine and you will also do just fine! :)