Second Semester; can't keep grades up

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I'm in second semester now. In Ontario (Canada), you need a 60% in each course to move on, which shouldn't be a problem. Between all classes this semester, I'm currently sitting at about a 60-70% average, which isn't too hot. I can't keep up. Between work (20+ hours a week, cutting back isn't an option), assignments, tests, and everything in-between, I simply have no time. I see my friends once a week at the most.

Generally, I've never had issues with school. I took pre-health a year ago, and had a 90% average both semesters. First semester of nursing I was on Dean's list. I understand grades don't affect employment, but I was hoping to bridge to RN and this may affect that. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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It is possible but you are going to have to make some serious sacrifices. I am currently in nursing school, I have a part time job, I am married, and have a family. I am doing it so can you :) First thing to go is friends. I see my friends like once per year. Your true friends will understand that you are doing something that you love and they will stick with you. If they don't well you did not need them. Family is the same, you only get together at major events. You need to learn to get by with a lot less sleep. That is the big secret to getting more done. Students always complain, I wish I had more hours in the day. Well make some! You will find that you can get by on 4-6 hours of sleep. It will take some trial and error to find the right mix. Cram study time in where ever you can get it. Bring your notes to work study on your break, study while waiting for the bus, or while waiting at Tim Hortons for that much needed coffee. It is all about getting that RN once you have that then you will have time for Family, friends, vacations, etc.... Good Luck

Specializes in Hospitalist Medicine.

I find that scheduling my day works best. That way, I can still make room for family/friends. If you break up your study time into smaller chunks, it also helps you absorb the material better.


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Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

You see your friends once a week? WOW. I see mine maybe once a semester, unless you count runs with classmates after work sessions social time (which I do these days). I think that's the first thing you need to get real with yourself about- social time doesn't always fit in.

Sounds like you need to learn to manage your time better. Do you plan out your day at all? It might be a good idea to get a day planner, and schedule each day a week at a time. Look at how you're really spending your time- you may find you have more than you thought.

I agree with getting a day planner, and use it! Practice those prioritization skills and identify the work that needs to be done first. You might need to cut back on the time you spend going out, if you aren't able to get sorted with the planner. I don't recommend cutting sleep. Studies have shown those with poor sleep do poorly on tests and are prone to committing more med errors...and it can be bad for your health!

Also, you might want to see a tutor. The amount of time spent studying doesn't necessarily correlate to good grades...efficiency is important as well!

Good luck!

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