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I am about to start the BSN program and I am afraid of the courses, how hard it will be. I know Nursing School is always tough but I would really appreciate any tips on how to understand the material or any advice. Thank you :)

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Thank you I am so nervous & excited!!

Do you know how you learn best? If so, find ways to optimize on that. If you don't know yet, try to figure that out. Some people learn best by listening. A good technique for those people is to record their lectures and listen to them over again as necessary. Some people learn best by reading. A good technique for those people is taking notes, then rewriting them or making flashcards with the information. Some people learn best by doing. A good technique for those people is to get as hands on as possible. This can be a bit harder with some content.

When I was in nursing school, I tapes my lectures and kept detailed notes. Sometimes I would rewrite my notes because I would add a lot to my original notes when I listened to my tapes over again. I didn't use flashcards, but there were others in my program that swore by them. When it came to labs, I would get as hands on as I could and spend as much time as I could doing whatever it was we were doing. When it came to learning our clincal skills, I would spend extra time practicing, just to be sure I was getting the hang of it. I wanted the skills to become fluent, without pauses as I tried to remember what to do next. Practice is the best way to make that happen.

Thank you! Very well explained! :)

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, irak10:

For me, my study technique varies per class, and also the subject/unit being covered by the class. What is your learning style(s)? Mine is a combination of visual, auditory, and kinetic. Even though the techniques I use vary, since I'm a combination of all three, I usually strive to incorporate all three in whatever technique I'm applying.

No matter the class I've taken, I've found the advice on https://allnurses.com/pre-nursing-student/how-get-any-846733.html to be extremely valuable mainly from the standpoint of time management. I try to get the syllabus for each class in advance of the class, and then plan out each day of the week in terms of reading assignments, plain study & homework time, start date for project, due date for projects, quiz and exam dates, etc.

For "rough" study time calculations, I do the following considering a 15 to 16 week semester:

* For non science classes, 2 hours of study time per week per credit hour (i.e. 3 credit class = 6 hours study).

* For science classes: (a) treat lab and lecture as two separate three credit classes for time management purposes only (b) 2 to 3 hours (often leaning towards three) per credit hour. For example, AP 1 with lab at 4 credits would be treated as two 3 credit classes putting aside 6 to 9 hours for lecture per week and 6 to 9 hours per lab per week. The main change to this is when I took AP2 and Microbiology at the same time, I increased the study time to 4 hours per credit vs. 3.

When dealing with any compressed schedule (i.e. 6 to 8 week semester), I doubled the ending time calculation. Also, some class descriptions (at least at our college) will have the professor telling you to treat xyz course as an x credit class even though the actual credits received are less. When they do so, it is typically a hint that you will need to put more time into studying.

In the application of time management, I always tried to incorporate breaks; and any large block of time (i.e. here is a 4 hour block) would be broken down into smaller pieces such as review chapter (5 minutes), read chapter (20 minutes), take a break to do something physical (5 minutes), then repeat.

]Here are some links that may be useful in terms of improving overall study skills, taking notes, reading text books, etc.

]SQ4R Study Method

Note Taking Systems - Academic Skills Center: Study Skills Library - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

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Thank you.