Nursing 1 Study Guide
It's your first day of class. Your excited, scared, and eager. All the hard work in your pre-requisites has finally payed off, and you are officially a nursing student. Your professor walks in, greets the classroom, and dives right into the syllabus. One look at the syllabus, and the anxiety starts to kick in. It is several pages long. " Geez, this might be the biggest syllabus I've ever had!" You turn the page and there is the reading list- you think to yourself, " you have got to be kidding me...there is just no way one person can study this much material! "
Get used to this feeling. Not only will it start in your very first nursing fundamentals course, but it will continue all the way up until graduation. Nursing school is no joke - it is very overwhelming. It may seem impossible, but with the right study habits and time management skills, you can and will succeed.
The following are the most valuable pearls of wisdom I can give you in terms of studying and achieving good grades in your courses.
What to Study
Only study what is covered in class-this will cut down your workload significantly and make your time spent studying that much more meaningful.
You must be thinking to yourself "you mean I don't have to read all 1 million chapters assigned by the professor for week 1?!" THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I'M SAYING!
Although you "should" read everything, it's just not feasible. There are not enough hours in the week to do all that reading and simultaneously prep for clinical, eat, sleep, and maintain your health and sanity. Take it from me. During my first fundamentals course, I read and studied every single page, box, etc assigned in the syllabus. I was too scared to skip anything. I was so anxious that I even started studying 3 weeks before the class actually started, which accumulated into over 5 weeks of studying by the time the first exam was even given.
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