First Semester: Ending Part One and Starting Part Two

Welcome back! So I survived the first part of my first semester in nursing school, and I couldn’t be more happy about it. I passed my clinical portion with an A and I passed my theory portion with a high B. I busted my a** getting high grades on my exams after that first fail. But, I did it, and that is what matters, right? It gives me that much more motivation to push myself even harder for this next part of the semester. I’m going to update you all on how things have changed since I first began this program…

Studying

Remember how I told you guys that I would make outlines when I studied? Well, I threw that study technique in the trash, because no one has time for that while studying for a nursing exam.

SO, the main technique that I use while I study is listening to my lectures again and taking extra notes on printed out Power points. I find this really helps and helps me focus on what my professor wants us to focus on for the test instead of just focusing on the reading. Sure, the reading helps to reinforce what was taught in class, but I have done fine with focusing on the Power points for the majority of my study time.

I also do practice questions wherever possible. From the book, online, in my lectures, you name it!

Organization

I have come to a conclusion that keeping everything in one place is less stressful. I initially had a binder for theory and a binder for clinical. Now, to just reduce my stress level, I am keeping it all in one 1″ binder. I like to set up my binder as follows:

  • Information for part 2 of theory and clinical
  • Clear pockets with important handouts that I use for reference
  • First tab: Assignment references
  • Second tab: Clinical references
  • Third tab: Case studies
  • Fourth tab: Other
  • Folder for graded case studies or handouts worked on in class

I keep my clinical schedule in the front of my binder

I have other binders that I keep at home that I use to keep me organized:

  • Exam and Quiz Materials
  • Printed Power points of my lectures
  • Extra copies for clinical
  • Graded assignments

Note Taking

As I previously stated, I take extra notes by hand on printed Power points when I go home to re-listen to the lecture when I am studying for an upcoming exam. Although, while I am at school and in class, I use my iPad to record my lectures and take notes on the downloaded powerpoint. To see how I take notes on my iPad, see this post.

Overall, I am very content with how my program is going so far, and I am comfortable with how I have organized myself. I decided to not attend study groups as I do not do well in them, and I personally think they are a waste of my study time. Study groups may work for a lot of people, but when it comes to understanding the material and thinking critically, I have to learn it on my own.

Nurses are different in how they provide care. I understand there is a certain way to provide care, but it takes time to really understand why there is a specific way of doing so and what makes it so important. If that makes sense?

Anyways, I still have no life, and I am okay with that HAHA! Logan and I are officially moved in to our new apartment and are so happy with how we have set it up.

How is your program going? I’d love to know! Let me know if I can help you out in any way. You can email me at futurenursenicole@gmail.com

Have a fantastic day! 🙂

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