This article is Part 2 of Success in Science Prerequisites While Working Full Time: You Can Do It! Read Part 1 of Success in Science Prerequisites While Working Full Time: You Can Do It!, here.
This series provides tips on how to prepare for success in science prerequisites as a working student who wants to become a nurse. I believe in the old adage that says: failing to plan is planning to fail. I’ve planned and researched every step of the way prior to beginning the path to become a nurse. I looked at Nurse Schedules and Pay. I researched clinical schedules. I researched which science prerequisite classes were required. Most recently, I’ve been researching how to fit studying around working full time.
My goal is to earn (another) A next semester when I take Anatomy and Physiology 1. I’m committed to this achieving an a in this science prerequisite goal irrespective of my recent change in circumstance that will necessitates that I work full time (gulp) while in school. Many of my prior experiences in college since I’ve been attending with the goal to become a nurse have prepared me for the responsibilities of effective time management and school.
You may read Part 1 of Success in Science Prerequisites While Working Full Time: You Can Do It! here. Below is the second part of the series, which details the ideas that I’ve learned that I’m using to plan my science prerequisite study schedule for next semester:
- Enter things that you need to do that are high tech, highly structured or tasks based into your electronic calendar each day as they are given to you. Examples of high tech, highly structured or tasks based items include things that can be easily checked off of a “to do” list, such as appointments.
- Move items that are low tech, loosely structured and are project based into your “planning system”. One planning system is a word based document that describes the activities you want to do this week, in paragraph form, and includes rough due dates. I’ve used a system like this to prepare for exams. I will start using it to plan my other obligations, since working will take up some of my time and being organized will be required for success in my A&P science prerequisite.
- Use a static, autopilot schedule for regular tasks, such as the school/work/household management activities that must get done and are regular. Having a time for life’s tasks is essential if a student is going to work while taking science prerequisites to become a nurse.
- Cut back on the number of projects that you are working on. This will be a big one for me. I’ve been contemplating it while compiling my list. My to do list has always had too many things. In my mind, I’ve prioritized them. But, it will probably be necessary and helpful for me to slash and burn my “To Do” list.
- Get rid of your inefficient ineffective bad habits, such as staying up late watching TV, Drinking alcohol, Procrastinating and Psuedo Studying.
- It’s alright to risk upsetting or annoying some people by saying “No”. Underpromise, so that you can over deliver.
- Hide from distracting people.
- Develop project queues for each area of your life. If you take your work home, like I do, make one queue for work, one queue for school and maybe you might have one queue for your home
- Quit being a fly by the seat of your pants person, batch and make a habits for your work.
- Start projects early so you aren’t time crunched.
- Make your regular schedule a mix of effort and relaxation.
- Do whatever it takes to avoid violating your schedule so that you can work while in school to become a nurse taking challenging science prerequisites.
- How to Become a Nurse and Work Full Time (prenursingstudent.com)
I use a variety of systems and strategies to be able to squeeze in enough study time into my busy schedule. If you’re having difficulties studying, read this Prenursing Student blog, it’s full of information, or check out this video series: Learn More, Study Less: The Video Course. It could be your key to earning excellent grades to get into the nursing school of your dreams.Click Here to learn more about how it can help you become a better student!