Nursing school starts TOMORROW!!! Ahhh!!! I’m so excited…and also somewhat nervous. We’ve already been given so many documents and a few assignments/quizzes due before classes start tomorrow, so I’ve been busy organizing and completing tasks this past week. I finally feel like I’m organized in such a manner as to lessen the stress of trying to keep on top of everything for nursing school; I thought I would share my tips and tricks. 🙂 Hope it helps!
I will use a 1.5″ binder to bring to school everyday. On the outside I posted my semester schedule, and inside, I divided the binder into 8 sections. The first 3 sections are for loose leaf paper, my weekly schedule (I’ll go over that in more detail below), and all my class syllabi. The next 5 sections are utilized for each class, as I have pharm, health assessment, health assessment lab, concepts, and concepts lab/clinical.
The purpose of this binder is mainly to take only one week’s worth of assignments/powerpoints/documents to school. After that week is complete, I will empty out all of the documents into bigger binders – one for pharm, one for both concepts & its respective lab, and one for both health assessment & its respective lab.
To keep track of assignments and tasks for each class, I bought a smaller 3-ring binder (on the right) and divided it into 5 sections – one for each class:
I love the fact that it’s divided, that way I know exactly what to do for certain classes. It’s just easier for me to keep track of everything this way…and it’s such a satisfying feeling I get when I’m able to cross something off the list!
I also make a “reading assignment” list in order to have a document that I can quickly look at and determine what chapters I need to read that week:
And my favorite part is my weekly schedule; my mentor at TWU and fellow nursing student gave me a template that she created to keep track of all of her separate schedules given to her by each class. Instead of having to rifle through each schedule every week in order to determine what is due, I made a week-by-week document with each of my classes on it and organized my schedule that way:
And there you have it! Now I’m off to finish printing documents and get some more reading done. 😉