Oh gosh, I could go on and on with pointers. Each person kind of has to arrive at their own system that works for them though. One thing I did was buy a 10 pack of cheap tapes and record all my lectures. I still took notes of course, but when I was driving to and from school, or doing yard work or cleaning or other pretty mindless tasks I would listen to the lectures over and over. Sometimes before a test I would make myself an outline incorporating the material from the book with the material from the lecture.
For clinicals, do everything you can to prepare. Ask questions if you are unsure, even if you feel stupid. Try to figure it out for yourself first, then ask if the way you were going to do it is right before you proceed. Then your instructors can see that you are thinking on your own, but also concerned about getting things right.
Above all, take care of yourself. Its a very stressful time and you need your rest, and you need some time to unwind and blow off steam too. Eat right, get some exercise. All easier said than done!
I think everybody is nervous about nursing school
before they start, and kind of stay that way all the way through right up until they find their niche in the field. Don't worry about those butterflies in your stomach. Everybody else has them too. I'm sure you will do just fine!