Fellow students- share suggestions, ideas, thanks! - page 2

I've found that I do much better by not even using that word "stress". Remaining calm and easy going in class helps to absorb the material, for me at least it works. I'm begining to wonder if... Read More

  1. by   colleen10
    Hi everyone,

    MKue, it's funny that you posted this and mentioned self control because just yesterday I was thinking about how stressful school can be, but I thought to myself, "if I can stay in control and keep a cool head, everything will work out.".

    I think so much depends on what your "mentality" is. If I can stay calm and at least "think" that I'm in control I do much better on exams and when I'm studying.

    This is my second time around going through school and I am so much more serious about it this time and I have found that my studying skills have changed tremendously in the last 5 years.

    I am going to night school part time so, so far I have only ever had 1 class at a time. I have found that what works best for me is to read the book the day after class and pay particular attention to what ever the teacher covered in lecture. Sometimes I even read through the material and take extra notes from the book.

    I always keep up on my reading and make sure that I understand the material before moving on to the next chapter or topic.

    As for studying for exams what works best for me is to write out my notes a couple of times. Also, if I'm studying biological processes, for example, how a muscle contracts, I will say the steps out loud and write them down too.

    Sticking to a schedule has also helped a lot too. I work 8:30 to 5 Monday through Friday and have class one or two nights a week. So, I always try to plan my studying and reading in advance.
  2. by   oldnewnurse
    Mkue, Do you have to ask the nursing instructor's permission to tape? Thanks,
  3. by   Debbie5
    It seems like when you have a lot of things going on, all you can do is put 100% into what you are doing at the moment. When you are in a class, think of nothing else. When you are doing an assignment, focus on that only. Making a study schedule helps because it gets it out of your head and on paper. You don't have to be thinking about other assignments while you're studying for another.
  4. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by oldnewnurse
    Mkue, Do you have to ask the nursing instructor's permission to tape? Thanks,


    Hi oldnewnurse, you might want to check with an instructor ahead of time. I've never taped any nursing lectures, just a few classes during pre-req's.

    I'm taking Fundamentals right now and there is a student that is taping the lectures, in fact the instructor has the tape recorder on her desk.

    I hope you are allowed to tape record ! It helps a lot of students.
  5. by   Mkue
    If it helps, someone told me to drink juice before an exam, "fruit juice".

    So this morning, having not studied last night due to CPR/BLS course and getting home late, I drank one of those juice thingy's with the straw on the way to class.

    Guess what? I got a "B" on the first Fundamental test and 100% on our abbreviations quiz.

    I wonder if it WAS the juice or was it LUCK???
  6. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by colleen10
    Hi everyone,

    MKue, it's funny that you posted this and mentioned self control because just yesterday I was thinking about how stressful school can be, but I thought to myself, "if I can stay in control and keep a cool head, everything will work out.".

    I think so much depends on what your "mentality" is. If I can stay calm and at least "think" that I'm in control I do much better on exams and when I'm studying.

    This is my second time around going through school and I am so much more serious about it this time and I have found that my studying skills have changed tremendously in the last 5 years.

    I am going to night school part time so, so far I have only ever had 1 class at a time. I have found that what works best for me is to read the book the day after class and pay particular attention to what ever the teacher covered in lecture. Sometimes I even read through the material and take extra notes from the book.

    I always keep up on my reading and make sure that I understand the material before moving on to the next chapter or topic.

    As for studying for exams what works best for me is to write out my notes a couple of times. Also, if I'm studying biological processes, for example, how a muscle contracts, I will say the steps out loud and write them down too.

    Sticking to a schedule has also helped a lot too. I work 8:30 to 5 Monday through Friday and have class one or two nights a week. So, I always try to plan my studying and reading in advance.

    When I was a youngster out of high school I took some courses at a local CC and did not "focus" at all during those classes, was more concerned about everything else in my life..lol..

    The second time around, we see what we did wrong and don't want to repeat that process..lol. Thankfully I only bombed out of typing back then..lol..

    I think one class at a time is a great idea, especially if you work full-time. Good Luck Colleen10

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