Need Advice re: Effective Study Habits

  1. i would appreciate any advice from anyone on how to study effectively in nursing school. my study habits have never reached the capacity that i would like. :smackingf i consider myself an average student. this is a second chance in nursing school for me. the last program, i had to maintain a 79.5 in all my classes, well i fell short in one class. the last two weeks of level one i had an overall average of 79.21. not sure what i made on my finals, later i received that letter from school with a d in one of my classes. heartbroken!

    two years later, i'm accepted into the lvn program again, but different college and different attitude. i actually didn't think i would be accepted because of my low gpa. i am so very thankful and blessed that the director saw something of substance in my transcript and test scores. i must be the best that i can be in this program coming up in 2007. i am anxious, ecstatic, and need help!!!

    good luck to all lvn/rn students in houston who are about to take this journey.

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  3. by   EricJRN
    Incognito,

    I moved your post to the General Nursing Student Discussion since this topic is not one that is really specific to Texas. You should get more responses here. Good luck to you!
  4. by   Daytonite
    hi, incognito2007!

    here are some websites for you to check out on studying for nursing classes and nursing tests.

    http://go.dbcc.edu/hhps/nursing/study_skills.html - study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
    http://go.dbcc.edu/hhps/nursing/test_taking_skills.html - test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to choose the correct answer for these application type questions.

    http://www.efn.org/~nurses/ - this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f50/nurs...er-187954.html

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f50/righ...dy-188919.html - right way to study?

    here are links to sites that give college students lots of general information on how to study:

    http://www.accd.edu/sac/history/kell...tg/ssindex.htm - strategies for success, an online primer and tutorial on how to study for students from the alamo community college. this is a pretty extensive resource with links on the right side of the page to click into the following subjects: learning styles, note taking, memory techniques, time management, overcoming procrastination, sq3r (a method for getting the most out of reading your textbooks), study tips, critical thinking, preparing for tests, and oral presentations. also, take a look at the faq's (frequently asked questions).

    http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/checklis.html - this is a study skill checklist for you to go through and inventory your study habits from virginia polytechnic institute and state university. at the bottom of the form is the link to "study skills self-help information" which is all kinds of information to help you with areas you were weak on in the checklist. if you want to bypass the checklist and just go into the information section, go to this link http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html

    as a nursing student you should check out these forums on allnurses:
    see you on the forums! welcome to allnurses!
  5. by   Incognito2007
    Thanks Daytonite. This will help me a great deal.
  6. by   dani_girl
    I do acouple of things.. one I have a white board on my wall that I right all the up comming big things (ex NSG 111 Test 2 11/20, Pharm test 11/27, Article due 11/23) That way it doesn't slip by me. Also, I realized I don't get alot of stuff done at my house, like I will see something and get distracted "oh, I am going to do the dishes first, or Let me walk Beau" so I leave. I go to the library, or coffee shop for an hour or whatever, and I get more done. or even stay after school to study there.
    Mainly you really need to organize. At my school they hand out so many loose papers, if I didn't instantly put them in a 3 ring, they are gone.
    Good luck! You'll do great! Also, keep up on your reading. It can be boring but it piles up if you wait till the weekend before the test!
  7. by   Incognito2007
    thanks dani girl! that's one of my many problems: not being able to get things completed at home.

    distractions + distractions = procrastination!!!

    thanks for sharing.
  8. by   dani_girl
    Welcome! Good luck!
  9. by   IrishItalianRN
    we should sticky this for these websites...

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