We are told not to - page 4

Study the night before an exam. But who does it anyway? I know I do..actually I'm doing it right now:)... Read More

  1. by   Faeriewand
    I always study the nite before and right before the exam. One time, I was re-reading my notes before an exam and I read the word "deafism" and then put my notes down because it was time for the exam. Then what was on the exam? Deafism and I had forgotten the definition! grrrrr!

    So I learned to re-read all those notes!

    And I do agree that the nite before the exam is not the time to learn new material. You should be studying things you have already read and are trying to recall.
  2. by   mixyRN
    Quote from SA2BDOCTOR
    Study the night before an exam. But who does it anyway? I know I do..actually I'm doing it right now
    I always have studied the night before an exam and I probably always will. However, this is not the first time or only time I have studied or reviewed the material. I think that makes a difference! I find that studying the night before helps keep the material fresh in my mind. It's worked well for me so far... all A's
  3. by   momathoner09
    That's just plain crazy not to study the night before- who are these people that tell you such things?! I mean I guess they mean don't wait to the night before to study which (duh) we all know or we wouldn't make it through the first exam of fundamentals. But I definelty study the night before and the morning of. My only rule for myself is that I get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before.
  4. by   Little_Babycatcher
    Quote from Rage
    Study habits: Print out power points on 4X6 Index cards

    Listen to the lectures (I record all of them, whether they want me to or not........I paid for them after all)

    With book and cards out I re-listen to lecture and fill in information from lecture on cards and re-highlight in a different color in book areas stressed in lecture.

    Burn lectures to CD (to listen to in the car)

    All of the above is done prior to getting ready for test........

    Day before test, pull out cards, re-listen to lecture with cards and book open. I usually take an hour break and then do it again (by this time I already know most of the material)

    Day of the test 3 hours before the test I go over my cards and listen to lecture while in the car..............an hour before the test I try to think of nothing at all..........totally clear my mind. Then during the test the answers just pop into my mind.
    I do the same! I have a 45 min drive to school everyday and listening to lectures in the car really helps! Plus, I've found that I've become more familiar with my prof. speaking style and have had my memories helped along simply with the test questions.
  5. by   twistedpupchaser
    Quote from Maudy
    I've been told not to study past 10pm the night before an exam......
    This advice of not studying the night before is just like the sporting coach telling an athlete not to have sex the night before a game. It is not the sex....it is the chase until 4AM that affects the game play!

    I have found that reviewing the exams for the subject from the previous years helps me with understanding what the lecturer is after and then I base my study around the lecturers expectations. I also take notes that give a shallow outline and think through the specifics to ensure I know the subject.

    I have just finished my last clinical placement and have my paperwork in with the board to get my Registration....after three years there is light at the end of the tunnel...my eyes are on the prize. Just remember that there is an end to the madness that is Nursing School.
  6. by   AprilRNhere
    Quote from twistedpupchaser
    This advice of not studying the night before is just like the sporting coach telling an athlete not to have sex the night before a game. It is not the sex....it is the chase until 4AM that affects the game play!

    I have found that reviewing the exams for the subject from the previous years helps me with understanding what the lecturer is after and then I base my study around the lecturers expectations. I also take notes that give a shallow outline and think through the specifics to ensure I know the subject.

    I have just finished my last clinical placement and have my paperwork in with the board to get my Registration....after three years there is light at the end of the tunnel...my eyes are on the prize. Just remember that there is an end to the madness that is Nursing School.

    When I advise people not to study the night before the exam...it's for other reasons. My reasons are

    1- as motivation to study harder...and be more dilligent the other days- knowing you WILL not rely on the last minutes.

    2- spend the night before relaxing...to relieve anxiety...and also...as motivation to study harder the rest of the time.

    I studied HARD EVERY DAY...reminding myself that I would take off the night before the exam. Also..as stress relief...when I could spare the cash...I would go for a massage the morning of finals!
  7. by   NoviceRN10
    I've never heard of someone being told not to study the evening before an exam. I think that's nuts ! I am a last minute studier, I start cramming a couple days before the exams.
  8. by   leashmarie
    Everyone has their own unique study habits. Don't let anyone tell you what YOURS are===

    Some people need to study up until they pass out the tests, some need to take off the night before to de-stress...

    Figure out what works best for you, but don't blow off studying and blame it on "researching study habits"... No one's going to buy that

close