How much studying is required during nursing school? - page 2
I am considering becoming an RN. It's really hard for me to study for more than a few hours. So how much studying per night is required to succeed in nursing school? I really want to be in the... Read More
Sep 28, '12Like everyone has said before, it depends on the person and the instructors teaching styles. Some people can study the night before- it just clicks. Other people just focus on the instructor's notes and not read the textbooks (which can be good or very bad. I had a professor that tested us straight out of the book and nothing on her lecture notes!). For me, I studied a couple hours a week for my pre-req's, but for clinicals I had to study everyday. the first few semesters of clinicals I studied about 3-4 hours a day. The OB/Pedi semester I studied with my study partner 13 hrs/day. That semester was my biggest challenge so I had to put that much effort in it. The last two semesters, I haven't had to study that intently- maybe the weekend before the test for a couple hours each, because you progress with critical thinking since you started.
Study tip: Don't study for more than a couple hours at a time. After two hours, get up and take a 10 minute mind break by going outside, chat with a friend, walk around, etc. If you don't, you will be overwhelmed and mentally fatigued.
One more study tip: Visualize the patient who has the condition you're studying about. What are they coming in with/Complaining about, how is the doctor going to diagnose it, what can you as the nurse do to alleviate the symptoms/concenrns.
Good luck on your education journey into nursing! It's a lot of fun and very rewarding- especially after all the hard work you put into it!
Sep 28, '12In all honesty I never studied in my nursing school experience. I got b's and c's. The way I learn is by hearing or seeing. So if u saw it on a powerpoint and heard the teacher talk it stuck. Some of my classmates studied 5hrs a day and did not work so it really depends on how you learn and how familiar you are with the medical field
Sep 29, '12Quote from bubblejet50Needless to say, everyone is different and learns at their own pace and method... just saying... Aloha~In all honesty I never studied in my nursing school experience. I got b's and c's. The way I learn is by hearing or seeing. So if u saw it on a powerpoint and heard the teacher talk it stuck. Some of my classmates studied 5hrs a day and did not work so it really depends on how you learn and how familiar you are with the medical field
Oct 29, '12I agree nursing school is no joke. I don't have a photographic memory as some of the students do, so anytime I have available to hit the books I do.
Oct 29, '12As others have said everyone is different in their study habit and needs. I find if I go to class and participate in the class discussions I need much less study time. My best tip for not being able to sit and study for hours at a time is don't =) I generally scheduled myself 3 hours of study every night (I didn't always use it but it was time I set aside routinely so it was in the plan if I needed it) then I studied for 45 min and got up and walked away from the books and tried to do something mindless and physical for 15 min (Almost always folding laundry) and then went back to the books it gave my brain a great break and allowed me to study for longer stretches
Nov 4, '12I start Nursing School next semester (Spring 2013) and I must say that these are great strategies and study tips that are being shared. Can't wait till I begin nursing school!