Fall 2016 Nursing Student Study Tips Contest

  1. It’s Back to School time for nursing students. We know that nursing school is very challenging for many. One of the biggest challenges is learning how to make the most of your time and developing good study habits. For this contest, we are asking our members to submit some study tips that they have found helpful.

    The contest rules are as follows:

    • 50 word minimum for threads
    • Articles are allowed. See How to Submit an Article
    • Tips will be approved before publication
    • Contest ends November 15th

    Two winners will each receive a $250 Amazon Gift card.

    Submit your tips on our Study Tips for Nursing Students page

    UPDATE (November 18)

    We have the WINNERS!!!

    The contest is over. A big thanks to all who participated in the contest. There were so many great study tips submitted....it was hard to pick just two.

    And the 2 winning study tips submissions are..

    Tips for my students that work
    by tabrojajo

    Study Like My Grandpa: Tips to Help You Ace Your Classes
    by law2mom2nurse


    Your Gift Package containing a $250 Amazon gift card, an insulated lunch bag, pens, T-shirt and candles from Rasmussen College as well as a stainless steel water bottle, insulated coffee mug, pens and jotter pads from allnurses is on its way. ENJOY!!!!
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Nov 18, '16
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  3. by   Caramels
    Making a list of the things I need to do each week in my classes has been helpful during my studies. Stick to your schedule/list and don't procrastinate!
  4. by   Kindnessecity
    I know this seems way overboard, but I used to record every lecture on my phone and took good notes. When I walked my dog I would listen to the recording. It really worked listening to the same thing twice, my brain seems to not listen for a whole 90 min lecture and so I got the stuff I missed on the first round.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Please submit your study tips to this link so they can be considered in the contest....
  6. by   xcatltc
    Always helpful study tips: first, study what you don't know, or unclear on, for all subjects, don't waste time studying what you already know, just review what is known, study what you don't know, and briefly ( 20 minutes max) what you do know, makes things much more interesting, tip 2. Create your own notes, writing your own notes is very helpful for memorizing things on subjects esp. when written in your own words and hand. Tip 3. If you find yourself, getting to the point where your brain can't take in any more info, yes! It is time to take a break, go for a walk, get fresh air, watch a movie, or go to one, cook something, listen to some music, or whatever you want to do, for a couple of hours, your mind will reset, and you be surprised how much this helps. Tip 4. Don't study for more than 2 hours on all subjects combined, you already know a lot, and new info takes time, if you get stuck on something, move on to another point, then go back later, or skip ahead a bit, sometimes this will put things back into perspective. Tip 5. Find the best time, and most comfortable place to study, where you will not be disturbed for an hour or 2, this is a tough one, for some this might be outside in a park, or at the library, this is key! Tip 6. Never cram for a test, if you have reviewed everything, and studied, you won't need to, give yourself credit, and just review (20 minutes) until test time. Tip 7. Study groups/partners, extremely helpful, if everyone can find the time, and agree on the place to meet up, getting a different perspective on a concept can help learning go faster.Tip 8.drawing pictures of a concept, example drawing the cell, or layer of skin, anatomic structures, Krebs cycle.ect. is really helpful. tip 9. Don't worry you getting this, you have gotten this far, and you will go further, as far as you want, never forget this! Tip10. Test time, no anxiety needed, you did not study "anxiety" as a subject, so no anxiety allowed, if fact if you have trouble sleeping the day before a test, make sure you get extra sleep a couple of days to a week before the test, this is just a test, merely a measurement of how much of any given subject your aware of, nothing more.So you got this go in there and show that piece of paper/computer who is boss. Tip11. Please please! Do not cheat on any test, when you do this, you are only cheating yourself, and nursing exams are so so important, so you will ultimately be cheating your patients, and you could be expelled from school, I look at it this way the more I know the better nurse that makes me for my patients, and this is the ultimate goal. Good luck!
    Last edit by xcatltc on Oct 16, '16 : Reason: Wrong place
  7. by   g8sushma
    My best study tip is to act like we are in grade school getting a spelling test. Rewrite it everyday until you learn it and can rewrite it with out looking at the original. If you hesitate you have to rewrite it again that day.