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Share your study tips. What works for you can work for another struggling to learn.

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  3. tonyl1234

    Find your method

    And DO NOT go in following someone else's study schedule. That whole "rule" of study for 2 hours per 1 hour of class time, forget you've ever heard that. Study as much as YOU need to study. It doesn't matter whether you've been studying for 20 minutes or 40 hours, those lab values have the same exact meaning. Study to learn, and review to maintain. Plan your time around what you need to accomplish that. And take a night off, go out and have some drinks with your friends. Reward yourself for all the hard work. It helps keep you focused.
  4. Hello!!! Sorry for the LATE reply, but soon you will understand what it's like to be a nurse. Congratulations on starting your first semester of Nursing school!!! If you have some really supportive family members, practice some skills on them. Or, if that doesn't work, get a cheap teddy bear to practice your assessments on (I practiced my assessments on my dog ), buy some of the foam floaties that kids play with in the pool to practice IV sticks (and maybe foleys as well). My school provided us with a bag full of goodies we could practice with, including the foley catheter. You could also try to play-doh to create a model of the heart to learn the pathway of blood-flow through the heart, or anything else you feel as if you need to whip out the play-doh for. Good luck!!!
  5. You are describing the pomodoro stud technique.
  6. Think that getting less sleep in favor of studying is a good idea? Wrong, my friend! When we sleep we consolidate new information that we've learned throughout the day; meaning that sleep is vital to turn that new information into long-term memories. That extra hour of studying will be worthless if you don't get at least 6-8 hours, so close that book and get some shut-eye!
  7. If you keep rereading text over and over and nothing is sticking, find another way to get that information in your head. Draw out charts, make the information into funny pictures, and create stories out of those images. There are also apps online to help you do this if you are creatively challenged, but are still a visual learner. Take advantage of the technology out there and know that there are ways around dated, old methods of studying.
  8. Make sure you have healthy snacks handy that are quick and provide you with satiety; mixed nuts and fruit are great examples. This way prepping food won't run into your study time, and when you have the snacks ready to go, it doesn't give you an excuse to take a really long break to make a huge meal (let's face it; that can be a way of procrastinating to avoid getting back to studying!) Save the big meal for after the study sesh.
  9. Set a timer so that you know you have to focus for 20 straight minutes without any distractions; no social media or texting. That way you know that when that 20 minutes of focus is up, you can take a 5-minute break from the intensity, grab a snack, catch up on what you missed on Instagram, and come back fresh and ready to go.
  10. Make sure you are in an environment that is conducive to YOUR (not your friend's, not your classmate's...) most productive way of studying. If you need complete silence, go somewhere quiet. If you need a little stimulation, go to a coffee shop. If you need natural light, make sure there are windows around. If you like to feel like a vampire when you're studying, hide in a basement. Whatever it is, make sure you're environment supports you to get the most out of your study session.
  11. There are also apps for visual mnemonics for nursing school that help visual learners remember all the tiny details we need to know as nurses
  12. mar9

    Positive Tips For Study Success

    I think allowing yourself planned study breaks is key as well, that way you can let the information sink into your brain and come back fresh!
  13. It is uppermost in the process of studying and retaining information that preparation be an integral part. As important as being attentive at lecture time; the addition of a cumulative outline of crucial text, by any acceptable method deemed comfortable, serve as reinforcement of said material as well as a quick yet substantive review prior to testing. My advice here would be, keep note-taking and highlighting to a minimum, so the eye is drawn not overwhelmed, "short and sweet, keeps it concrete". Next, whenever possible, read silently and aloud, repeating once, without reading, but visualizing the words on the page before advancing. If possible, get a study partner to review the material with you, and help develop sample tests, oral as well as written, at closure of each section or system, subject review. The night prior to our state board testing there were still students running room to room with text books clutched to their chests which I found a useless expenditure of energy as I locked my door and settled into sleep.
  14. The main thing about studying is to learn as much as you can as soon as you can. In other words begin with some self-preparation, making mental or written notation of subject matter that eludes or needs further description. Begin fresh, that is well-rested, properly nourished and hydrated, which helps keeping mentally alert and receptive. from the first material review to pretesting review. This, eliminates panic and the feeling of the need to cram, or try thinking of creative methods to cheat.
  15. then chew the same brand/flavor when taking the test. This will enhance your memory for the subject you studied earlier!
  16. Study 7 nights a week I would use Sunday as a review day and study about 2 hours so I could keep up with the current schedule and have a better idea of how to prepare for exams. I never read one chapter and understand the material so for me I read each one two times. I took breaks after every hour of studying and watched tv for at least 45 minutes or take a walk to get a mental break. Put yourself under Nclex testing circumstances and take over 300 questions at least 2 times before NCLEX.
  17. Hi, just passed My NCLEX a month ago. I went through quite a struggle during my study time just like an average nursing student. I gave myself 3 months, keeping myself positive everytime i felt like this is not for me or I can't do it. Positive meaning imagining the day when I will pass my exam or anything that means most to you. I started with 5-10 questions then 20,50, 75 per day with review, I used planner for time management, studied for 3 months, praying God each day & here I am today .
  18. I find it best to study a little everyday making sure that I spend at least 30 minutes. And then I also make sure that I don't spend too much time studying in the same fashion meaning if I've been reading lecture notes or my textbook for the last 45 minutes I switch it up to practicing NCLEX questions or listening to my recorded lecture, that way my brain doesn't shut off and I don't get frustrated.
  19. 2 Tips. First take notes in your book while you read. We are all told not to write in books, buy you paid (>$100) go ahead. It reinforces you reading. Take notes in margins and around graphs. 2nd, don't use regular PPTs. If you can get the instructor PPTs. They have notes next to the slides. Most test questions come from these notes.
  20. SoCaltransplant

    Find your method

    The best way to learn is whatever works for you. Some people like reading the book and can easily digest that information and be perfectly fine. I am a visual learner so I have found watching videos or playing interactive games will make the information stick better with me. Also be sure to take breaks so your brain doesn't overload. This is a lot of information and you want to take time to actually learn it not just regurgitate the information back.
  21. I have learned that a sure way to pass a test is to have good study habits. If your instructor tells you a concept more than once it's likwlu to be on the test. Review the concept repeatedly. Make study questions. Say the answers and questions out loud or have a dedicated study partner.
  22. Utilize those awesome PowerPoint slides if your instructors share them! What I found tremendously helpful is using the slides (which are generally an overview) and a guide to weed out the important topics from a subject, then going through my textbook and elaborating on those concepts in a way that made sense to me to "fill in the blanks." Sometimes this even included flowcharts, pictures, or color-coding. Then... I know this sounds crazy... but SLEEP! Let that good info sink in!
  23. I use many methods to learn, but have found that the most useful has been my whiteboard. A simple example is blood flow through the heart. I used a blue marker to draw the left side that is pumping oxygenated blood from the lungs back to the body, a red marker to draw the right side receiving blood from the body that needs oxygen from the lungs, and a green marker for the valves. Drawing things on a large scale was really helpful for me (and cut down on paper waste).