Dear Nursing Student with ADD what study strategies help w/memory ?

  1. More specifically how do you remember the huge amount of information we are required to remember?

    When I study I literally read powerpoints out-loud over & over and OVER again, just so I can remember the information. I always understand the reasoning behind 95% of the information - memory is my problem though.

    And are you an auditory/visual/writer/etc learner?

    Any study tips you have are VERY appreciated!
    Thank you all soon to be nurses
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  3. by   Clovery
    I remember things visually and by writing them. In nursing school I would type single page study sheets for each topic. I'd vary the font and color for each item. For example, a page on insulins, short acting would be red, long acting blue etc. I would recreate charts from my texts and notes. I liked to put things in somewhat random arrangements on the page, instead of everything left aligned, it made it more visually unique. This especially helps if you've ever found yourself recalling something because you can remember where it was on the page. When doing practice questions I would look up the answer right away if I didn't know it (instead of thinking about it and possibly creating a wrong, confusing rationale in my mind) then I would rewrite & paraphrase the question and bullet the correct answer under it.

    I can't say enough about Microsoft OneNote. If you have word and powerpoint, you also have OneNote, it's part of the office package. It's a great way to organize info, take notes, and create study sheets. PM if you want to chat more, I have ADHD, and rocked nursing school and the NCLEX. Good luck
  4. by   Guest11/16/14
    Thank you so much for the advice. Especially about writing topics on a single page. Where do you find Microsoft OneNote on your computer? Or do you download it?

    My biggest struggles are 1. Remembering the huge amount of information we are required to know (I do this by talking outloud to myself - which gets exhausting) and 2. Application questions/critical thinking NCLEX questions (still working on this..)

    It would be awesome if we could chat, any advice I can get would be welcomed. I'm struggling through nursing school and somehow my huge amount of effort I put in barely makes me through exams.
  5. by   Lettucebereality
    I'm curious to see how you both organize your information. I just started nursing school and I'm having a hard time trying to group and retain information.
  6. by   WillyNilly
    Read notes to a recorder and replay it over and over while driving until it was memorized. Also made silly rhymes for everything that I could sing in my head
  7. by   Dragonfly2013
    This is helping me so much I want to thank you for this . I. am working on practice test to do my compass test for CNA. I pray I get through it I have learning disability it drives me crazy so much I want to do. I no I am not a CNA or Nurse but I again want to say thank! you for these messages.☺
  8. by   CWONgal
    Organization is key. Tabbing information, making charts/color coding. Also, it's good to use several modalities...don't rely just on reading. Write out the information and go back and pick the most importance concepts and try not to focus on every detail. There is NO way you can remember everything from school. I don't think anyone truly can. You have to remember you are getting this information stuffed down your gullet due to time constraints. Do you take medication for your ADD? It helps!
  9. by   lidleanjel
    write your notes during class. Rewrite notes after class and reread them over and over again. When taking tests, if you can take the test backwards. Don't you yellow highlighters. Use blue or green highlights cause they do not strain eyes as much. take notes on blue or green or even purple paper for the same reason. study for 30-45 minutes at a time and take a short break.

    Dont forget to take some time for yourself.
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Please remember that per our terms of service, we can neither ask for nor offer medical advice. Thanks.
  11. by   vintagemother
    These are all good tips. I'm not diagnosed with ADD but I feel I have ADD.
    Here's what works for me:

    Sitting in front of I'm not distracted.

    Taking notes in different colors. (I'm a tactile, not visual learner) sometimes I bring my computer to type my notes instead of handwriting.

    Being organized--tabs for each class, dividers for the stuff I need to keep, etc. using a written planner and electronic reminders.

    Recording lectures--I've done this for about half my classes.

    Flash cards---but I didn't use them in nursing school, just in pre-reqs

    Study groups where we reviews concepts out loud.

    Tutoring others as well as receiving tutoring. I learn well when I explain concepts to others.

    I have a horrible memory. It's better for me to understand the "big picture" than to memorize random details. But certain concepts I have to drill into my head via repetition--like lab values. I also make my own mnemonics and visual memory cues.

    Watching YouTube videos and songs about complicated concepts.

    Reading the text book - multiple times!! I need to move my body or take frequent breaks while reading.

    Learning to speed read.
  12. by   3aremyjoy
    Yes to everything vintage mother said!

    Organization is one of the most difficult things us ADDers struggle with. Adopt the "do it now" principle. Because you will get distracted and forget to organize that note, write down that assignment, flag that important page etc....

    Use multiple modalities when studying. Use a timer when taking a break.

    If your study notes look too cluttered make a simpler sheet that shortens it down.

    If you're having a hard time separating2/3/4 closely related concepts, like EKG. Divide your paper into 4, use a different color for each and ONLY write down the differences.

    When you fond a routine that works for you, STICK TO IT! If it aint broke, don't fix it!

    Work hard to research what your best learning style is, and figure out how to implement these techniques into your day so you can maximize study time.

    ALWAYS finish of your study time with some NCLEX questions that relate to your material.
    ALWAYS do the questions from that chapter on the text book, from text book online resource and if they provided a CD. I can't tell you how many of those questions I've seen on tests!

    Good luck! Recognizing that you have learning difference is half the battle to achieving success!
  13. by   SubSippi
    Spend part of your time studying in a place where you don't have access to the internet. I know at my school, there were parts of the library where you couldn't get a signal. Put your phone in your backpack. Use earplugs so you don't get distracted by people sniffling and shuffling papers.

    When I started hiding from the internet, I cut my "study" time in half.
  14. by   ixchel
    To the person who asked how to organize notes -

    Use ADPIE to organize, and type it out with colors and maybe even different fonts to emphasize important stuff. In case you haven't gotten that far in your studies yet, ADPIE is the nursing process, and every condition you discuss can be broken down this way. So on your one page study guides, make headings that say:

    ASSESSMENT: What will you see when you assess this patient? What will they report? In other words, what are the signs and symptoms?

    DIAGNOSIS: What nursing diagnoses will apply to this person? At first, finding applicable nursing diagnoses is genuinely a chore, but as you get more used to the nursing diagnosis handbook that your program recommends or requires, you will find your way through it. You may also have a section in the back of your book that breaks down typical diagnoses by condition.

    PLANNING: In your care planning, this will be what you might put in your outcomes column. Look at the diagnoses in the book and look at what outcomes typically might be wanted to help someone with these diagnoses. If your professors give you powerpoints for their lectures, you may be able to get this information from their powerpoints. However, since you will need to get familiar with this stuff for your careplans anyway, I still recommend at least skimming this information in the book to take some loose notes. For instance, what outcome would you typically want for someone who has a risk for peripheral vascular dysfunction? You might see this on a lot. Once you get it in your brain, it will stay there, and future note taking wont require the level of detail as it will at first because you'll just remember it. Don't just consider physical stuff. Consider the psychosocial stuff. If someone has a new diagnosis of cancer, they might develop ineffective coping. What can be done about that?

    INTERVENTION: What will the nurse do for each outcome you planned? What teaching can you deliver? What medications are typical for this condition?

    EVALUATION: How will you know if what you have done has been successful? How will you know if it hasn't? If you have medications associated with this medication, what side effects can you look for? How do you know if things are getting better? Worse?

    I can't give first-hand knowledge on ADHD and how to best study such a HUGE amount of information, but I can tell you my son struggles desperately with it when he does not receive adequate treatment. My husband has it as well and is currently untreated, which he doesn't seem to be bothered by, but from my point of view this man is so smart, and so driven, and could reach his potential if he would actually CHOOSE to talk to his doctor about it. I've pushed him to, but he just wont. He doesn't want there to be an official record of it. It's a shame, really. This is a legitimate condition with a known pathology, and there are proven methods of treatment out there that would help him dramatically.

    I highly recommend making sure you stay in close touch with your doctor to make sure you have a plan in place for symptom management. It can really be light and day for studying and focus when you find the right methods of symptom management. It could be the difference between success and failure.

    I am doing an independent study on ADHD right now, plus a couple of other conditions. I am a bit passionate about it. ☺️ Forgive me if my assumption that you are not well managed by your PCP is incorrect. I am getting by your posts that you are struggling with your symptoms, which is what prompted those last paragraphs. Hugs to you, love, and I wish you success! You CAN do this!