Published Oct 12, 2004
I am a student with ADD and a learning disability. I was wondering what techniques if any do other students use for studying and test taking techniques. Any input is appreciated. Thanks :)
get a month-at-a-glance calendar...put EVERYTHING down when you schedule it...do not go anywhere without it.
-look over your syllabus and read ahead.
-after reading, outline the chapter.
-along with outline, do a seperate sheet of definitions from the chapter.
-learn how to do concept mapping. (this was a big help to a friend)
-record lecture. listen to it.
-record lecture. listen to it. (this made a letter grade difference)
-learn how to take great notes, if you can't take good notes then find someone in class who does and immediately make copies after lecture so as not to inconvenience them...be very thankful.
-find someone who is doing well, who is highly organized, motivated and mature and see if they have some ideas that you could borrow.
-treat school like an apprenticeship...you are learning to be a clinician, not just a college student.
-use materials in colors that you like...make things as aesthically pleasing to you as possible.
if i think of anything else...i will let you know.
good luck!! :)
I have ADD too, and these are all great ideas. With A & P I used to come home and type them out, then go back and highlight, color, etc. It seems silly, but the colors really helped me to remember. And here's a new thing i tried this sem. Use colored flash cards. Again, it was easier to visualize them during the test. Good luck! Heather
Nursing school is hard enough for those that don't have a disability...for students like us it is especially hard...there is SO much reading and studying involved....I found it almost impossible to apply the "good study" techniques to every single assignment...i.e. flashcards, retyping notes...there just wasn't enough time in the day! Try and learn which assignments/classes are going to be critical for your understanding and focus your effort on those...don't spend all your time highlighting chapters on nursing theroists and not leave anytime for acid/base balance lecture...other suggestions 1. go to every single class...you always pick up something in lecture..and instructors are more willing to offer assistance if you have shown a sincere effort to learn 2. find a classmate who is understanding of your situation and ask for help when you need it 3. don't worry if you don't make A's... there are lots of really good B student nurses out there!
Hello EveryoneI am a student with ADD and a learning disability. I was wondering what techniques if any do other students use for studying and test taking techniques. Any input is appreciated. Thanks :)
Hi, I do also have a problem in class. Sometimes I do not focus in class and I do pay attention in class. My mind sometimes wander off. What I do is tape record the class and write down everything that was on the chalkboard or overhead. Then at home, listen to the tapes and look at the notes you written down. If you do not want to pay attention anymore to the tapes, just stop it and go back to it at a later time.
Chaya, ASN, RN
My problems were prioritizing and learning to focus. If I tried to write everything down, there was a time lag during which I would miss some of the lecture while writing. I found it was essential to skim over the material BEFORE class, even if I only tok five minutes to read the chapter headings, sub-headings and summary. This gave me a managable framework for my notes; I then tried to write down the most important points raised in class in a timely manner. Good luck!
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