Studying Techniques


I was trying to look for the best forum to post this in. This one seemed the most suitable so...

When it comes to studying a LARGE amount of material at once, it's hard for everything to sink in. I never really had to study a lot when i was in High school, and college. But now that I'm serious about nursing and want to do extremely well, any advice on how to do it, and what to do...

I just need some insight on how everyone else studies, some guidance will be greatly appreciated... lol thanks!

BTW... I absolutely loooove this website, and I'm soo glad I found it. All the help I've received made me feel welcomed. :)

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wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

5,111 Posts

Specializes in Anesthesia.

Some techniques I am using in nurse anesthesia school: Highlight the important information, make question & answer note cards, read/reread the information, try to imagine how the information will be used in a question, and if their is a large chart to memorize write the info. over and over.

Study groups help some people...another option is to type up your question/answer note cards and then switch with one or two other people.

Good Luck!

Specializes in Oncology, Ortho, Neuro.

here's how I got through nursing school.

1. Find a good study group, people you get along with, who have the same work ethic as you. Try to keep the group small, no more than 4 people is what I found works best.

2. While studying, each person in the group focuses more intensely on a specific part of the chapter/lecture. Then at study group (mind you the rest of the group member have also studied the material but not as intensley) the member who did the focus will "teach" the other members. Soemtimes it is earier to learn when it is someone on your own level teaching you the material and then you can ask the same stupid question 500 times and they won't get mad ;)

3. Flash cards that I WROTE OUT MYSELF! I tried buying them and just reading them but actually writing them out and looking up different terms that I was unsure of really helped.

Hope this helps some! Good luck!

pagandeva2000, LPN

7,984 Posts

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

I was famous for using yellow highlighters, red pens and sticky pads to rewrite concepts or make concept maps in my own words. There was something about the colors yellow and red that made me remember well.

Also, for breaking down material, I would first want to know when the exam is, and from there, break down how much of the chapter I wanted to study for the days, and made sure that I had at least 4-5 days before the exam to re-read and then to practice NCLEX-styled questions. I also has a Comprehensive Review Book for NCLEX which really summarizes the information VERY well. FOr the few days before the exam, I reverted to that book and wrote on my sticky pads things that I gained from the actual textbook. Worked like a charm for me, because I graduated top of my class.

I would consider purchasing Saunder's Comprehensive book for NCLEX, because each chapter also included all of the medications used for the particular diseases. That was important to study as well, in case you get a question on that. Word associations work well, also. I was not a study group person, because they really distracted me. It works well for some, however, try not to count on them alone. Bottom line is that you have to know the information for yourself. Best of luck to you!


Guest Alois Wolf

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Use all your notecards up (flash cards) like they are going out of style and just keep quizing yourself whenever you have extra time or during your regular study periods. Also a study group is an awesome idea, make it into a game so everyone enjoys themselves and you will learn better this way as well.


29 Posts

in order to memorize normal values i write in colored papers and stick it all over the walls of my room so that where ever my eyes go i can see it...

study group is also great! ;)

Daytonite, BSN, RN

4 Articles; 14,603 Posts

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

hi, wi5eguy. . .studying is like any other skill you learn in life. you get better at it with more practice. i can honestly say that at your age i was not as good at studying as i am now and a few college degrees later. i am giving you several websites of study information that have been put together by various colleges around the country on how to study. read this material. some of the techniques may strike your fancy and you might want to put them into practice. some may work for you; some may not. you won't know unless you try them out. at another time one or more of these techniques may work better in another situation. as i said, experience helps you learn what works best for you.

a great deal of what you will learn in nursing school will be brand new information that you have never been exposed to before. new information is always a little harder to assimilate than when we are building upon information we have already had some exposure to. therefore, repetition is important is learning.

as a nursing student you should be checking out the student nurses threads on allnurses. you will find lots of support there when you get into your nursing classes as well as lots of helpful weblinks to help you with your studies. you can get to these forums by clicking on the "students" tab at the top of any page you are on when you are on allnurses. there are even a couple of sticky threads there on how to study!

biker nurse

230 Posts

Specializes in LTC , SDC and MDS certified (3.0).

What I found to be a life saver, was a CD I bought from the Discovery store that was made especially for studing. (check the Discovery store on-line) also meditation CD's. Good Luck!!

Specializes in SICU, MICU, CICU, NeuroICU.

Read first and then study first. You can't study it, if you don't understand it. Once you understand it, it gets much easier.

HM2VikingRN, RN

4,700 Posts

Get into a study group

Read the introductory paragraphs to chapters and then the summary points. Then read the material in between. This helps you learn to recognize the "must knows" from the chapter.

Depending on the type of classroom syllabi use that as a reading guide for each chapter. At my school the syllabi are very detailed and this helps me to recognize what is important to really nail down in my brain.

Also really study the concept maps in the text.

Best of luck!

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