Study Tips for Nursing Students

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Study Tips for Nursing Students
By []Steven C Brown

Nursing school can be a lot of fun, but there is also a lot of serious learning that you will need to do. Success while in nursing school can set the stage for a long-term, successful career in the nursing field, and getting started on the right foot will help you as you enter the work force.

Study skills come naturally to some students, but for many, figuring out how to effectively use their study time can be difficult. While you will need to determine which techniques work best for you, there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of each study session.

First, you need to set the stage for successful studying. You need to find out what works best for you in terms of environment. For some people, studying in a busy environment or even amid the hustle of their own homes works fine. But most people find that they need a quiet area that is free from other distractions. Libraries are a popular choice, but if you are a night owl, you may find that other locations like an all-night coffee shop provide lots of peace. You need to get away from anything that would distract you from your work.

Next, you need to get organized. Many students spend a significant amount of their time simply organizing and arranging their materials, rather than actually studying. The secret is to come up with a plan for your materials and stick to it, so that you don't waste valuable study time trying to find things. Create a binder that will hold everything you need for a particular class. Keep notes, study guides, class hand-outs, and anything else that you may need in a neatly divided binder so that you have everything in one place.

When you are ready to study, how can you make the process more efficient? Start by going over your notes, and make an outline of the most important information in your notes. Look up any words from your notes, lectures, or text that you are unfamiliar with. Remember that memorizing material is inefficient, you should instead learn the material, which means that you understand the context of the material and can apply it to your future job.

Create a system of file cards to cover important areas of each class, and keep adding to it. You will want to write down a brief bit of information on each topic so that you can flip through the cards to help refresh your memory on topics like clinical skills, disease and epidemiology, and anything else that you will need to know throughout your career.

Study groups can be a very efficient way to cover material that you need to know, but only if they are organized properly. Find people who you are comfortable working with, and people who can stay on-task. Agree on a time and place to meet, and assign each person in the study group a portion of the material to cover and explain to the group. Create practice test questions, and talk to each other about material that you feel is important.

When you are done studying, you should feel confident in the material you have covered. You will need to experiment with different strategies in order to find the right one for you. Taking the time to understand how to study will save you time in the long run- and it will also save you a lot of stress!

Steven C. Brown is helping nursing students prepare for exams and tests. Read more about []nursing careers and the []TEAS test on his website.

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