As a nursing student inundated with tests and class and studying, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing this. So while you’re memorizing facts or data, also think about how you would talk to a patient about his condition. You certainly couldn’t just spew medical jargon and data at him, you’d have to explain the condition or treatment in terms a patient would understand. Self-test: if you can do this, you definitely know the material. Plus, this tactic will actually make you a better nurse.
There is huge merit to studying in a group. You can:
In a study group, it’s also easy to waste a lot of time. Gossip and too much commiserating can get in the way of productive study time. Don’t be a victim of this. You will also find that different people study together differently. Some people will want to talk out every theory and topic, while others want to work individually and then silently compare notes at the end. Some nursing students love quizzing, others hate it. Get to know your own study style before you go looking for a study partner or group. That way you can find someone like minded, rather than finding out halfway through that it’s not me, it’s you.
Though your instructors will assign many chapters plus outside materials to you each week, you can’t possible memorize everything. So instead of spreading yourself thin across too much material, think of what your teacher spent the most time reviewing in class. Focus on these key points for the bulk of your studying.
You may think you’re preparing by studying four hours straight, but your brain says otherwise. The human brain (and body) needs breaks to re-energize. Set a timer and make sure you get up and move around for 10 minutes of each hour. Perhaps put on your favorite song and have a dance party. Or go stand in the sun and soak up that vitamin D. Make sure to give your mind and your butt regular breaks, so you can return with ninja-like focus.
Now that you’ve got your studying skills down, we’ll talk about how to test like a ninja. Stay tuned for part 3!
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