5 Essential Study Tips for Nursing School

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study tips for nursesJuggling course outlines, reading assignments, papers, exams, and clinical rotations initially may seem overwhelming and nearly impossible. It’s no secret: attending nursing school is complicated, especially if you want to have any kind of social life. But before you stress out over your next big exam or feel underprepared for rotation, adopt a few of these nursing school tips:

Experiment with Notes – Every teacher and every class is different, but notes are always essential. Start with a basic outline format (headlines and bullet points), then adjust as necessary. Always try to leave a little space between bullet points, to one side, or on the back of the previous page to add your own thoughts as you read book chapters, work on assignments, etc.

  1. The Tape Recorder – Some students love this method of study, while others will record every lecture but never play anything back. If you tend toward the latter, try only recording lectures that are exam reviews. It’ll help you hone in during crunch time.
  2. Apply the Concepts – Don’t study to pass an exam. The subjects you are learning are essential to prepare you for your health career. Instead, always be looking at the bigger picture. How do the concepts apply to real life applications? This also means constantly asking questions you think up during lecture, while reading, or on rotation. Don’t just let the questions sit in your notebook.
  3. Utilize Everyone Around You – Other students may be able to answer questions you have or lend you notes if you miss a day, not to mention that study groups can encourage you to be prepared. Instructors are also an often untapped source for answers and guidance. Reach out!
  4. Repetition – Flashcards are a nursing student’s bread and butter. Build them for any concepts that are troublesome to you. You may even choose to make a habit of creating them for vocabulary as you read. Flip through these while waiting for class to start or on break at the clinic.

While it’s good to keep these tips in mind, every student is different. You must ultimately figure out your own best study practices, routine, and path to success. Ask your peers and those who have come before you what worked for them. Adapt to new courses and challenges as a step-by-step process. And, when you can, utilize study guides and reference materials during those spare moments between classes and duties.

If you’re looking for a study guide or reference material, you might try those offered through Tafford. We’ve got a BarCharts materials for everything from human anatomy flash cards to pocket guides for the nervous system and various individual body parts. It’s also beneficial to study our general First Aid aches and pains guide no matter what your final health career goal might be.

Need help in a more specific area of study? Organic chemistry is always a tough hurdle, and the BarCharts Organic Chemistry reference guide is a good reminder of the basics.

Depending on your nursing focus, there are also specific guides like the BarCharts Pediatric Nursing Reference Guide and the BarCharts Surgical Nursing Reference Guide. For more options like these, take a look at the full selection of study materials offered through Tafford.

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