Dr. Shelby Havens, Director of Nursing
Ten Study Tips for Nursing School
(from the Chamberlain University College of Nursing):
Studying is essential to both success as a student and as a nurse. By using strong study habits, you can retain the knowledge for recall later – whether that would be for an exam or working in the field.
Chamberlain University asked their Facebook fans to share their study tips and best practices for nursing school. Here are the top ten responses:
- Don't just learn material for the exam. Learn how the material relates to patient care. If you do this, correct answers can easily be figured out.
- Do not procrastinate! Stay on top of it from the very beginning, even try to get a little ahead if you can. There is no playing catch up in nursing school.
- When you learn and read each chapter, mark down the objectives as you study. These help tremendously. Also, take time when you can for free time away from studying to relax.
- Set deadlines for yourself and stick to it. It stinks to sacrifice time with friends and family, but SO worth it in the end.
- Study frequently. Break it down into small bites, and do not try to memorize.
- Do as many NCLEX-style practice questions in the topic you're studying as possible!
- Invest in a ton of index cards! Copy chapter summaries on them along with the answered questions at end of each chapter and have them with you always!
- Don't procrastinate and make studying a priority! Find friends and study buddies that can help each other through the hard stretches.
- Find a great small study group. We had six in our group, [and] we reviewed everything as a group. Listening to other people’s points of view helped us fully understand the subject matter.
- Make a schedule that works with your life and stick to it like glue! Be determined and do this for yourself! You got this!
“Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution, and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.” – Anonymous