As a junior, I’d like to believe I’ve had plenty of time to figure out a good studying method to rock nursing school. However, after coming from a challenging high school, freshman year was easy, but sophomore year was a big reality check. With a sudden increase in the amount of material we were expected to learn, studying the night before was no longer an option. So here is my go-to method that has been working for me since then:
- When taking notes, I only use my laptop now. I type faster and I can ensure I get every piece of information that comes out of the professor’s mouth
- When I get home (I commute), I take an hour break and then look at the classes I’ve had that day
- I reaaaally don’t like studying so to trick my brain into thinking there’s not that much information, I organize notes by their powerpoint headings and break them into little columns
- I write down EVERYTHING, powerpoint notes and lecture notes. If I understand a topic, I write a quick summary or rewrite a particularly lengthy section in my own words
- I keep up with my classes each day and then around 4 days before the exam, I start going through the notes and casually studying.
- The night before an exam, I open up a blank word document and pick a topic and just start typing everything I know about it. When I go back to my notes and see if I missed something, I’ll know that’s what I have to focus on
- While nursing is definitely more about understanding the topic and applying the information, you have to have the content memorized to have some sort of reference to pull from
- The day of the exam, I google quizlet quizzes on those topics to see how much I can answer
So that’s my general study method! It seems like a lot of work and it is but if you keep up with it every day, you would only be spending around 2 hours making these study guides for each class that day (if the class is about an hour).This has gotten me A’s in subjects like pathophysiology (98/97’s on each exam), but I’m still figuring out how to answer those NCLEX questions so I’ll have to get back to you on that…
How do you study?