Nursing school comes with lots of hurdles; from mastering the content to perfecting the practical sessions. All this can get easier with a little more planning, time management, and concentration. Below are a few tips that can help you handle the exams and succeed in your nursing course overall.
Attend all your classes
College classes are often quite lenient when it comes to attendance so you may be tempted to skip a few classes. Before you do, remember when you miss sessions, you miss out on firsthand information and catching up may take longer than if you attended the class.
Take note of key points especially when your lecture stresses on specific points. When you jot down information, you are more likely to retain it. Also, short notes make it easier to understand facts during your revisions and discussions.
Show up for clinical sessions. Practically, you can remember what you can see and do better than reading theories. Clinical courses help you to practise what you learn in class therefore missing would be a significant loss on your side. Be as interactive as possible to help you learn new skills and exchange ideas with others.
Participate in class. Mostly, you will remember things you discussed or heard better than what you read by yourself. Let your lecturer explain points you don’t understand and don’t shy away from asking questions.
Plus, preparing for a nursing degree exam calls for attention and a lot of time to grasp the content. Create a timetable of your study sessions to balance the time you put into studying each unit of your course. If you have discussions with your peers, set aside specific times and spare some for self-study.
Balance your life
Create a balance between school, work and other activities. For example, if you are participating in an upcoming school event, plan accordingly to avoid focusing on that and neglecting your class work. Additionally, take breaks while studying to recharge and freshen up your mind.
What works best for your study group friend may not yield good results for you. Some people learn by seeing, some by hearing, and others by reading extra hours. Reading in small bits might be helpful for you while for others studying a pile of notes is best for them. Evaluate yourself to determine the learning styles that work best for you. Essentially, the best style is which you can understand faster, retain information, and apply knowledge.
Change your thinking
As a nursing student, you may carry the idea that long hours of mastering your course make you a better student. But all that information may not be helpful to your patient. The idea is to apply what you learn. Remember, as much as a condition presents in specific symptoms, your patient may not be facing all of that. Therefore, it’s important to think in terms of the actions, not the facts.
One of the main reasons for failing exams is ignoring important instructions. Instructions are guidelines on how to tackle questions presented to you. Whether it’s the clinical classes or your theory paper, always pay attention to the slightest of details in the instruction section. Also, seek help from your instructors if the guidelines are not clear to prevent unnecessary mistakes while answering questions.
Completing your nursing exams can be a fulfilling achievement, but you have to put in the extra work. It is a commitment where you have to plan time, understand the entire course, and have the right approaches when studying. Also, you need to know your capabilities as an individual, point out your weaknesses and work best to overcome the challenges.
Special thanks to Eileen O’Shanassy for providing us with this article. Eileen is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking, and you can find her on Twitter @eileenoshanassy.