During the last year of nursing school, I revamped how I studied to keep on top of my organization and to have a better understanding of the material being presented. You can find my first Nursing Student Study Tips post for additional tips. My motto is, and always will be, study smarter, not harder.
These are cheap and effective. I was able to pull folders on specific topics and this allowed me to better focus. These are especially helpful to refresh for finals and to keep you on track. These can be purchased in boxes of 100 from Amazon.com; either plain or colored.
Write on the folders directly:
- Tabs – Section and Required Reading
- Front – Objectives (Print and tape)
- Inside – Important information overview for body system/topic
- Back – Medications
Study materials to include inside the folder:
- Concept Maps
As I read, I filled out these concept maps, only including information that was important and different.
On the back of the sheet, write mnemonic devices and sayings that will help you with that specific diagnosis.
- Brain Boards
After making your manila folder and concept maps, get together with a group and teach the group the nursing process of the diagnoses on your concept map using Assessment, Diagnoses, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (ADPIE). Take a picture and add it to your folder or store it digitally.
- Latte Sheets
Straight A Nursing Student came up with this Latte concept that helped a lot of my peers better understand diseases and the nursing process for each. Everyone learns differently and I definitely recommend at least trying them to see if they work for you.
No matter what study method you use, NCLEX questions should be used to test you knowledge, and reinforce all the information you have learned.
- Do NCLEX questions every evening
- Read every rationale for each question, whether you missed it or got it correct
What study method do you use? Will you implement this study method?