According to research students who study in groups retain about 90% of what they study, compared to just 60% of what they hear in class and only 10% of what they read. Group study provides moral support and encouragement, and it is a great way to get together and study for an exam. Research shows that groups of three are the most effective.
As a nursing student, you will need to read up on a lot of materials. Trying to retain everything the first time you read will leave you frustrated. Instead of reading everything at one go, try skim reading first. Skim through the material and look at all the headings, subheading, review questions and summaries and then decide which information is important.
You cannot depend on instructor and textbooks alone to understand the subject. One of the best places to look for additional resources is online. Browse the internet and look for the relevant material you can read about your subject. However, your instructor and textbook are considered to be your best and final authority.
Studying to be a nurse can be tough, so take regular breaks when studying. You cannot spend all your time pouring over your books, it will leave you overwhelmed. Take regular breaks so that your mind can absorb and retain what you have studied. Short breaks will increase your energy levels and help you concentrate more.
Bethany Kludt is a hardworking young woman studying to be a healthcare provider.