There is no denying that nursing school is a challenge, but that wonderful feeling of accomplishment while walking across stage (while also focusing on not tripping) to accept your diploma, makes it all worth it!
If you are reading this blog I am assuming you should be studying, but no worries! Taking breaks is an important component of my ultimate guide to studying for nursing students.
With that being said, here are 5 ways that you can become a studying guru!
1.Take breaks every 45 minutes
It is recommended that students take mental breaks every 45 minutes. This is due to the fact that the brain is only able to maintain focus for around 45 minutes before it begins to lose steam. Breaks consist of leaving the work area to go outside, talk to a friend on the phone, or get a healthy snack! It does not entail checking your email or stalking your ex boyfriend’s Facebook page.
2. Speak out loud instead of simply reading
This can be done by studying with a partner and practicing with each other or simply by reading your studying materials to yourself. According to research, the dual effect of both speaking and hearing helps you retain more information.
3. Use a blue pen
Studies show that you are more likely to remember something you have written in blue ink than something written in black.
4. Eat healthy and stay hydrated
Eating healthy while studying will help you retain more information and increase concentration. Just like the rest of your body, your brain requires appropriate nutrition to function properly and research shows that improving your food choices may boost your academic performance as well as your overall health.
5. Believe in yourself
You can achieve anything you desire if you set your mind to it. If you prepare yourself, put in the work and focus on your goals, you WILL succeed. It may be helpful to write out motivational quotes and keep them around you while you study!
If you have any helpful studying tips to share with your fellow nursing students, be sure to comment below. Happy Studying!