A college has accepted your application to nursing school. Congratulations! Now that you have gone through the process, what do you do next? As the excitement fades, you may wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. If you are going to nursing school for the first time, you probably want to know what to expect and how to survive the first year.
Your first memory of nursing school may be all those voices telling you it’s hard. As you did not let those voices hold you back during the admissions process, do not let them hold you back now. It won’t be easy going to nursing school.
As you flex your brain muscles, you’ll discover that you have more than you think. Consider all the nurses in the world and where they all began. As they made it through, so will you! Here’s how you will do it.
Categorize Your Study Materials
At the beginning of the semester, you will receive a syllabus for each class. During this time, determine how much time you will need to devote to each class. It would help if you never tried to read all your reading assignments for a test at once.
To manage the reading, you must break it into manageable chunks. Reading the information over time will help you retain it better than reading it all at once. Create a reading schedule for yourself in your planner. From the start, you will need to map out your reading plan. The more you know your expectation, the better your project will be.
Try to Study Before Class
It can be a challenge to study before class. The rewards will be great if you do this from the very beginning. It makes you familiar with the material for the second time. It will then be easier for you to concentrate in class. With a foundation for the lecture, you can focus on the information covered. Furthermore, you can try out online study tools with several downloadable documents, like Mark Klimek’s Blue Book, to enhance your studies.
Because you already know and understand some of the material, you won’t have to try to write everything down. Additionally, since you already know what’s in the book, you won’t be concerned that the teacher will cover something in class that’s not in it. With this foundation, you will listen more than write, and your exams will be perfect.
You should learn organization skills if you don’t have them already. To stay on top of everything you receive and not miss deadlines, you will need to organize all the information you receive. Throughout your nursing career, you will use this skill. It can help you care for multiple patients efficiently. Either a paper or digital planner will do.
Managing a nursing school is easier when you plan. Study time will vary depending on what you need to learn. Putting everything off until the last minute is not a good idea. A situation like this can quickly spiral out of control. Nursing school requires good organizational skills.
Manage Your Time
While in nursing school, your time is of utmost importance. Each minute will count. It’s impossible to glide from one week to another without having a plan. Establish a schedule and stick to it.
You don’t have to wait until the last minute to tell yourself you work better under pressure. When you are on time or early, you will feel better.
How to Manage Your Time More Effectively
- Plan — You won’t have any last-minute surprises if you keep a calendar and check it daily or weekly. Schedule daily study time. Make sure you read or review notes consistently.
- Study effectively. You don’t need to study information you already know.
- Do not get distracted by things you do not need to know. Do not spend time looking at a photo in your textbook if it has nothing to do with your work.
- Do not let social media or text distract you. Moderation is still important, but make sure you spend time focused on studying when you can.
Practice Your Exams
Start by assessing yourself without studying. Identify your knowledge and what you need to learn since this will guide your studies. If you fail the mental health section of a practice test but succeed in the cardiac unit, don’t give them equal time.
Make cardiac a priority and dig deep when you’re motivated to study. When you have difficulty focusing but need to learn, pick topics you find easy. Don’t rush through the practice test. Consider simulating a testing environment to get a feel for where you stand. Exams can reveal the truth about what we think we know so that they can be helpful.
Getting the best grades in your nursing course can be rewarding if you put in the extra effort. Studying involves planning time, understanding the entire system, and having the right approach. Furthermore, you should know your strengths and weaknesses and work hard to overcome them.