Post # 1
I’m a dietetic student and am beginning to get heavy into the boi’s and chem’s. Any study tips? I’m very interested in the topics and am basically just trying to get my self pumped up for the upcoming semesters…I’m still taking my prerequisites for chemistry, but should be starting on them within the next semester or so.
Please share some sanity tips!!
So far I’ve found note cards and a good professor to be the best. I use ratemyproffesor.com to choose my prof. before the semester.
Post # 3
I’m a nursing student! My best tip would be to make study aids as you go to the classes, rather than waiting the week before the test and to allow AT LEAST a week to study for the test, instead of trying to cram.
The best thing you can do is to teach the material to someone else, that’s how you know you’ve got it.
Also, make best friends with the people in your program so you feel like you have somewhat of a life.
Ps: there was something else but it flew out of my head before I could type it so I’ll come back later if I think of it. lol
Post # 4
@paigers91: Thank you! I never thought of trying to teach it to someone else. That’s a great idea.
Any more tips? 🙂
Post # 5
Nursing! (with 3 months to go :))
1) when your going to study, turn OFF the computer.
2) Keep your smart phone, or any phone waaaay out of reach.
3) bring anything you need with you in the room and no leaving after you’ve started (snacks or whatever)
4) Try to study in a quiet place, outside or in your school library.
5) Use the internet or any other sources to really understand what the content is about if you don’t get it
6) Ask questions
7) Eat a good meal before tests and never bother craming the night before, get at least 8 hours of sleep.
That all being said, I am a professional crammer and almost never follow any of these rules, EXCEPT getting a good night’s sleep, that one I never skip. lol
Post # 6
@HoneyBunnyBride13: Lol, can you be my new best friend?
One more tip! Take some time before a test to relax.
Seriously, my grades plummet when I freak out and stress and try to skim my notes one last time right before the test. When I get relaxed and think about something else and maybe go to lunch and get my mind off the test, it makes it so much better. My fiance and I used to have a tradition that we’d go get mexican food before one of my tests. So relaxing (our schedule doesn’t allow that now)
Post # 7
Hello! I am a nursing student! I will be done in 2 years! I am just finishing biochem and let me tell you, do NOT get behind or you will be screwed! I am so serious. I know a few people who are about to fail this term because they did bad on the first few tests. Take time on the test! And get a good nights sleep, do not stay awake all night studying because it will not help your grade. I have a classmate that is living proof of that. Also, make sure to study in spurts. Do not just bombard yourself with material for hours on top of hours. Take breaks while studying and make a lot of flashcards. They have an iPhone app called flashcards deluxe and I highly recommend it! Also, I love the Khan Academy for sciences and math. Google it and you will find his site, it will help with chem. Good luck!
Post # 8
Flash cards were my life saver in nursing school. Study groups were helpful before exams too.
Post # 9
I just graduated from nursing school last May.
Pretty much, I took all of our classroom material (mostly PowerPoint) and filled them in with really detailed notes from class, and then would go into the book and supplement the teachers notes further. From there, I would make my notes into flash cards.
For some exams I literally had 400 flashcards. I would give myself about 5 days to study all the cards…I would memorize them in sets of 10 cards.
I was at the top of my class. It’s time-intensive, but I wanted to get excellent grades in nursing school to open doors for graduate school!
Post # 10
@soinlove22: Yes! I have all of mine saved! Flashcards are the ONLY way I can ensure a good grade for myself!
Post # 11
Get a good calculator and make sure you know how you use it before you begin! I think by now you probably know what works best for you as far as how to study. I do agree with the poster who said that teaching others is a good way to reinforce what you’re studying.
Also, for chemistry, when your professor says memorize something (such as polyatomic ions, strong acids & bases, organic reactions, etc), take her seriously!
Post # 12
One more year of nursing school and here’s what I’ve got so far…
1. Don’t EVER get behing on your reading, it’s almost impossible to get caught up again.
2. Become friends with your professors. I’ve never talked to a professor in my life until nursing school but it really helps to get to know them. (also this will be great in the future if you ever need a letter of recommendation).
3. Find a study-buddy. This doesn’t mean you have to study together necessarily… but have someone who is as dedicated as you are that you can call up if you’re just not understanding something.
4. Get a planner. Yes, I feel like a 50-year-old woman, but seriously, my planner is a life saver.
5. Take notes on anything you don’t know in whatever way works best for you (flashcards, flow charts, diagrams, or just regular old notes). I type notes as I read, then reread and highlight them, then teach the information to someone (usually FI, poor guy), and then review them one last time before an exam. I definitely think taking notes in your own words helps a lot more than highlighting and rereading the textbook. (Plus I use slang in my notes all the time that makes me laugh when I’m rereading the notes so that’s always a bonus).
6. Take some time for yourself every day to do whatever you want for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes. No one can study and work all day. You will burn out really fast.
Post # 13
I’m working on my Masters in Nutrition and RD internship! I’m currently a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. I went to nursing school and I was 1 semester from graduating but I decided I couldn’t drug my patients with harmful chemicals any longer when I could easily help them through diet/lifestyle changes. This is what has helped me the MOST:
-Practice case studies on your family and friends. It’s one of the best ways to remember vitamin, mineral, calculations, etc.
-Study 4 days/week on each course to know that material cold!
-Share what you learned w/ someone! Just talking about it helps to remember what you learned.