Since this is a second degree nursing program, students often begin their coursework with high expectations and are therefore very hard on themselves. However, studying for nursing classes is like nothing else you’ve done before. Our nursing program is a rigorous one, and the accelerated nature makes it even tougher. Even if you were a solid A or B student in your prior degree program, be prepared to lower your expectations a little, especially when you’re first starting out.
All that said, it’s not by any means impossible to be successful in your progression through the program. Our curriculum is designed to challenge students so you are well-prepared to sit for and pass your board exams. In fact, based on our 97% NCLEX first-time pass rate, I’d say everyone is doing great.
So how do you succeed? Start with these three study tips:
1) Figure out which type of learner you are. The VARK Questionnaire is a great way to identify which study habits work best for you.
2) Establish time management and organizational skills. Everything moves quickly in this program, so staying on top of your coursework is key. This may include having a designated area in your home for studying and scheduling schoolwork and study time on your calendar, treating it just as you would any important commitment.
3) Keep the big picture in mind. When you study, you’ll need to memorize facts and material, but it’s more important to have a strong understanding of key nursing concepts and the relationships between those concepts. Being able to see the whole picture and how processes work and relate to one another is key so that you can apply your knowledge in real patient-care scenarios. You will soon discover that everything relates – even across classes and semesters. Each lesson sets the foundation for the next set of material.