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    I am in my second semester of nursing school and I can’t seem to find a good way to study for exams. I am always studying but I don’t seem to be retaining the right information or I’m not studying the right information. Any advice or study tips? I made it through last semester with two B’s but I would like to do better this semester.

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    Pam Vendsel

    I am almost done and I found making note cards of terms you don’t know will help. Also, always make sure you read the nursing dx. in each chapter. This tells you what assessments you need to do, what you should watch out for etc. It is basically a mini-care plan. These will really help you with test questions. I had some of the same problems as you did Linda when I first started. You need to understand the big picture of each unit you are studying, then try understanding the little stuff. Almost always the first things a chapter focuses on are the most important and by the end of the chapter are the least important items. At least that is what I have found in my schooling.
    Try to find a study buddy that you can study with too, is extremely important.
    Best of luck,

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    I have been out of nursing school for 10 years but I still remember those tests… Here’s a tip that usually works it can be expensive but go to your instructors office ya know just to ask a question see what NCLEX books she has in there. That is where they get the test questions… hope this helps good luck and remember RN=C



    I’m on the same boat as you . I started recording lectures and listening to them over at home . This way I can really see what my teacher puts emphasis on and if she says it three times over again , you can bet you’ll see it on an exam somewhere. Also there are good websites (quizlet.com) that give you learning activities , practice questions , and games that cover the material you’re learning . I’m giving it all a try until i find what my beast method for retaining information is . Sigh !
    Wish I could just sleep on the pillow and wake up with knowledge .

    Best of luck to you !!

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