How to conquer nursing school exams

Stories - Theme Nurse TestThe quintessential factor to easing anxiety is to plan ahead and use essential studying skills in the weeks before exams. Preparing for exams will be much easier if you utilize proper study techniques and do not procrastinate.


There are a variety of advantages students can benefit from when recording lectures.Recorded lectures can be listened to while you are studying or reviewing for a quiz or an exam, and can be especially useful if your nursing professor speaks too fast and hampers your ability to take a complete set of notes. Regardless of the reason, there are a variety of strategies you can use to get the most from voice recording of your nursing lectures.

  • First and foremost before you record a lecture, ask your professor for permission.
  • Sit in the front of the class if you plan on recording. Depending on the acoustics of the classroom, sitting in the back of the classroom may not be a good idea.
  • Prepare your voice recorder before arriving to class.
  • Make sure you have a fresh set of new batteries. Test your device to make sure you know how it functions and that it is working properly.
  • The last thing you want is to arrive in class and the recording is not functioning.
  • Remember to position your voice recorder on a stable surface. Ask your professor permission before placing the recording on the podium.
  • Finally, remember to turn the voice recorder on and point it towards the lecturer.

Rewriting Notes

Besides showing up for class, the best thing you can do is take effective notes. Taking incomplete notes will be a waste of your time and when it comes to preparing for exams, you will be at a loss. On that note, taking good class notes will serve as a vital resource when studying for exams.

  • It is of the utmost importance that your lecture notes be accurate, complete and make sense to you.
  • A key aspect to note taking is to review them after class while they are still fresh in your mind.
  • This is a good time for you to rewrite your notes, correct spelling errors, filling in any missing information, and add any additional information as needed.
  • The practice of rewriting your notes is an opportunity that will help you improve your organization thereby making your notes easier to study from.
  • Finally, rewriting your class notes helps to reinforce, “lock” and retain the information.

You Tube Videos

The semester is in full swing, and for many students it means many hours of studying and examinations. Luckily in the technologically-driven world we live in, the internet provides tools that make studying a breeze! One subject students spend hours of time studying is nursing. Sometimes it is difficult to capture everything in class, so a great study technique is to google topics covered in class on YouTube. By accessing YouTube videos, this will enable you to see the same topic explained from varying perspectives to help you understand the material.

Ask Questions

There are at least three possible reasons why a student will not ask their professor a question in class:

  1. They do not understand the topic.
  2. The student is too embarrassed or shy to ask a question.
  3. They do not want to hold the class back.

If you have a question about something the professor said or did not say in class, ask it immediately, briefly, and specifically. The more brief and specific your question, the better. When questions arise, pursue them until you get an answer that you understand, and which makes sense to you. Remember the old adage, “No question is ever dumb.”

Go to Every Review

A review session should be used to answer any questions to help clarify any concept the student is not understanding. Students should not expect a review session to be an “in” to what exactly will be tested. A review session is not to reteach content but rather to enable students the opportunity to bring their questions for further clarification. If a professor offers a review, it is important to attend those reviews and come prepare with questions you may have. This will help clear any cobwebs regarding a specific topic.

Don’t Second Guess Yourself

By second-guessing yourself, you become your own worst enemy! Second guessing yourself on exams is often a lack of self-confidence, over thinking a question or assuming the professor is trying to trick you. Classroom examinations test your knowledge and understanding of a subject matter. So, the bottom line is, when you know the material well, you will feel confident when selecting your answer choices, and less likely to second-guess yourself.  Many of you have heard the saying, “never change your answer!” The idea is that your first answer choice is usually correct, so go with it!

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