Top 5 Study Methods

Written by: Rebecca Borton



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As a student nurse, mastering effective study methods is crucial for not only understanding complex medical concepts but also for excelling in clinical practice. Balancing coursework, placements, and exams requires strategic studying techniques that optimise learning and retention. In this blog post, we'll explore five top study methods tailored specifically for student nurses to help them succeed in their academic journey and beyond.

  1. Active Recall : Actively retrieving information from memory is a highly effective study technique. Instead of simply re-reading notes or textbooks, actively quiz yourself on the material. This can involve using flashcards, summarising key concepts in your own words, or teaching the material to someone else.

  2. Spaced Repetition : Spacing out study sessions over time, rather than cramming all at once, has been shown to improve retention and long-term memory. Use spaced repetition techniques to review material at increasingly longer intervals as you master it, reinforcing your understanding over time.

  3. Pomodoro Technique : This time management method involves breaking study sessions into short, focused intervals (usually 25 minutes), separated by short breaks. After completing four intervals, take a longer break. The Pomodoro Technique helps maintain focus and productivity while preventing burnout.

  4. Mind Mapping : Mind mapping is a visual technique that involves creating diagrams to organise and represent information. Start with a central topic and branch out into subtopics, connecting related ideas with lines or arrows. Mind maps can help with brainstorming, organising thoughts, and making connections between concepts.

  5. Teach Others : Teaching material to someone else is a highly effective way to reinforce your own understanding. Whether it's explaining concepts to a study partner, tutoring classmates, or creating educational content like videos or blog posts, teaching forces you to articulate your thoughts and solidify your knowledge

Mastering effective study methods is essential for student nurses to succeed academically and excel in their future nursing careers. Remember, finding the study methods that work best for you may require experimentation and adaptation over time, so stay flexible and open to new approaches.

Happy studying!

Study Tools to help

Mind maps offer numerous advantages, such as:

  • Boosted creativity and clearer thinking
  • Enhanced memory retention and recall capabilities
  • More efficient organisation and planning skills

Flashcards are one of my favourite tools as theyre so visual and versatile. You can test yourself, or other and pin them up everywhere as constant reminders.

Here is an example of some of the flashcards we have. We also have flashcards on anatomy and physiology and medication too.


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