Back when I started nursing school, I was just like you: excited, nervous, and overwhelmed all at the same time! I felt the heavy weight of all the new information I needed to learn. I realized that:
Knowing this stuff could mean the difference between saving someone’s life or killing them!
That’s a little scary.
But what was even scarier for me was looking at my 3-foot high pile of textbooks and wondering how in the world I was ever going to learn everything I needed to know. Whenever I asked my professors what I should study, they answered “everything.” There’s simply not enough hours in the day, and I was frustrated and discouraged.
But I got to work. My mantra has always been “work smarter, not harder.” Gradually, I figured out how to identify the most important information, which test-taking strategies worked best, and how to accomplish what needed to get done. By the end of nursing school, I was calmer and less anxious. Plus, I found that I was actually studying less than I used to, yet still doing well on exams.
I had achieved the mysterious goal of learning “how to think like a nurse.” And it felt awesome.
During this process, I started tutoring other students at my school. Some were my own classmates, and a few were ahead of me in the program, but most of my tutoring students were just starting their own nursing school journeys when I graduated. When I realized that those students were still calling me for tutoring help two years after I had graduated, it occurred to me that maybe I had figured out something that other nursing students needed to know.
It’s not how much you study, but HOW you study that matters the most.
In 2010, my husband and I got to work creating Your Nursing Tutor, and it’s been going strong ever since. Whether you need to try a different way of studying or need a better explanation of how something works, we’re here for you. I’m a real RN, and I really care about your success. I want to do my part to make sure there are more excellent nurses out in the world.
We’d love to have you join our growing community of nursing students who want to see success AND keep their sanity throughout nursing school.
Membership is FREE, and comes with a sampling of my best advice to help you succeed (via videos and downloads).
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