If you are a current nursing student, you probably know that we ALL need a little extra help with our classes sometimes! But in many schools that help can be difficult to find. So what are your options? Do you study with your classmates, who may be struggling as much as you are? Do you ask your nursing instructor for extra help, even though she’s overworked and underpaid? Or do you just try to figure it out on your own?
Some students are fortunate enough to have a 4th option: a nursing tutor. When I was a nursing student, I was able to do peer tutoring through my university. Basically, that meant that the school paid me a little bit of money, and students in the nursing program could come during my tutoring hours to receive academic help in a one-on-one or small group setting. Best of all, this extra tutoring help was free for the nursing students.
The downside was that I happened to be the only nursing tutor available in the entire nursing program. And I obviously had my own schoolwork and clinical schedule to focus on, so I had a limited amount of time to offer for tutoring. And if a nursing student had another obligation during my scheduled tutoring hours, they were out of luck and had to find help elsewhere.
Since graduating, I don’t think my nursing program has been able to find another student to offer peer tutoring. Which means that there are a lot of nursing students struggling to figure things out within the limited resources available. And if that’s happening at my former nursing school, I’m certain it’s happening at a lot of nursing schools across the country.
I want to help! I have a passion for teaching, and it breaks my heart to know that there are hundreds or even thousands of AWESOME “almost-nurses” out there who are struggling to reach their potential because they could not find that little extra help they needed during nursing school. So my husband and I developed a plan that will help to solve this problem, and maybe even allow me to do what I love full-time.
We decided to create www.YourNursingTutor.com. I’ll be using this blog to discuss test-taking skills, study strategies, and answer questions that you post in the comments section. I want www.YourNursingTutor.com to eventually become the ultimate resource for nursing students to get the help they need to get through nursing school. And remember, all of the materials that I will be posting are the creative things that have already helped nursing students that I’ve tutored in the past to become successful RNs today!
So what do you think? Like what you hear? Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU would like to see Your Nursing Tutor offer! Are there particular topics that you want me to post NOW? I’m here for nursing students, so if I receive a lot of comments asking for a particular topic (i.e. Cardiovascular, Endocrine), then I will make it a priority to get that material on the website ASAP.
Questions about Med-Surg, Pediatrics, or Maternity Nursing? Not sure why you got an NCLEX-style question wrong? Want some advice on how to deal with a difficult instructor or classmate? Need to get your test-anxiety under control? Ask me!! Post your questions in the comments section of my blog, or email them to me at Nicole@YourNursingTutor.com. I look forward to getting to know you and watching you all grow into the wonderful nurses I know you will be!