Skip to content

If you’re seeing this, something has gone wrong

How to Study in Nursing School: 8 Tips from an Expert Nurse Educator

Blog shared from Nurse Jannah’s Osmosis webinar on successful study habits every nursing student should adopt. 

As you’re about to enter into an awesome and powerful field, you’re probably wondering about how to study in nursing school so you won’t get overwhelmed. Adopting smart study habits early on in your education will set you up to be a successful learner, test-taker, and practicing RN. Why not get them right from an expert nurse educator?

Why getting into nursing is a big deal

Did you know that, according to AACN Fact Sheets, nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States, with 3x as many RNs as physicians? This really speaks volumes about the big role nurses play in healthcare, but also about the challenging road to becoming one.

Nurses work in so many different settings and are in charge of a lot of things. They collaborate as a team, but they operate independently of medicine or other fields.

No wonder there’s tons of information to master in nursing school!

All of this can be overwhelming and confusing to any student: maybe it’s too much to learn in a short time, or maybe you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you feel like things aren’t sticking to your memory, or you don’t know what to use to learn, with so many resources available.

As our expert nurse educator shares in our Osmosis webinar: “This happens to a lot of us”. Here are 8 key tips that Nurse Jannah recommends on how to best study for nursing school.  

1. Get a head start on your course material

Try to stay ahead of the game before you even have a lecture. Read the chapters or watch videos and get familiar with the content—whatever the preparation looks like, it’s important to do it ahead of time.

The reason is that it’s really hard to catch up with the study in nursing school, as there’s a lot of ground to cover, and it goes by fast.

Some of the material you’ll learn is easier to understand than others, and that’s OK. Putting in the work ahead of a lecture is the most important part, as you teach your brain to set the right foundation for gaining knowledge. And even if you don’t understand everything, you build on that and let the lecture or next piece of learning help fill in the gaps.

Osmosis illustration of a nursing student working to understand the material.

2. Try making concept maps

Instead of going with the classic way of taking notes—highlighting text and rewriting pages of notes—concept maps are one fun and easy way to study for nursing school.

A concept map is a visual representation of knowledge on a subject that helps you to organize your thoughts on it. Besides being much easier, it’s also an efficient way to understand the information (rather than memorizing it).

Start with the topic you want to learn about and, first, build on it with what you learned. After that, use your notes, videos or other resources to fill in the map and get the whole picture of that topic.

Osmosis illustration of a basic concept map.

3. Meet your learning objectives

This is something that probably many often ignored as students, which you definitely shouldn’t. When you stumble upon your learning objectives (LOs), paying attention to them is one smart way to study in nursing school.

Although it seems just like a list, LOs act much like your guide to studying, because they outline exactly what you should be able to do or competently discuss after successfully learning about them. This is a really good guide to follow especially when you have a lot of content and don’t know what you’re supposed to focus on.

You can find more practical and visual examples of these tips in our webinar.

4. Make a schedule (and stick to it)

Another tip Nurse Jannah has for you is making a schedule that really sets you up for success. This means one that is realistic and adjusted to your life, your time, your responsibilities.

There’s no standard timeframe for the best learning, so the key here is to focus on quality rather than quantity. If your daily schedule allows you to study for nursing school two hours in the morning or three hours in the evening, both are fine as long as it’s according to your real attention span.

Another important thing here is to make sure you can stay committed to your schedule for studying just as you commit to other obligations in life, in a practical way. This will keep you accountable as well.

5. Teamwork makes the dream work

Speaking of accountability, another tip on how to study for nursing school the better way is finding a study partner: a friend, a tutor, or joining a study group to keep you connected.

The best thing about study groups is that you can listen to different perspectives while discussing a topic. Actively listening to how other people think and apply knowledge helps you hone your critical thinking skills. This is one important skill to have in nursing school, as you’re taking different tests and answering different types of questions.

Osmosis illustration of students studying together.

6. Find your learning style

Everybody learns differently: some students are visual learners—and Osmosis makes that easy with 1800+ animated videos for you!—while others learn better by listening to lectures or doing activities.

Try to practice a bit of self-reflection to discover your learning style and find resources that represent it, as primary learning tools. The earlier you discover how you learn best, the easier it becomes to study and not waste your time the wrong way.

7 Practice, practice, practice

Of course, it is also about practicing NCLEX®-style questions during nursing school. Not only it challenges you to apply all the knowledge you gain, but also your ability to think at a high level and analyze data in different ways.

NCLEX®-style questions are unlike any other type of questions you’re used to seeing, which is why practicing them helps to reinforce your understanding of a concept and prepares you for the final exam: the licensure examination.

Osmosis illustration of a nursing student studying contentedly.

8. Don’t forget the basics

Understanding the basics is the biggest starting point in your studying. You need to have a solid understanding of foundational sciences first, such as anatomy and physiology, because all the knowledge you learn in nursing school is based on these and it’s also what makes learning more complex concepts along the way much easier.

And finally… you got this!

And don’t forget to watch the full webinar here: Study for Success: Habits Every Nursing Student Should Adopt.

Osmosis illustration of Nurse Jannah offering nurses encouragement on their nursing journey.
––––––––––––

Content shared from Osmosis

Array
(
    [external_url] => 
)

Sumner College Phlebotomy graduates are thriving in Arizona. Are you next?

If you desire an collaborative career, phlebotomy is the occupation for you. Not only is the profession’s abilities regularly expanding, but phlebotomists are able to

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

#HealthcareCareer in Phlebotomy – Enroll Today at Sumner College Arizona

Sumner College Arizona provides unique opportunities for our students to learn and develop practical experiences before they begin their career.  Phlebotomy continues to grow as

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Nursing Assisting Median Annual Wages

Sumner College offers a Nursing Assistant Program on the Arizona Campus. If you’re looking for a career where you can make a difference in the

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

CNA – Job Projected Outlook 2020-2030

Job Outlook Nursing Assistants and Orderlies Percent change in employment, projected 2020-30 Home health and personal care aides; and nursing assistants, orderlies, and psychiatric aides

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

CNA – Job Summary – What does a CNA Do?

Now is a great time to pursue a career as a Nursing Assistant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Nursing Assistants Job

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Now Hiring – Financial Aid Officer

Financial Aid Officer  Within a centralized financial aid services environment, evaluates, approves, and awards financial aid to students in accordance with federal, state, and college

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Joanna Russell visits with CW’s Nicole DeCosta about the RN to BSN Program at Sumner College

RN's that already have their Associates Degree have so many more options for continuing education. Joanna Russell, President, Sumner College talks with Nicole DeCosta, CW's

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Interview with Joanna Russell and CW’s Nicole DeCosta

Right now is a great time to enter the healthcare field interview with Joanna Russell, President, Sumner College. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwtLsLKZKZc[/embed]

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Informational Sessions – Seats Available June 15th

Sumner College has a few remaining seats open for the June 15th Nursing Informational Session with President, Joanna Russell. It's all online! Sign up now

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Nursing Assistant Types

UCNA, CNA, and LNA Note: As of July 1, 2016, Arizona offers two types of nursing assistant credentials in Arizona: Certified Nursing Assistant, designated as

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Class of 2022 Entering the Best Job Market in Years

Great NBC News story highlighting the job search experience for recent grads like Aga Sophia Noel, an Occupational Therapy Assistance graduate from CECU member career

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Now Hiring – Dean of Students

Sumner College is hiring for a Dean of Students. Title: Dean of Students Supervisor: Vice President Job Summary: The Dean of Students is part of

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Joanna Russell visits with CW’s Everyday Northwest

President, Joanna Russell visited with Ashley Howard from CW's Everyday Northwest to discuss continuing education options in nursing.   [embed]https://youtu.be/2lMNewz-GeY[/embed]

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Tiffany

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Tiffany is a recent PN grad. She shares her story, "Working as a phlebotomist at a plasma

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. Image credit: COURTESY MARK SHIPMAN When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Personal Finance – Here’s How Much Money Phlebotomists Make In Every State In 2022

Phlebotomists perform an invaluable role in the medical world and beyond. They draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, and research, not to mention explaining to

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Sumner College Blood Drive

Last week Sumner College held a blood drive. Here are some photos from the day.

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Sharon

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Sharon is a recent Medical Assisting grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner College’s

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Patrick

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Patrick is a recent LPN grad. He shares his  story, "Prior to enrolling at Sumner College,

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

ALL IN: Johnson&Johnson WellBeing for Healthcare Campaign

ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare is a call to action by #FirstRespondersFirst and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation as a coalition of leading

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Lyric

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Lyric is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to attending Sumner College, I

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

#Hiring a Clinical Coordinator – Nursing Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION Position: Clinical Coordinator for Nursing Programs Supervisor: College President Job Description of Clinical Coordinator: The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for acquiring and maintaining clinical sites

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Sunday, May 7th is Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day from Sumner College!

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Kaitlyn

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Kaitlyn is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Wanting to expand my skills as

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Julie

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Julie is a recent RN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to enrolling in Sumner College’s

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Now Hiring! Nurse Educator Associate Labs & Clinicals

Job Summary: The Nurse Educator Associate will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn