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5 Steps to Better Studying

healthcare student study tipsWays Students Can Improve Their Studying Practices

Are you nervous for exam day? Do you have trouble studying for tests? Maybe you want to improve your test performance?

Salter Nursing’s healthcare students are in luck! We offer study tips for those mid-semester exams, tests, and pop quizzes so students can perform to the best of their ability.

Taking notes, studying, and managing your time wisely for exam day are all essential steps to being a great student, these tips may help you improve your time management, long-term retention., and test performance.

Try these 5 tips to maximize your study time:

1. Ten minute breaks
Take ten minute breaks to improve your memory and focus. Research finds that studying for 20-50 minutes with a ten minute break afterwards can significantly increase the way you retain information. Plus, you’ll feel less restless by breaking up your study time.

2. Write your notes
One way to retain information better is to write your notes. Research shows that writing notes instead of typing them can help you remember the content better. While you physically copy notes, your body and mind work together to create visual memories of the content and the physical act.

3. Change study locations
Changing up your study location can be vital to the way we remember and store information. Studying in a location that’s different from your last study session can help improve memorization and makes students less likely to forget information. Your new surroundings can cause associations and strong visual memories with your material, making the content more memorable.

4. Spaced repetition
Spaced repetition, a newer study technique, helps students retain their notes and helps their cognitive functions. First, separate your notes into small sections. Remember to study these regularly over time. You can start by memorizing a few paragraphs of your notes. On every new study session, review your previous session's notes. Keeping the previous sessions notes fresh in your mind will help you remember the content better. If you include ten minute breaks, you can maximize your memory ot its fullest ability.

5. Study before bed
Before tucking yourself in for the evening, grab your textbook and notes to study. Studying before bedtime can help you retain information When you go to sleep, you brain helps process all the information you have been concentrating on for several hours. This can make the information visually and cognitively more accessible in the brain. Just remember to avoid brining your notes into bed because you could loose focus and fall asleep.

If you take advantage of good time management skills and have a serious attitude toward better studying, you could significantly improve your exam performance and avoid test anxiety. Salter Nursing wishes our students the best of luck on their exams!

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