Once accepted into an accredited nursing or medical school program, you will be expected to complete a rigorous curriculum heavy on the basic sciences: anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, and pharmacology.
Getting in tune with your own personal learning strengths is key to developing and improving successful study habits that can spell the difference between success and frustration in a highly competitive environment.
Over the past 20 years voluminous research has been devoted to better understanding how we learn. Learning approaches that cater to individual learning strengths are helping teachers adopt more effective teaching practices and students learn more effective study skills.
From a learning standpoint, the more diverse and varied the ways we acquire and study information, the better the chance new learning will root and be retained, allowing the students to apply concepts divergently, or in a number of situations, and under different circumstances.
Mind/Body Studying Techniques
Whether or not your chosen field is in nursing or medical school, modern learning research has laid to rest a time honored assumption among educators, no matter the subject.
The idea that learning is essentially a mental exercise has been the source of frustration for students and teachers for millennia. Modern research primarily in the field of special education has shown this idea is essentially false.
Learning is not all in your head. Studies on brain activity of students whose primary study approach depends primarily on rote memorization without relevant application, were shown to make fewer neurological connections. The result: weaker retention rates, frustration and low self-esteem.
Memory and mnemonic techniques
Memory and mnemonic techniques are simple memorization strategies that access or Que, prior knowledge and mental associations. These techniques are an especially helpful studying aid for nursing and medical school students who are expected to learn and master specific process and procedure oriented information.
The idea is to assign a memorable word beginning with the first letter of each step of the process or content to be memorized. The middle school nonsense statement: “Please excuse my dear aunt sally” is an example of a mnemonic device used to help pre-algebra students remember the order of operations for solving multi-step algebraic equations.