Fun fact. So you know how a lot of your
professors will assign you an insane amount
of reading every week, like the whole book?
And when you look at it, you're like, "How
could they possibly expect me to read all of
this?!" It is quite literally impossible to
read all of your assigned readings, eat
and sleep and just survive.
And what's really annoying about this, your
teachers know this.
They don't expect you to actually read at
Why do they assign it? That's a really good
And we'll have to ask Prof.
Lawes about that, because I am not a
teacher, so I cannot give you an answer to
that. But I can share some tips for how you
can focus your
studying when the entire book is assigned.
Step one: Narrow this down.
I want you to go find your syllabus.
Ideally, your professor should have broken
things down into modules and each
module should have an objective.
These objectives are the key to
understanding what your professors actually
want you to know out of all of the
information that they are handing you.
Now, next, once you have these objectives, I
want you to go grab your notes and on your
notes, write the objective you need to know
at the top of a sheet of paper,
one objective per page.
Next, go searching for the information that
will help you fulfill all of
those specific objectives you wrote on the
And when you find information related to the
topic, take notes below the
corresponding objective to keep this
information focused on that page where you
need to learn it and really easy to come
back to later.
And when you've done all your notes, you've
reviewed the topic, and you feel like you
have sufficiently answered the objective,
move on to the next one.
This will make your studying so much more
guided, instead of you just like
reading through everything and trying to
pick out what's the most important on your
own. But if your professor does not provide
objectives for the modules, I
don't want you to panic. You might just have
to put in a little bit more work to find the
most important information on your own.
And in that case, before you read any text,
I just want you to go through
the section you're assigned and read all of
the things that are highlighted in boxes and
look at all the images.
If the publisher put the energy into making
an image or a table related to the
information, that specific topic is probably
I want you to focus on those topics and seek
to find out the safety information
related to that.
Also, Lecturio has a magical feature called
Bookmatcher, where you take a
picture of a page that you're assigned in
your book, and it will automatically identify
the key topics found on that page and send
you videos to literally watch.
So it will teach you. So, honestly, do not
panic if your teacher doesn't assign you
objectives and stuff.
It's going to be okay.
So let's recap really quick here.
Safety when you're reviewing everything,
safety is key here.
No matter what you are reading or the
objectives are or you're hunting for
information on your own, whatever it is, be
constantly asking yourself, "what
is the safety implication of that
information that I just read?" While you
study, as you're going through everything,
"what is the safety implication of that?"
Because nursing school exams will always,
always focus on safety.
More on that later.
And next, let's figure out how if reading a
book, maybe that's not even the best way that
you actually learn.
And what are your other options?