How to digitise studying to help improve time management, productivity and allow easy access to notes, information and study hubs.
Revising for exams or trying to balance work and studying is one of the most stressful juggling acts anybody has to deal with. Worrying about time management, summarising your notes and finding study buddies to make the process easier is harder than it sounds.
Sitting down to study shouldn’t be this difficult and isn’t if you know what you’re doing.
Incase you haven’t noticed; you either have your phone, laptop or tablet on you at all times. So why not use them to study?
As a student nurse you probably don’t spend much time in front of a screen while on placement. So when you do get the opportunity to, why not use it productively?
The web is littered with apps to make studying easier and less stressful, providing easy access to a range of relevant information tailored to your needs.
Create a timetable you can access from anywhere on any device. They mostly take a few minutes and the more detail you include the easier it will be when you refer to it.
”Create a timetable you can access from anywhere on any device”
Apps such as Revision timetable maker and GoConqr are easy to use and help you organise everything, including your free time. They adjust to your life and create new study or revision sessions depending on what you need. Feel free to explore - sign up for a free trial to give yourself the opportunity to use the different apps before committing to one.
It can be a good idea to find another learning platform to supplement what you’ve learnt in lectures. These come in the form of e-learning sites. Your employer may provide access for you, for example your trust may be signed up to Nursing Times Learning, but you might have to register and pay a fee to access all the different tools available.
”The up side of using e-learning is that you can access the site from anywhere”
The up side of using e-learning is that you can access the site from anywhere and it keeps track of your progress. This will come in handy particularly with revalidation or job applications as proof of your progress. The personal passport included in Nursing Times Learning allows you to pick up where you left off saving you time and helping you keep track of your progress.
As shown on Nursing Times Learning, video guides are available if you’re a bit nervous. They provide a step-by-step guide to using the site to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.
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Student nurse forums connect you with other nurses and experts in the field who like yourself are studying or refreshing their knowledge.
If you prefer sticking to your own notes, then maybe try typing them up and keeping them in a Dropbox account. Somewhere you can access them from anywhere and where you know they won’t get damaged or lost.
If you prefer this method, a flashcard app may come in handy for quick revision. Cram, Quizlet or Studyblue can help guide a short study session, using a question and answer process.
They are great for when you wish to test yourself, and see how much you know without the hassle of carrying your cards around with you.
Overall the process of digitising your studying may take a little time but once in motion will save you a lot of it. The great hassle of getting your notes together and protecting them from any spills will be minimised. It’s one less thing to worry about.
Don’t forget your charger!