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Coming Around on Study Buddies (Kind Of)

Published March 23, 2012 10:29 AM by Frank Visco

I’m deep into my second semester now, with only six more weeks of class and three more clinical weekends. With everything quickly coming to a head, it’s gotten to the point where it feels like I’m taking a test or turning in an assignment every few days. I’m sure many students are dealing with the same issues, and so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss study habits.

Generally, I prefer to study alone. I’m an outliner. Even if a teacher provides me with a PowerPoint outline, I outline that outline. It’s my process. I like retyping my notes, having Google and my book on hand to flesh out any confusing aspects. Once I’m done doing that, I get the best results by reading aloud to myself, explaining things as if I were preparing to give a speech.

That’s just my way – at least it has been since I started my first tour of college back in 2004 (before that, studying was less a process, more a cramming session or mere fluke happenstance). Up to this point, it’s worked really well for me.

Despite this, I recently have come around to the idea of study buddies. I’m not a total convert. I’m not meeting up with my group every week or anything like that. However, I have become a big fan of meeting up with a group think tank two to three hours before a scheduled test.

Theoretically, I believe this to be more effective than studying together. If we had done so, we’d all have focused on the same things and would essentially be of the same mind. In this way, we all bring our separate studying experiences to a meeting and then compare knowledge, helping fill in the gaps for one another.

For instance, a few weeks back, I mentioned the ABCDE method of assessing suspicious lesions to a friend during a session. He had overlooked that aspect during his studies, and so I gave him the rundown (Asymmetry, Borders, Color change, Diameter, Elevation/enlargement). On the ensuing test, that topic presented as a five-point fill-in, and he was able to answer it with no problem. I have benefited in similar ways – I came to realize I had majorly misinterpreted my notes on fetal positioning during the birthing process by listening to another student discuss the idea at a recent meeting, and so when a question popped up on the test, I was ready for it.

With finals looming, I encourage anyone looking to improve their study habits to give this method a shot. Not only does it help improve test scores, but it also seems to aid in knowledge retention, which is the ultimate goal and should go a long way toward improving our abilities as nurses.


Earlier this year, I posted about study buddies , and how I had come around to the idea of them after

December 20, 2012 3:09 PM

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