Understand your learning style.
At this point in the game, you should know how you learn best. Do you do best with note cards? Are you an audio learner? Are you more visual? Either way, you should be able to identify how you learn best and that is the way you should study.
There is so much evidence that we think more clearly after eating a good breakfast. Try to eat foods that supposedly boost your brain power (it can’t hurt, right?!?). These foods include fruit and nuts.
Stay away from foods that will make you want to take a nap, such as foods high in refined sugar. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! Remember to stick healthy snacks in your pocket in case you have a chance to have a munch or two.
Don’t review things you already know.
It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how much time you waste going over things you already know the answer to. If you know the answer, you know the answer! Stop reviewing the material you already know and concentrate on the stuff you aren’t sure of.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Do not study all night. Do not even study late the night before your exam. Stop studying early in the evening and try to relax. Do things that help you de-stress. Then make sure you have all the absolutely essential things you’ll need to take the exam (like your identification) and get everything ready for the next morning. And then just continue to de-stress!
Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, or however much sleep you think you’ll need to feel rested.
Understand the process.
By now you should completely understand the nursing process. When you’re answering questions on your exam, don’t create scenarios. Read what’s in front of you and just answer the question. Don’t think of every different kind of situation it might apply to. Also remember that the answer with the least amount of intervention is usually the right one.
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