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Case study Medical-Surgical Nursing

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Lewis: Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8
th
Edition
Study and Exam-Taking Tips
Assess Your Study Skills
Set Goals
Organize Tasks
Create a Schedule
Use Your Resources
Create Flash Cards
Master the Textbook
Take Effective Notes During Class
Review Your Notes After Class
Prepare for Exams
Tips for Taking an Exam
ASSESS YOUR STUDY SKILLS
This quick checklist is intended to help you assess your study
habits. Read each statement and consider how it applies to you. If
the statement applies, check Yes. If it does not apply, check No.
1. Y N I don’t seem to have time to study and enjoy social activities. It feels like
I have to do one or the other.
2. Y N I tend to put off projects and papers until the last minute.
3. Y N I go to my classes, but I either doodle or daydream. Sometimes I have
trouble staying awake.
4. Y N I take notes during lectures but later have difficulty understanding them.
5. Y N I don’t know what is the important content in lectures or in the textbook.
There is too much information to learn.
6. Y N I can’t stay on top of my reading assignments, so I end up cramming all
the reading in right before the test.
7. Y N After reading a chapter, I am unable to remember and recall most of what
I just read.
8. Y N I usually study with the radio or the television turned on.
9. Y N I typically spend hours cramming the night before an exam.
10. Y N Although I study for the exams, my mind goes blank when I go to take
the test.
If you have answered Yes to three or more of the questions above, you really need to
continue on with reading how you can improve your study and exam-taking tips. If you
answered Yes to two or fewer of the above statements, you may not need all the study
tips, but you can benefit from the tips provided in the areas that you may be interested in.
SET GOALS
Begin by setting goals. Make sure they are realistic. A goal of scoring 100% on
all exams is not realistic, but scoring an 85% may be a better goal.

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Study and Exam-Taking Tips
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Goals should set out exactly what you want to accomplish. Do not simply say, “I
will study for the exam.” Specify how many hours, what day and time,
and what material you will cover.
Create a specific time limit on completing each step and a time limit for
accomplishing the overall goal.
State the goal and each step in the plan in a measurable way that will
allow you to assess your progress.
An example of a good goal statement: I will spend 2 hours per day, from 2:00 to
4:00 PM, for the next 7 days studying for the exam covering chapters 1-9 in order
to receive a score of at least 85%.
ORGANIZE TASKS
Divide all the tasks that need to be done into three categories. These include
things that you:
o Have-to-do: These are things that will bring about serious consequences if not
done, such as going to class, going to work, eating, and getting adequate rest.
o Should do: These are things that are necessary but easy to put
off, such as studying, cleaning the house, and paying bills.
These tasks are often overlooked, and these are the jobs for
which time management is most essential.
o Want-to-do: These are fun things that provide pleasure and
escape from the routine of class, work, and study. Realize
that some recreational time is essential for effective time
management. These things can often be used as incentives for
completing what should be done.
Once your tasks are organized, you can create a schedule to accomplish your
goals and get everything done.
CREATE A SCHEDULE
Create two different schedulesweekly and master schedules.
Both schedules should be made by creating a table with seven columns for the
days of the week and one row for each hour of the day that you are awake.

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Lewis: Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th Edition Study and Exam-Taking Tips Assess Your Study Skills Set Goals Organize Tasks Create a Schedule Use Your Resources Create Flash Cards Master the Textbook Take Effective Notes During Class Review Your Notes After Class Prepare for Exams Tips for Taking an Exam ASSESS YOUR STUDY SKILLS This quick checklist is intended to help you assess your study habits. Read each statement and consider how it applies to you. If the statement applies, check Yes. If it does not apply, check No. 1. Y N I don’t seem to have time to study and enjoy social activities. It feels like I have to do one or the other. 2. Y N I tend to put off projects and papers until the last minute. 3. Y N I go to my classes, but I either doodle or daydream. Sometimes I have trouble staying awake. 4. Y N I take notes during lectures but later have difficulty understanding them. 5. Y N I don’t know what is the important content in lectures or in the textbook. There is too much information to learn. 6. Y N I can’t stay on top of my reading assignments, so I end up cramming all the reading in right before the test. 7. Y N After reading a chapter, I am unable to remember and recall most of what I just read. 8. Y N I usually study with the radio or the television turned on. 9. Y N I typically spend hours cramming the night before an exam. 10. Y N Although I study for the exams, my mind goes blank when I go to take the test. If y ...
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