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Why do I bother? - September 30th 2010, 02:19 PM

If I can't even get a 70% average in a PRE-health course then I really doubt I can ever become a nurse.
It doesn't matter how hard I try and pay attention, I literally CAN'T keep my mind from wandering during a lecture. I can't even force myself to pay attention without going off track. The same goes for studying, nothing registers. I think I'm biologically programmed to be a fucking failure.
   
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Re: Why do I bother? - September 30th 2010, 02:48 PM

Hey there,
I'm sorry you're having a rough time with school right now. I also find it a challenge to pay attention during lectures too. I find that I'm not really an auditory learner, so lectures aren't really my thing when it comes to taking in information.

I'm not sure if you've tried any of these or if they apply to you, but here are a few tips I find help me. Put distractions away. Turn off/put your cell phone on silent and put it in your bag. If you bring a laptop to school and you really don't need it to take notes, keep it off. It's really easy to surf the internet and miss out on important information the prof is saying. If you don't already, try to take notes. Although it's boring, it'll force you to pay attention and you'll have a good study tool to use later on. I'm not sure how your prof presents the lectures but if they use a powerpoint or something like that, maybe you could ask them to post it on the internet so you can print it off ahead of time and bring it with you to class. You can then put jot notes on the sides of the pages or highlight things that seem important.

There are a ton of different ways to study, and not every one is going to work for you. You just kind of have to test a few of them before you find one that fits. Some suggestions are reading (silently or outloud) the material/notes over, studying with a partner, making up questions you think will be on the exam and then answering them, having someone quiz you, re-writing important notes out over and over again, starting to study couple of weeks before the exam, ect.

School may not be the most interesting thing for everybody, but it'll help you get the job you're aiming for. Last of all, don't doubt yourself! Believe that you can do this, and keep yourself motivated by knowing that you're working towards becoming a nurse and you're good enough. Hopefully you find a study method that works for you, and good luck!

Take care. :]


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Re: Why do I bother? - September 30th 2010, 03:53 PM

I agree with everything said above...I know that it can be frustrating when you really want something and it doesn't seem to be working out exactly the way you want it to. Remember why you want to be a Nurse...and focus on that to help motivate and keep your spirits up. Don't give up on yourself...believe you can do this and ask yourself are you giving it 100% your all? Are there other ways of studying that you haven't tried yet or are you forcing yourself to study the same way that you always have been...??? If the way you are doing it isn't working than move on to another method or way because you won't know what will work for you by doing the same thing that isn't working for you...makes sense?
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**Put together a study/mastermind group and meet a couple times/week as this will help with studying. Just by reflecting back on the week's lectures and discussing methods to help the information to stick...will help. Talking out loud helps learning...or SKYPE if it is too difficult to physically get together with someone...put this is a huge help.
***I used to study in front of the mirror as well. This is a simple but yet profound way that helped me through some real tough tests!
***take notes during class but I also purchased a LiveScribe pen...this records the lecture and you can upload the recording (and your lecture notes) to your computer...this pen is amazing and so you can go back and study that way too!

It's true...you have to find what best suits your particular learning type to help you better with information sticking...

Best of luck and hope all these tips move you forward in your endeavors!
   
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Re: Why do I bother? - September 30th 2010, 08:13 PM

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Hey there,

I'm sorry you're having a rough time with school right now. I also find it a challenge to pay attention during lectures too. I find that I'm not really an auditory learner, so lectures aren't really my thing when it comes to taking in information.

I'm not sure if you've tried any of these or if they apply to you, but here are a few tips I find help me. Put distractions away. Turn off/put your cell phone on silent and put it in your bag. If you bring a laptop to school and you really don't need it to take notes, keep it off. It's really easy to surf the internet and miss out on important information the prof is saying. If you don't already, try to take notes. Although it's boring, it'll force you to pay attention and you'll have a good study tool to use later on. I'm not sure how your prof presents the lectures but if they use a powerpoint or something like that, maybe you could ask them to post it on the internet so you can print it off ahead of time and bring it with you to class. You can then put jot notes on the sides of the pages or highlight things that seem important.

There are a ton of different ways to study, and not every one is going to work for you. You just kind of have to test a few of them before you find one that fits. Some suggestions are reading (silently or outloud) the material/notes over, studying with a partner, making up questions you think will be on the exam and then answering them, having someone quiz you, re-writing important notes out over and over again, starting to study couple of weeks before the exam, ect.

School may not be the most interesting thing for everybody, but it'll help you get the job you're aiming for. Last of all, don't doubt yourself! Believe that you can do this, and keep yourself motivated by knowing that you're working towards becoming a nurse and you're good enough. Hopefully you find a study method that works for you, and good luck!


Take care. :]
That was actually really helpful, thank you.
   
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Re: Why do I bother? - October 1st 2010, 11:53 PM

Hi!!
The above posters have really good points and I agree with them. Another thing that you can do that a lot of people undermine or don't realize is ASK FOR HELP. If you can, go talk to your professor and explain to him/her that you're having difficulty and ask how you can improve. Also, universities offer workshops or appointments with counselors where you can go and ask how you can do better. Take advantage of these resources that you are actually paying for!! So many people undermine these workshops but trust me, they ARE worth it!
   
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