Change-Setting Goals Changes in the days to come! One of the first changes you may notice about continuing your education is that you have to learn to juggle many things at once. This will include your course work, finances, and maybe your family. Learning how to set priorities is a critical step to successfully handling the challenge. You need to keep your goal in sight at all times and tell yourself you can do this!
Take control of your own life
Adopt the idea that you are responsible for you
Refuse to allow friends and family to tear you down
Control what you say to yourself
Take carefully assessed risks often
Don’t compare yourself to other people
Develop a victory wall or victory file
Keep your promises and be loyal to friends, family and yourself
Win with grace – lose with class
Set goals and maintain a high level of motivation
Persist F? What Do You Mean an F? There will be times when you are disappointed with a grade. What do you do? Be truthful with yourself and examine the amount of time you spent on the project. Consider the following:
Did you attend class regularly?
Did you come to class prepared and ready for discussion?
Did you ask questions in class for clarification?
Did you meet with the instructor during office hours?
Did you seek outside assistance in places such as the writing center or math lab?
Did you ask your peers for assistance or join a peer/study group?
Persist You may be surprised , but the way you act in (and out of) the class can mean as much to your success as what you know. No one can make you do anything or act in any way that you do not want to. Consider the following:
Bring your materials to class daily
Come to class prepared: read your texts and handouts and do the homework
Turn in projects on time
Participate In class
Ask your instructor about the best time to come for extra help
Do not sleep in class
Be respectful to other students
Turn off your cell phone
Call ahead if you are going to be late
Dress for success! Wear the right clothes particularly for clinicals
Persist Staying Power The age old “scare tactic” for students! Look to your left, look to your right – one of those people will not graduate with you. The great news is that you do not have to be that person! Consider the following:
Make use of every academic service offered by the university
Work hard to understand your learning style
Work hard to develop a sense of community
Join a club or an organization
Watch your finances carefully
Visualize your Goals
Maintain a sense of self esteem and self respect
Learn to budget your time
Attend classes regularly
Prioritize We all procrastinate, then we worry and promise we’ll never do it again and if we can just get through this day. We say things to ourselves like, “If I can just live through this test, I will never wait until the last minute again.
Prioritize Consider the following:
Face up to the results of procrastination
Concentrate on the rewards of managing yourself and your time
Break up big tasks into small ones
Give yourself a time limit to accomplish a task
Set a regular time for study and do not vary from it
Start studying with positive, realistic thoughts
Establish study habits
Set reasonable, concrete goals that you can reach in about 20 to 25 minutes
Face fear; look it right in the face
Get help from your instructor
Avoid whining and people who whine and complain
Allow yourself more time than you think you need to complete an assignment or to study for a test
Practice your new study habits for 21 days
Actually reward yourself when you have accomplished an important body of work
Start on the difficult, most boring tasks first
Find a quiet place to study
Balance your load
Read Is Reading FUNdamental or Just Pure Torture?
Read What are the top two academics problems among students today? The two greatest problems students face are: math and reading! Here is a six pack that can actually help you: The ingredients for successful reading: Use these tools to improve your reading comprehension, analysis and speed! The material you’re reading Pencils An open mind Highlighter A Dictionary A note book
Read SQ3R to the rescue: An effective way to approach a chapter is to use the SQ3R method. This method has been successful for millions of students. SQ3R can be a life saver when it comes to understanding material that is overwhelming.
Learn Is there one best way to learn? The way one learns depends on many variables such as learning styles, your personal intelligences, personality typing, your past experiences and your attitude. Discover your talents! Are you a:
Learn What can you learn from your personality? Sensing/Intuition – Sensing types gather information from their five senses, whereas intuitive types are not very well organized but rely on their gut feelings. Extroversion/Introversion –Extroverts prefer to live in the outside world and introverts draw strength from the inner world. Judging/Perceiving – Judgers are very orderly people and they must have structure in their lives. Perceivers are just the opposite. Thinking/Feeling – Thinkers are logical people, they do not make decisions based on feelings or emotion. Feelers make decisions on what they feel is right and just. What type are you?
Listen What did you say? For students, good listening skills are critical. Cultivating and improving your active listening skills will help you to understand the lecture and clinical material, take accurate notes, participate in class discussions and communicate to your peers. At the core of listening is the ability to hear, understand, analyze, respect and appropriately respond to the meaning of another person’s spoken and non verbal messages. Listening needs to be personalized and internalized. Practice listening with the whole body on the following levels:
Listen with a purpose
Listen ¿Qué dijo Listening when English is your second language! For students whose first language is not English, the college classroom can present some uniquely challenging situations. Don’t be afraid to:
Stop the instructor for clarification
Figure out unfamiliar words in context
Enhance your vocabulary
Write down everything
Seek help by practicing the language and maybe start your own conversation group! Kisa nou te di O que você disse
Listen The L-Star System One of the most effective ways to take notes is the L-Star System:
Sleep Sleep is vital to good health. Lack of sleep can lead to a low immune system making the body more susceptible to getting sick. A lack of focus or concentration can also result and increased moodiness is another common side affect. Retaining new information is decreased and the ability to manage stress is challenged. Recommended guidelines to help reduce sleep problems include:
getting up at about the same time every day
going to bed only when you're sleepy
maintaining a regular schedule
avoiding smoking, caffeine, alcohol, naps or pills before bed time
Critical Thinking As a student critical thinking can help you to focus on issues, gather relevant accurate information, remember facts, organize thoughts logically, analyze questions and problems and manage your priorities. It can assist you in your problem solving skills and help you control your emotions so that you can make rational judgments. A very important skill for a nurse. As you begin to work on your critical thinking skills consider the following steps:
Look at things differently
Distinguish fact from fiction
Critical Thinking Critical thinking is essential skill to the nurse. Critical thinking requires a great deal of commitment on your part. Critical thinking can affect the way you live your life. Critical thinking is the hallmark of an educated person. It is the hallmark of character and integrity, and it is the hallmark of successful student nurses. Let it be yours!