Tips to Being a Better Student

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Ever wondered why you just can’t seem to reach your full academic potential as a health care student? Chances are, it’s not so much your brain power, but your lifestyle, choices and study habits.

We want to see all of our Concorde students reach their full potential and achieve success as a health care student. So we sought some sage advice from both our resident Concorde experts and some sources from the outside with some ideas and ways to become a better student.

Here’s what we came up with.

Five tips to being a better health care student

Lori Liebman, MBA, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Garden Grove, Calif., submitted the following five tips for being a better health care student.

  • Breathe! Many times we forget to take normal breaths when we are tense or stressed. Be conscious of breathing so your body and your brain can take in the necessary oxygen to stay awake and alert.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. It is very important to allow your body and mind to regenerate with 6-8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Be kind. You will find that you get what you give. If you are kind to people, they will be more likely to be kind to you and allow the non-school parts of your life to run more smoothly.
  • Ask for help when you need it. There is a team of people at the school who is there to help you through your challenges. Use them. There is no shame in using all of the resources available to be successful. Don’t forget about your classmates, too.
  • Smile! Studies show that if you smile, even when you don’t feel great, eventually you start to feel better because your brain begins to believe what your face is communicating. People will respond more positively to someone with a smile and you might find yourself a new best friend.

More tips to being a better health care student

Dale Smith, Assistant Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Memphis, Tenn., submitted his points to being a better student.

  • Go to class (attendance is linked to your academic success)
  • Read ahead/utilize syllabus
  • Take notes
  • Study/review notes after class for immediate reinforcement of material
  • For medical skills – practice on friends/family (read skills assessment checklist for guidance)
  • Utilize the library when possible and stay focused
  • Prep meals in advance (for students on the go)
  • Schedule time to study and stick with that schedule
  • Eat healthy, get enough sleep and make time for sunlight

Some of these helpful tips overlap, but you get the gist. Take your health care studies seriously, work hard and take care of yourself, and you’ll greatly increase the chances of being a successful health care student.

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