Need help with a study routine? Try these 5 tips!

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Did you know that some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are centered around education?

Whether it’s about finishing a degree or finally enrolling in college, the sense of newness that another year brings is in full force.

One thing that always challenges adult learners who may enroll in a health care degree program after a prolonged absence from being in a traditional classroom setting is how to best study.

From juggling family responsibilities to keeping multiple classes straight, finding a system that works often comes down to a bit of trial and error with a dash of strategy.

Consider these five tips designed to help boost your confidence and set you up to achieve success.

MAKE CONNECTIONS IN YOUR COHORT

At Concorde, many of our programs as designed to support cohorts. The idea is that being with a group of people who work together for the majority of their respective program encourages a more collaborative and supportive learning environment.

By investing in getting to know the men and women in your cohort, you have the start of a solid study group.

While you may not hit it off with everyone, make it a point to find a core group that you can jive with for group projects, rely on to double check work and who can encourage you through days where you want to throw the towel in and be done.

OUTLINE THE CHAPTER OF INFORMATION

Studies definitively prove that when we handwrite notes in an organized format, we retain information longer. An effective outline is more than just copying bold words and subject headers.

Consider:

  • Translating your textbook readings into your owns and examples
  • Pretending that you’re explaining the concept to a patient
  • Answering the questions at the end of the chapter(s)
KEEP A JOURNAL OF EXPERIENCES/THOUGHT PROCESS FROM LAB TIME

The best type of learning doesn’t come from a textbook, but from practical, hands-on experience. That’s why at Concorde, we integrate labs and externships into our programs.

Whether it’s after a day of classroom learning or an encounter you had with a patient, taking time to write down the situation, your response and the result can be a huge for answering behavioral essay-questions or those tricky “Tell me a time …” interview questions.

CHECK OUT QUIZLET

Don’t be afraid to bring technology into your study routine! Quizlet is a great place that lets you design flashcards, study guides and mind maps.

You also have the added bonus of browsing through study guides and practice sets that others have constructed.

The platform also supports group interactions, allowing you to split up sections in a chapter or study guide. You can even search Concorde Career on the site. So far there are 268 classes with 175 users and 36 study sets!

VISIT THE LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER ON CAMPUS

The Internet and your classmates are great resources, but don’t forget about the resources available on campus!

Your Learning Resource Coordinators are trained and ready to help tutor you in asic study skills, math/dosage calculations, time management, core courses, create a plan to help you tackle your next test or navigate the electronic library resources

Not matter what strategy you finds works best for you, know that you are not alone in your pursuits! We are committed to helping you successfully find employment in a rewarding health care profession through high-caliber training, real world experience and student-centered support!

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