How to Pass LPN School

Instructor: Bill Sands
LPN school is a challenging undertaking for aspiring nurses, but with good study habits and a healthy work ethic, completing your program can be much easier. Keep reading for a few tips that can help you finish your program successfully.

Avoid Marathon Study Sessions with After-Class Reviews

Despite the fact that last-minute cramming and lengthy study sessions are largely ineffective, many students nevertheless fall victim to their own procrastination and end up pulling an all-nighter immediately before an important test.

Staying on top of your studies and not falling behind is often easier said than done, but with good discipline and a well-designed schedule, you can stay on track and avoid the stress and exhaustion that comes with marathon study sessions.

An easy way to avoid falling behind is to set up a daily post-class review. At the end of the day, take a good long look at your notes and make sure you completely understand them. This may seem tedious, but it's much more effective to review content in little pieces on a daily basis than it is to try and review an entire semester's worth of notes the day before an exam.

Find (or Form) a Study Group

If you're finding LPN school to be a challenge, you can take comfort in the fact that you're certainly not alone. Plenty of students struggle to keep up with the rigorous demands of such a program, including your peers. You'll likely take all of your classes with the same group of students, and you can use this common schedule to your advantage by forming a study group or joining a pre-existing group.

Forming a study group poses a number of benefits. Your peers can help explain questions that you might have and can provide a sympathetic ear when you're feeling stressed. Regular study sessions are also extremely helpful in keeping you focused and on track to finish your program.

Ask Your Professors for Help

In addition to asking your fellow students for help, you should not hesitate to seek guidance from your instructors. Teaching in the classroom is far from your professors' only job; your instructors are caring professionals who want students to succeed, but they cannot offer advice if you don't consult them.

At the beginning of your program, make a note of your professors' office hours and know when they'll be available. You should also jot down their contact information so you can send them a quick email if you're studying and need help outside of normal hours.

Seek Additional Study Materials

To help students currently enrolled in LPN school, offers several courses covering essential nursing concepts. These self-paced resources are a great way to refresh your memory and build important clinical skills:

Take Care of Yourself

LPN school is an extremely demanding endeavor, and it can be easy to get lost in all the stress and exhaustion that comes with these programs. Hard as it may seem, do your best to stay relaxed, and if you find yourself in need of a break, take one! Even if it's just 30 minutes to watch a single episode of your favorite TV show, a small pause can refresh your mind and give your body a much-needed break. Constant exercise and a stable sleep schedule can also work wonders, and a good sense of humor is a must.

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