You know those days when you have every intention of studying, but you’d rather crawl back under your covers instead? You’re dreading cramming all of that NCLEX-RN information, and you’d much rather catch up on your Netflix shows.
If you’re over exhausted from nursing school and other activities, where do you find the time and motivation to study for the NCLEX exam?
Some days, it can seem impossible to build healthy study habits. However, listening to your body, practicing willpower, and shifting your mindset to focus on the positive can make studying for the NCLEX-RN as automatic as tying your shoes.
Below are proven strategies for building beneficial study habits even when it might be the last thing on your mind.
These steps can help you develop a formula that gets you out of bed and into your books.
If your study time is being interrupted by your stomach growling, you’re not alone. When in the study zone, it’s easy to forget to eat, leading to skipped meals. However, squeezing in snack breaks is essential.
According to the American Psychology Association, studies show individuals with low glucose levels display less willpower. Thus low glucose levels can contribute to a loss in the will to study, which could be why your studying becomes more and more unproductive the hungrier you become.
Rather than ignoring that hunger, try listening to what your body is telling you and grab a healthy snack.
Ask yourself, “Who am I completing nursing school for?”
A study done by Mark Muraven, Ph.D. found that people were more likely to lose willpower when motivations to complete a task were for others. On the other hand, these people were more driven to complete a task by internal causes and desires. When the desires stemmed from themselves rather than others, they were more likely to maintain willpower and self-control and for longer periods.
Now get rid of the idea that completing your degree is only to make your parents happy. Remind yourself that you are becoming a Registered Nurse for yourself, your personal career goals, and your future. This belief will give you much more motivation to study.
Studying can sometimes make you angry since it requires a significant sacrifice of your time and resources.
It’s frustrating when you are not able to spend time with your family and friends. Instead, you are spending your precious time cramming endless pharmacology, pathophysiology, and nursing theories into your head. It feels like there’s too little time to learn everything!
With all of this frustration, the very thought of smiling could be the furthest from your mind.
However, evidence suggests that lifting your spirits with comedy or pleasurable things can result in shifting your mood toward the better. A positive mindset overcomes a lack of willpower. Stronger willpower will lead to more motivation to study. So, start smiling and gain more motivation to study.
Don’t waste time using studying tactics that aren’t working for you. Lack of motivation can be caused by using improper techniques that are not specific to your learning style.
Are you a visual, audio, or tactile learner? You can take a quick test to figure out your learning style here.
But regardless of what type of learner you are, you must practice using NCLEX-RN style questions to adequately prepare for this exam. Here are some free NCLEX-RN practice questions for you to use in order to practice before the exam. Make sure to read the rationales after every question!