How To Learn


David in ORStudents have lots of problems not the least of which is trying to cram huge amounts of material into a 7 to 10 lb head and have it stick.  What are the real keys to learning and making that knowledge part of you.  These are questions that I have been pondering for many years and I have come up with a couple of ways that work for me.

First I believe you have to make a commitment to what is important to you and your education.  Most of us have complex lives and can not simplify and dedicate to one thing only.  Even with busy lives family and multiple commitments you have to say, “This is my time.  This is my time to be selfish for OUR future and dedicate myself to this course of study”.  If you can not do this then maybe you have chosen the easier way that will not lead to the promised land.

Here is the small list of things I try:


Writing out your ideas or lists to remember

Making note cards to carry around

Taking naps

Reading a lot!

Rereading more.

Ok, so this is the short list from a non expert in the field.  If you want to get the real low down on learning follow the link to an article that just is better than sliced bread for the student.  I highly recommend reading the article Hacking Knowledge.

Categories : Student Life


  1. Kim says:

    Hello David,
    I’m very impressed with your website and find it very, very helpful. I look forward to more helpful info to come as I proceed with my challenges. I hope my motivation and ongoing experiences as an RN get me to where you are.

    Thank You!

  2. David Godden says:

    Thank you and just keep moving as the old adage says, “The journey begins with one step”. Kim please keep us up-to-date with your progress and please share it with all of our readers.

  3. olmedic says:

    Another great place I have found for study tips and other nursing student resources can be found at

    I hope this helps!

  4. Sherie Giehtbrock says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve just discovered your blog. I’m going to be starting my venture into a new career, with a long-term goal of CRNA. So this is fantastic. The ‘commitment’ is actually the biggest part, considering I will just be starting my pre-req’s for the RN degree. And now that I’ve committed, things are starting look up. Definitely beginning this journey with step one!

    This will be a valuable resource to me, and keep my eye on the prize, so to speak.


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