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Improving Memory to Learn As the field of nursing continues to boom, nursing degrees and those individuals who are choosing to attend nursing schools is ever increasing. With all of the nursing students who are striving to obtain their nursing degrees, it may be difficult for some such nursing students to feel like they can have success both in their future field and in their current studies.

Memory and Learning One way that a nursing student can feel confident in their present and future performance as they embark down their nursing career path is to learn how to memorize and retain information. Memory and memorization have their role in most academic pursuits, but certainly the field of nursing is one of the few disciplines wherein memorization is critical for success. Such things as the complex human anatomy, symptoms correlating to conditions or illnesses, and the use of medications for specific reasons all come instantly to mind when one thinks of the material that a nursing student will have to learn. And with these specific items that must be learned by those seeking a nursing degree comes the need for memorization to play a critical role in the learning process of nursing students.

Self-Image and Memory One of the first exercises that a nursing student can make to ensure that they can handle the load of memorization that will be coming at them throughout their schooling is to banish all negative concepts about oneself and their ability to remember and retain information. This simple step of thinking positively about oneself can instantly change the mindset of a self-labeled “forgetful� person to one who can remember and who can retain important information. This negative self-labeling as a forgetful person is one of the main reasons that a person will forget various things, including important school information. By simply refusing to label oneself as a forgetful person and by striving to think positively about the capabilities of their minds, a person will soon see that they can remember much more than they thought they previously could.


The next reason that people forget information or are unable to memorize information may seem selfexplanatory or overly simple, but the truth is that many items of an academic nature are forgotten simply because they were never fully learned. Learning takes work and before one can say that they cannot memorize anything they should first strive to do their due diligence in learning the material. Learning the material means studying present materials and consistently reviewing past information. By putting in the work to learn the material, and by feeling that they have the capability to learn and memorize important information, nursing students will find that they can indeed memorize, learn, and retain the individual aspects of their nursing education. One can improve their ability to memorize by having a positive outlook on their personal abilities and by having the diligence to study often and review often, but they can also improve their memorization abilities if they will focus on increasing their ability to pay attention and concentrate on specifics. With all three of these memorization tools in place, a positive attitude, fundamental learning skills, and a renewed determination to concentrate, a nursing student will be able to better memorize their schooling material.


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