Nursing studies

It pays to maximise your learning power

There are two kinds of learning: passive and active.

There are two kinds of learning: passive and active.

Passive learning takes place when you sit in a lecture hall and listen to someone speak on a topic, or when you view a set of non-interactive slides. It’s when you watch another nurse perform a procedure without asking questions.

Because you are learning passively – that is, you are not engaging – you will retain only about 10-50% of what you learn.

Active learning happens when you engage multiple senses. If you listen to a lecture for 30 minutes and then spend another 30 minutes working on case studies in a small group, you can retain as much as 90% of the information.

Likewise, if you design and present a series of slides on a topic, or if you watch and perform a procedure under supervision, you will find your retention level soars.

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