Nursing studies

Remember to take notes and ask plenty of questions

Lecturer Sharon Edwards shares her tips for how to prepare yourself for learning.

Lecturer Sharon Edwards shares her tips for how to prepare yourself for learning.

During the three years of your undergraduate nursing degree, you will need to pass assessments in theory and practice, which are attached to modules.

There will be up to three assessments for theory modules. These can either be formative – to monitor your strengths and target areas that need work – or summative, contributing to the main summative assessment of what you have learned.

Practice modules are usually summative and require completion of competencies and skills outlined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council essential skills cluster.

Preparing for assessments is vital, so here are a few tips:

  • Understand your learning style – this will help you to prepare, plan and organise assessments, and can include reflection, critical incident analysis, and critique of your practice experience.
  • Be an active participant – work with peers and develop communities of learning.
  • Read – assessments requires broad reading, using a variety of sources.
  • Take notes – this will help you order your work and ensure your submissions are in your own words, reducing the risk of being accused of plagiarism.
  • Follow the assignment brief, and listen to what the lecturer is saying – you can then draw your own conclusions to plan, organise and write your assessment.
  • Ask questions – make sure you know what is expected of you, and discuss a plan with your tutor.

It is also essential to take every opportunity to develop and practise your nursing skills, including engaging in simulations, and always to listen carefully to feedback on your assessments.

Acting on any advice given will help you to develop your practice and improve on future assessments.

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