As an online hub for RN nursing courses, RN NursingPrep knows a thing or two about how online study resources can improve the learning experience and make studying easier and more enjoyable.
In this blog, RN NursingPrep will give you a few tips on how to properly use the internet for studying, as well as some pitfalls to avoid when using the web for your learning success.
Use the right Internet sources.
Where to start? If your professor/teacher doesn’t give you a list of recommended online resources, you can do your own search for them. Use your class syllabus and/or textbook to choose the topics you want to study online. You might concentrate your search on topics you find harder to master with just your textbook and class lectures.
When you start to scour the internet for credible learning resources and accurate information, you’re in luck—the internet is packed with the stuff! However, it’s also packed with misinformation, misleading claims, and misinterpretation. The key is to glean information from the right sources—more specifically, sources with established credibility, that are backed by empirical evidence, science, and data. These sources will be experts in their fields—whether individuals or organizations. They are not breezy bloggers or creators of social media clickbait. Reputable education resources are designed to educate, not to drive web traffic.
Unfortunately, the line between credible and false information grows more unclear by the day. What do you do if you’re not sure the information you find is accurate and credible? In that case, it’s best to make like a journalist and double-check—no, triple-check—the information in question. If your information is corroborated by a few credible sources, chances are it’s the correct information.
Keep off social media when studying online.
We get it—this one is easier said than done. At first, you’re just checking your social media outlets as a “quick study break.” Then, about 45 minutes later, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have sucked you in and your study session is shot.
Social media is designed to intoxicate you—to keep you engaged so you share, like, comment, and retweet to your heart’s content. Unless you’re blessed with incredible willpower, there’s a very small chance you’re only going to spend a minute or two on social media—so while you’re studying, it’s best to stay off social media completely.
First, keep that Facebook tab closed when you’re using online study materials. Next, turn off push notifications for social media outlets on your phone, and keep your phone on silent during study time. The constant “ping” sound from your iPhone will only serve as a distraction to your study success. There are a number of apps and extensions that can temporarily block access to social media outlets while you’re in study mode. Install and use them.
When you’ve had a solid study session and turn back to your social media, you can enjoy it guilt free, knowing you are in control of it rather than social media controlling you.
Take advantage of study aid software.
If you are using online resources to study, here are a few tips to help your learning permanence.
Read your material out loud. Hearing the information helps reinforce it in your mind. Make your own notes, handwritten with paper and pencil/pen. The act of writing creates a mental connection with what you jot down. If the format you are studying in gets a little boring, do your own web search on a topic to watch a video or read an article about it. When you go back to the program you are using, it will seem a fresher to you.
Using various online study sources—a quick video, an article, online quizzes and study notes—can really help you learn a topic thoroughly. We hope you feel empowered to find great online sources to help you achieve academic success!