It’s back to school season, and we hope that the kids aren’t the only ones headed back to the classroom! So, dust off those notebooks, binders, highlighters, and notecards and get ready to hit the books. If you head over to your local Ross Medical Education Center campus, in nine months or less, you can be out of school and onto your healthcare career! Whether it’s been a few months or 20 years, we want to help you prepare to return to the classroom and be ready to do your best!
Here are a few tips we came up with to give you a head start!
1. Make an agenda
Balancing school, work, and family can be overwhelming. But it is manageable if you are able to schedule time for work, play, and rest. So, buy an agenda and make sure to follow your schedule. And remember, it’s important to make time for fun and rest too! Your family and friends – and your sanity! – will thank you!
2. Pay attention and take notes
This may seem obvious, but it’s essential that you pay attention during class. Assume that everything your instructor says in class and everything you read in your textbook may end up on a quiz or test later. One way to help you stay focused and listening is to learn to take notes during class lectures and while reading through your book. Reading over them later may help you to recall important pieces, but even the process of writing out the notes will trigger parts of your brain that will otherwise remain dormant.
3. Don’t miss class
Again, it may seem like a given, but it’s a lot harder to learn from a class that you don’t attend! Making sure that you do whatever it takes to be in class everyday and being on time are essential pieces to setting school as a priority. The more you are able to prioritize school, the more you will get out of it and the more successful you will be in school and in your future healthcare career.
4. Make a study group
Think about it, those people in your class are learning the same things at the same time as you are. Not only that, but they are heading down the same career path and have similar goals as you do. That makes them the perfect study buddies. They are the people that you get to go through the fun and difficulty of life with everyday. Bond with them and make them the people that you have accountability with.
5. Get help when you need it
Many people struggle with asking for help or using their resources. However, it doesn’t make you any smarter to not need to ask questions or get help. In fact, if you are willing to ask for help and get ahold of helpful resources, you’re bound to learn more and become the most successful you can be. Also, there are a variety of phone apps to help you with school and an entire internet of information to help you get the most out of your education. So, swallow your pride and ask questions when you don’t understand, team up with your classmates, and use the abundance of resources to help you be successful!
Ready to go back to school?
If you are ready to join the back to school crowd, check out the healthcare training programs at Ross Medical Education Center. We want to to help you to be your best!