In the know: In the classroom, your thoughts count

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, June 14, 2010

In nursing school, and in any classroom, true participation goes beyond just asking questions; participation means getting involved in the discussions, and sharing thoughts and ideas. Participation gives you ownership of what you are learning.

This is an important concept to understand because taking ownership of your learning represents a shift in thinking. You go from passive learner presented with things to do (I have to do this), to active leaner and seeker of knowledge (I choose to do this, because it is the most efficient way to reach my goals). You become a co-creator of the educational process and are empowered to learn. No one is forcing education on you. Understanding this will help you get away from a dependent parent-child mentality to a more independent view of the educator-student relationship.

When you take ownership of your education, you will find you are free to contribute to discussions and participate in class. The more you contribute, the more you will get out of each lecture.

For more tips, check out HCPro's book, Stressed Out About Nursing School.

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