Study Plan: 15 Minutes Per Day
In class I asked if you could devote 15 minutes per day to studying for research despite everything else that is going on in your lives. You said yes. To help you with that commitment, I have created my suggested plan for studying. It is not exhaustive. If you feel the suggested activities are not going to help you please do something different. For those that said they can devote more time, please adjust it as you see it.
- Read the exam outline, recognizing that it is not yet completed. Read the learning outcomes that are not highlighted and mentally check off the ones you feel comfortable with. Comment on the document or email Laura if you are unsure what they mean.
- Complete the “Final Exam Practice” quiz located under “Review: Nov 28”
- Write down a few areas that you think you may need to review before the exam.
- Read the feedback for the Theory and Praxis online activities.
- Make notes on the kind of mistakes you made. Try to understand why mistakes were made. Ask Laura if anything is unclear (it is possible that I made a mistake).
- Try PeerWise questions as they may appear as is or modified on the exam.
- If you have additional time, review the other online activities as well.
- Download the articles posted under the “Final Exam” section of Moodle. Identify which ones are empirical.
- For empirical articles, see if you can identify the paradigm, ontology, epistemology, and methodology. Are they congruent?
- Ask yourself: “Based on the [insert citation] abstract, how would you consider using the findings if you were [researcher, faculty member, floor nurse, undergraduate nursing student]”?
- If you have time, review how to extract information from articles. Practice with one or more of the research articles posted under the “Final Exam” section of Moodle.
- Revisit the exam outline (which should be done now). Identify three learning objectives that you feel you need to review most (limit yourself to under 5 minutes). If you prefer, you could pick a grouping (i.e. conceptual thinking) instead of a specific objective.
- Review the Mentimeter slides / readings / other resources related to the objective you feel the least comfortable with.
- If you feel more confident with the area you chose to review yesterday, review the second most confusing learning objective today. Review the Mentimeter slides / readings / other resources related to the objective.
- If you are still confused about the objectives you started to review yesterday stay focused on that objective today.
- Your goal today is to review content in a way that builds confidence and reinforces what you already know. Review the third objective identified on December 2 if you feel comfortable.
- Try filling out the table that I will be printing for the exam. Memorizing this table is not as good as understanding it, but memorizing it will help you answer application questions on the exam.
- If you can study with a peer try asking them a research question. See if you can agree on what paradigm, ontology, epistemology, and methodology would be congruent with that question.
- Either take a break or review easy material that will build your confidence.
- The Jeopardy game under additional readings in the “Review: Nov 28” section may be fun to play with peers.
- Remember to tell yourself you are awesome and stop any negative thoughts.
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