One of the very best things I discovered while in my pre-reqs and nursing school was the power of flashcards. I could whip through a stack while standing in line at the grocery store and in other snippets of time during the day. However, the only drawback was how long it took to create them, which is why I developed the Straight A Nursing app. With more than 5,000 nursing school flashcards, The Straight A Nursing app covers a broad range of topics so you can study and reinforce your learning in a way that fits in with your busy schedule. Available on iOS and Android!

How to use flashcards effectively

While flashcards are a great way to prepare for nursing school exams, when used incorrectly they can actually hinder your performance. The key is to use them to review, not to actually learn the material. If you attend lecture and then immediately start going through flashcards, you’re jumping straight from your first exposure to the material right into memorization. Instead, you want to review your notes, supplement them with any additional resources or reading, and then use flashcards as a way to test yourself prior to the exam. Remember, nursing school is mostly about understanding concepts, not brute memorization.

Want to do flashcards on-the-go?

Another great option is Study Sesh, my private podcast which features audio-based flashcards (I call them PodQuizzes!). I started using this method in organic chemistry and it turned my not-so-great grade into a high A in a matter of weeks! With Study Sesh, you can review material without having to sit at your desk or being tied to your phone.  To get a feel for what a PodQuiz is like, check out Cardiac Pharmacology PodQuiz: Episode 175.


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