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Note Taking for Nursing School


One of the funny things about me, for sure, is my inability to decide how I want to take notes. Throughout nursing school, I must have changed my methods a gazillion times! I realized that typing my notes on the computer did not help me retain information as well, and it meant I had to do more reviewing in the textbook and outside sources. When I would handwrite notes, including powerpoint slides, it was too much work and I found myself getting a little anxious when I would miss something. I preferred printing out powerpoints ahead of time, and writing directly on the powerpoint slides. 

I am such a geek for formatting. If I don’t have enough space for notes, it bothers me! I found that I write a lot of notes, and it helps me retain information. I usually like to make my notes colorful, highlighted, and they usually have doodles all over them!

One day, I was studying for an exam and I was creating my flashcards. Then I thought: “Wouldn’t it be awesome if I can do my flashcards during class?.”  Then… suddenly I had the awesome idea to print my powerpoint slides on flashcards! It was easy. 

Directions:

Open up your powerpoint lectures notes in powerpoint (They must be in .ppt or .pptx format!)

Delete the slides that you do not want to print ( i.e. pictures slides, or slides you will not study)

Change the template of all the slides to a generic black and white template, with no extra borders to waste your ink.

Load your choice of index/flashcards into your printer.

Within print settings you will change the paper size to match your flashcard size. If it is not exact, going a little smaller is okay. 

Also change the printer to a more economic friendly setting. For example, I put mine on grayscale and change the quality of printing so that I don’t waste as much ink (Cuz lord knows we have notes forever in nursing school!)

Hit that print button & you have yourself the most awesome notes and flashcards in the world!

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    oh. my. god. i have the same problem with my study method! will definitely try this one out.
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