study blog.

a study blog for a nursing student.

One more week. Just one more week of classes and then a final exam on the 13th. I can do this. I can do this.

If you’re on the same boat as me and you have finals, too? You can do this. We can do this. I believe in you (& hope you believe in me).

Study hard but take those breaks. Drink lots of water, eat regularly, and sleep at a reasonable time. Listen to music if you need to (I know I do). Use the time you have getting to and from classes to review the material.

Learn and study it until you feel comfortable teaching it to someone else. Once you get to that point, then you’ll be 100% okay. And if you don’t? That’s okay, too. As long as you’re comfortable with the material, then you should be okay.

Good luck everyone!

For those who have bone practicals coming up, here's a few tips and tricks that helped me for my bone practical. Of course, always make sure to study by going to a study hall that (hopefully) has bones that you can borrow while you're there and study with.

  • Words and Vocabulary:

    • anterior = front
    • posterior = back
    • lateral = away from the middle
    • medial = towards the middle
    • supra = above
    • infra = below
    • epi = above
    • -cyte = mature cells
    • -blast = immature cells
    • foramen = big holes
    • foramina = small holes
    • process = pointy things that sticks out
    • condyles and epicondyles = small bumps * epicondyle = raised boney area above condyle
    • fissure = slits
    • fossa = shallow depression
    • notch = cavity within the bone
    • sinus = cavity within a bone
    • head = knob-like projection for joint
    • facet = flat projection on joint
    • tubercle = small, rounded projection
    • tuberosity = large, rounded projection
  • The Skeleton:

    • Axial Skeleton = head + spine
    • Appendicular Skeleton = everything else.
  • In the eye socket:

    • Ethmoid = behind the eye sockets.
    • Lacrimal = closer to the tearduct, next to the ethmoid.
  • Cranium:

    • Sutures * Coronal suture (front), Sagittal suture (divides parietal bones bones — think of it as the arrow that's getting shot at the coronal suture), Lambdoid suture (the back — the sting of the bow).
    • Fetal Fontanelles * Anterior Fontanelles = at the top of the skull, near the front. * Posterior Fontanelles = in the back near the lambdoid suture.
  • The vertebral column:

    • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, coccyx
    • There are 7 cervical bones, 12 thoracic bones, and 5 lumbar bones. * A good way to remember how many bones? “Breakfast at 7, lunch at 12, and dinner at 5” OR “7 cats chased after 12 turtles only to run into 5 lions.”
    • C1 = Atlas * The Atlas has the superior articular facet which articulates with the occipital bone on the skull.
    • C2 = Axis * The Axis has the dens which is the pointy projection that points upwards.
    • Pedicle vs Lamina * pedicle = closer to the body * lamina = closer to the spinous process
  • Humerus, radius (lateral), ulna (medial):

    • Henry ran under.
  • Hand:

    • Carpals, metacarpals, phalanges. * Cats Munched on Paper.
    • Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetral, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate and Hamate * “Some lovers try positions that they can't handle.”
  • Leg

    • Femur = big bone
    • Patella = knee cap
    • Tibia = medial bone beneath femur, medium size. you know you're looking at the anterior side when you see the anterior crest.
    • Fibula = lateral bone beneath femur
  • Foot:

    • Tarsals, metatarsals, phalanges
    • Calcaneous = heel
    • Talus = articulates with tibia (at the medial malleolus) and fibula (at the lateral malleolus)
    • Navicular = rectangular bone between talus and cuneiforms
    • Cuboid = cube like bone on the lateral side
    • Cuneiforms = three smaller bones on the medial side, above navicular
  • Apps:

    • Complete Anatomy = Email customer service with your student email address and ask them about discounts for students. The student discount is 50%, so make sure to take the opportunity!

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Regardless of your major and future career goals, college can be incredibly difficult. It's stressful journey with highs and lows. No journey looks exactly the same and there's no shame in that. For some, it takes them four years. For others, it takes them a little longer. What matters is getting that education.

This blog is aimed to help students — particularly nursing students — succeed. I'll be filling the posts with tips that have helped me survive school so far (and things that impeded me along the way), my personal notes from class (handwritten), study guides (sometimes typed and most likely handwritten) I make from class notes as well as stuff from my classes' textbooks, advice I can think of, advice that my mom has given me that may help you, advice from my professors and advisors, links to textbooks, or even scans of stuff I get in class.

Admittedly, there's also a bit of selfishness on my part here as I plan to use this blog as a means to study, as well. It gives me a chance to reinforce lectures and labs since I will be rewriting notes for clarity's sake. I am by no means a professor, but I'm hoping that by putting myself in that mindset of helping others understand the material, it will help me. After all, in order to fully say that you understand a concept and can apply it, you need to be able to teach it yourself and do it in simple terms.

At this time, this blog's content will be focused on pre-clinical courses (so things like Anatomy & Physiology, General Chemistry, Public Health, Statistics, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, English). Later on, depending on how things go, things will shift to those nursing clinical courses. Although, if/when that transition does occur, I will still be posting general study help as well as advice and what not.

If you have any questions or need advice, send them either to or to Please note that there are certain questions that I can't (and maybe won't) answer. If/when this is the case, make sure to go to your college/university's advisors for your major/program and ask them. Don't be shy, they're there to help you, as are the professors in the department.

Good luck to everyone and happy studying!