Getting involved in extracurricular activities while in nursing school can help you expand your experience, make new friends and create professional connections.

Nelly Coto, BSN, RN and 2013 graduate from Chamberlain’s Houston campusknows this firsthand. She was involved in a number of extracurricular activities and groups which positively impacted her growth as a student. “Getting involved was great,” said Coto. “It let me dive right in to all things nursing and really helped me immerse myself in what it meant to be a nurse.”

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Online classes are a great way to learn. Benefits for students include flexibility to attend class from wherever they have a computer and internet connection, access to course materials 24 hours a day and the ability to learn from an institution they might not otherwise have access to.

Still, many students may feel wary about learning outside the classroom.

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Whether you’re prepping for HESI, NCLEX, or just a course final, studying is a key part to your test taking success. And even if you feel you have the best study habits, or could benefit from a refresher, we think you’ll find these tips useful when you next hit the books. How do we know? Because they all come from current and former nursing students just like you.

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Sitting on the bus? Waiting to pick up your child from sports practice? Instead of staring out the window, thinking about how much studying you need to do, why not use that time to prepare for the NCLEX®?

Forget about heavy textbooks or unwieldy laptops – all you need is your phone. Dozens of NCLEX apps are available in iTunes® and Google Playonline stores – here are a few that you might want to check out. Many offer a lite or trial version, so you can test them out before taking the plunge. READ MORE