Tip #6: Find a Study Buddy Smarter Than You

Struggling in nursing school?

NRSNG can help skyrocket your grades 🚀

Find a Study Buddy Smarter Than You

I’m a prideful person by nature . . . ask my wife!

Admitting that I don’t know something or that I am wrong has always been a challenge for me.

Because of this I have never been good about other people being right . . . and me being wrong.

This can limit my ability to work well in groups obviously.

But I learned something very essential to success while in nursing school:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

This is a quote from popular speaker Jim Rohn.

The more I think about this quote the more I have come to understand its truth.

It is all but impossible for you to achieve success in  life or in nursing school if you spend all of you time with unsuccessful people.

This is essentially referring to the law of averages which basically says that the outcomes of any series event will eventually “even out” and applies to human behavior as well. When this is applied to humans it assumes that human behavior will even out among those who spend time together.


“Law of averages typically assumes that unnatural short-term “balance” must occur” –Wikipedia


If you wish to reach your goals and do well in school . . . find like minded students with the same goals.  In your studies find those who grasp concepts better than you do and you will soon raise to their level.


How Does  This Apply to Nursing School?

If your goal is to achieve success in nursing school you need to start spending  time, studying, and emulating the habits of successful students.

In my nursing school there was one student that stood out above all others.

He already held a Pharmacy degree from India prior to coming to the United States, he was easily acing every test, and he clearly grasped the content.

Here is what I did . . . I simply found out when and where he studied and began studying at the same times and in the same places.

I swallowed my pride and asked him questions on things that I did not understand and I offered my skills and knowledge on areas I was stronger in.

Soon we had become great friends and studied together nearly every day.

We now work at the same hospital and he will soon be attending CRNA school at one of the top programs in the country.

Everyone Benefits

This student ended up graduating the top of our class and my GPA and success in nursing school was greatly impacted for the better due to the relationship that we had built together.

Our friendship worked as a means to motivate each other and push each other to work a little bit harder to reach our goals.

As you begin to notice students that seem to excel or to understand material better than you it is important that you develop sincere relationships with these people.

You do not need to suffer through not understanding.

As you begin your career as a nurse you should also navigate to those nurses who emulate the behaviors of amazing nurses in your mind.

Relationships . . .

Nursing is all about relationships and mutual respect.

I followed this method with my toughest professors and to this day . . . years after graduation . . . I am still in contact with those same professors that many other students couldn’t stand.


This is the last of the 6 tips that will help you to demolish nursing school.

You CAN do this!  Nursing is HARD . . . nursing school is IMPOSSIBLE if you don’t learn how to develop a system that works for you!

You can do amazingly well . . . and amaze yourself with what you are capable of . . . trust me . . . I did it!


What are you personally struggling with right now?

Is there a topic or mindset that is giving you a hard time?

Let me know!  Email me at contact (at) nrsng.com and I will be sure to address it personally.


Happy Nursing!


-Jon Haws RN CCRN

p.s.  I am working on an AMAZING app that will help you prepare for the like no other.  SIMCLEX uses the exact same algorithms the actual uses (no other prep program does this) and you can take it with you on your phone or tablet!  >>Click Here to Check it Out<<

p.p.s. Did you know NRSNG.com (yours truly) has multiple best selling nursing books on Amazon each for just $2.99!  WTH?

Nursing 500: 500 Practice Questions and Rationales

Lab Values: 63 Must Know Lab Values for Nurses

140 Must Know MEDS: Demolish Nursing Pharmacology

What are you struggling with in nursing school?

NRSNG supplements nursing school and helps fill in the gaps.  Search for a lesson inside NRSNG Academy below.

Share this post:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp
Share on email