The use of mnemonics can be helpful for nursing students as they learn and have to remember volumes of content to provide patient care. The dictionary defines a mnemonic as a "device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something."
In an article written by Methodist College Director of the Center for Student Success Tricia Fox in the Spring 2021 edition of the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) newsletter, Fox wrote that the common nursing education mnemonic of ADPIE - which stands for Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Intervention, and Evaluation - can also be used to provide tutors "with a process to follow, no matter the type of appointment."
The Methodist College Center for Student Success uses staff and peer tutors to assist students who seek help in their academic studies. Students can set up appointments with tutors to meet in-person at specific times, or drop in to the Center for assistance from tutors who have hours in the Center.
Fox states that by using the ADPIE mnemonic, tutors have a framework when assisting students:
ASSESSMENT - Through asking specific questions and assessment, the tutor can better understand where they are in the course, the material, and identify problems.
DIAGNOSIS - Asking the student how they learn and what has worked for them in the past.
PLANNING - Prioritizing what needs to be done in the tutoring session.
INTERVENTION - Providing the intervention of tutoring content.
EVALUATION - Evaluate the session at the end of their time with the student.
Read Fox's full article in the Spring 2021 NCLCA newsletter.
The Center for Student Success offers free academic assistance to all Methodist College students in a welcoming and supportive environment. The CSS staff is committed to helping students improve upon the critical skills needed to grow and succeed in a rigorous, medically-focused curriculum. Through one-on-one tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, writing tutoring, workshops, and skills assessments, they can assist students with an array of subjects and services.