ArticlesBrain Science Learning Guides An Innovative Strategy for Cultivating Effective Study SkillsOnello, Rachel PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE, CNL Author Information Associate Professor and Department Chair, Professional Nursing Practice, University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Columbia. Correspondence: Dr Onello, Professional Nursing Practice, University of South Carolina College of Nursing, 1601 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29208 ([email protected]). The author declares no conflicts of interest. Accepted for publication: March 21, 2023 Early Access: April 10, 2023 Cite this article as: Onello R. Brain science learning guides: an innovative strategy for cultivating effective study skills. Nurse Educ. 2023;00(0):1-4. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000001415 Nurse Educator ():10.1097/NNE.0000000000001415, April 10, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001415 Buy PAP Metrics Abstract Background: Students often struggle with how to synthesize course content during independent learning outside of class. Problem: Study strategies may be entrenched in ineffective methods that reinforce misperceptions of learning and undermine the development of metacognitive thinking. Approach: To promote the development of effective study skills, a scaffolded approach was developed to facilitate students actively engaging with course content outside of class time, based on best practices of brain science–based learning. Outcomes: Using evidence in the brain science of teaching and learning, Learning Guides were developed to shift the focus of study outside of class time from the “what” to the “how.” Preliminary feedback from students in multiple core nursing courses suggests that these guides are an effective tool for student learning. Conclusion: This brain science–based approach to learning can provide a road map for students to build the essential skills for effective study habits that can lead to durable learning. © 2023 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.