Passed my last of 8 exams today + Advice on studying - page 2

by nursewithskills

Hi everyone, I have some serious eye strain from all the studying and may need stronger perscription glasses :) I took my last exam today...Health Differences. All eight completed. Onto FCCA. Matter of fact I failed a... Read More


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    The the outline from EC, if you follow that and take the practice exams you can't go wrong. I also used studygroup101 for this one and they were right on plus they had lots of practice questions which I feel works well for me! I took one section at a time on my tablet to work on at work and printed some of the quizzes and had the girls quiz me. Good luck to you, Bril
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    Thanks for the great advice! I am going to take chronicity August 16th and I'm nervous! I will def start using my prep books!!
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    Good luck alicia3825 on Chronicity taking mine August 29th!
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    Quote from TEXANMOM
    Hi medic1403,
    My advice to you is invest some money buying Saunder NCLEX review book 5TH EDITION .I Used this book for repro and LS1 got A & B.
    Yes and yes. Invest in that. Saunders is great study with and easy to understand. Remember use the CD where you can study topics separately not mixed like book.
    NCLEX made incredibly easy Question and Answers 4th ed. as well.


    Quote from lizzyreg
    Hello there and congrats to you, am really caught up and worried about transitions, lots of materials, years and people to remember that did what, what is the best study material to use to study for this and also where can I get college network modules? Thanks.
    Thank you lizzyreg! For Transitions I used the Excelsior practice exams A and B.
    I utilized the Fundamental textbook also. As you study and review practice exams
    and rationals, let that guide you on where you should focus your study. Use the
    exam content guide (the percentage section) will show you where to put more study time.
    I'm not saying to neglect the lower percentage parts, it's just that I found that the higher percentage topics had more questions come up on the actual exam than the others.
    College network modules, I just happened to have access through my fiance who was paying for it. I called college network ounce to try to get Health Difference module which he didn't have and they quoted me $400 to have it added on. I used other methods instead.

    You can complete all the exams without college network. It's expensive but I found it to be very helpful when I used some of the modules to study with. There are just very time consuming to read.


    Quote from Fordta
    Thanks for the post! I'm a working mom, and very discourage looking at the material! I'm starting out with health and saftey and don't know we're to begin, any suggestions would be so helpfully, I don't want to spend hrs studying the wrong material!
    I definitely know what you mean and that's my story as well.

    1. Do buy practice exams from Excelsior they are golden and key to
    studying effectively. Take note of the topics the practice exam covers.
    The price just went up recently from $65 to $75...
    the nursing exams increased as well...$275 to $305 or so.

    2. Use the content guides like i said in a previous answer. Topics you may not fully understand use Google to do a quick search and YouTube for some great videos. Great for visual learners.

    For example, while studying from excelsior practice exam I would
    do a quick search on google on a subject material I didn't understand.
    Youtube has great educational videos on certain subjects.


    3. Review, study nclex questions based on topic exam will cover.

    4. If stuck on question when taking the actual exam, remember to use
    the Nursing Process! It helps narrow down even if clueless.
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    I also want to add that excelsior exams are challenging even with all the studying
    because they want you to think critically and know your stuff before sitting
    for NCLEX-RN. I believe the nclex will be less challenging. Just my opinion.
    I believe that's how nursing schools set-up their exams.

    There is no "magic" formula to passing the exams. The key is to study efficiently and enough to
    know the material at hand. You will not remember everything, trust me.

    For those struggling because lack of motivation, it's all about how bad you
    really want it. Kick yourself in the rear-end and get to it. Money may also
    be an issue, especially in this economy. Hang in there and save up to pay for the exams.
    I had to make some financially sacrifices just to get through the exams.
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    Great advice ! I agree totally , especially with your advice regarding using the nursing process when answering questions. For example if a question has to do with an action, such as implementation, don't answer with an assessment value and vice versa.
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    Thanks for the advice!!
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    Thank you to every one that are willing to share there expertise. I am new to this website and i just started to take excelsior seriously. All the advise are helpful.
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    I am going to be taking the Health Differences test soon. I have bought the 2 practice tests from EC and have the textbooks you mentioned and th NCLEX review books but am not sure where to find or get the study group 101 notes. I looked around on the EC website but couldn't find them. Can you please let me know where or how to find them? Thanks a lot!
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    Quote from wesmom
    I am going to be taking the Health Differences test soon. I have bought the 2 practice tests from EC and have the textbooks you mentioned and th NCLEX review books but am not sure where to find or get the study group 101 notes. I looked around on the EC website but couldn't find them. Can you please let me know where or how to find them? Thanks a lot!
    Hi, You can google study group 101, or look on Ebay and do the same search... I have a few of theirs and will likely get the entire set... good luck!!


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