Passed my last of 8 exams today + Advice on studying - page 3

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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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    Thanks, BarbaraNM. I will be sure to do that. I haven't used EC's website that much, so wanted to make sure I wasn't missing it.
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    Just to defend the recommended reading, I used it all the way through and passed all of the ECEs on the first try (usually with As and Bs--did get a C on LS3 though!). And no, it didn't take forever to do . It took me 6 months to pass prereqs (using CLEP) and all nursing theory exams using the recommended reading. I did use a lot of YouTube vids as well to help the material sink in.

    We all learn differently. You just have to find the right material for YOU! I think the only universal truth in studying for the ECEs is that the content guide is a MUST, regardless of what materials you are using to study. It can be done!
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    Thank you so much for all the info. It is very helpful and inspiring to see how others get through these tests. I am taking my 3rd test next week, Health Difference, I only studied the practice exams and studyguide101 notes for the two previous tests. But I did just purchase the Saunders Nclex book and plan on using the cd as well. Good luck to all of us!

    Quote from 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 total of two exams while going through the process.
    ( I began July 2011. Money and life situations held me up)

    Those exams were Health Difference and Chronicity. I passed both the second
    time. When I look back on why I failed, it's because I didn't understand the concepts
    of the material. I first thought it was because I didn't study long enough...

    My study habits...

    I started with just the paid practice exams from excelsior and very little textbook
    reading for these two exams:
    Health and Safety
    Transition to RN Role....I passed them both 1st try

    Chronicity and Health Difference...I failed 1st try
    I only used practice exams...the textbook reading was becoming ineffective
    for me with my work schedule and life. I was falling asleep studying,
    getting discouraged by the study time...just wasn't working for me.

    I was blocked from registering for the failed exams by Pearson Vue
    for about a month.....point is I couldn't register for them right away.
    A policy of there's regarding failed exams I guess.

    Onto Reproductive Health...I passed with 'A' 1st try. My favorite subject anyway
    I used:
    my boyfriends college network learning modules. (read all 17 ch)
    excelsior's practice exams
    Nclex books ( I only used two of them and both were similar to Excelsior Exams I state the books at the bottom)

    I was determined to pass and not lose my money again.

    College network modules are really good for testing they
    have all the material that you would see on the exam. My
    only thing is the reading...lots of chapters like 17 or over 20
    and most of the information is just "extra" material...but good nontheless

    Took Chronicity again...passed.
    I used:
    College network (read some chapters)
    practice exams
    Nclex books

    Lifespan 1, 2, 3...passed...1st try
    I used:
    excelsior practice exams
    Nclex books
    NO college network...the readings were time consuming very tiring. chapters were too much.

    took health differences again....passed
    I used:
    Excelsior practice exams
    Study group 101 notes (I marked all ques. I seen from 1st try)
    nclex question found online
    nclex books
    Health difference was difficult for me to study for because most NCLEX books/questions
    do not have enough material on those subjects that the exam covers.
    So I had to do a lot of "looking" for those question types.

    Last four exams I finished within a month. Exam per week.

    To have an effective studying time that is not wasted I would recommend;

    First, reading through Excelsior's practices exams Both A and B. This will
    give you a good overall idea of the material the Exam will focus on.
    That way you spend less time reading and studying material that you may never see for that exam.
    Second, get your NCLEX books. Read and study the material covered from Excelsior
    practice exams. I recommend these two NCLEX books: Nclex made incredibly easy; questions and answers. and Saunders Q&A review for NCLEX-RN EXAMINATION 4th Edition. For Saunders, make sure the book has the CD with it. I bought mine off Amazon under 20 bucks used with CD. With the CD you can break down the study material you want to review unlike the book that mixes all subjects. CD is better.

    Transitions to RN role
    Health and Safety
    Health Difference you may have to do other reading to supplement the information needed to test.

    I couldn't afford anymore text books ( bought about 5 of them...med-surg, maternity, peds, nursing diagnosis, pharm. Only used books for 1st two exams.

    In all, please remember this is what worked for me. I write this to help those who may be wondering how to start or how to restart testing. Results may vary

    Either way, you will pass all the way to the end and we will become a RN !!!
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    I found this information very helpful and I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to give advice and encouragement toward studying and reaching our goal of becoming RNs. I am not new to the site however I am just now taking the time to use the site for my benefits and may I add this site is the BEST!!! Thanks once again- A little insight on me I have tried the community college route that was just too overwhelming and demanding (failed) and I went back and forth with Excelsior because I was scared. Than all at once every where I turned was an LPN doing Excelsior so I took that as my que to get to it and stop wasting time. Than as soon as I did sign up I found out I was expecting so now my son is 2 months and my daughter is 11 years old and I am ready to continue reaching my goals nothing can or will hold me back. Best wishes to all!!!!
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    Excellent advice to use the Saunders, I have it with the CD, have not used it to study - though I may consider it since reading this post. I use the textbooks suggested by Excelsior and take the practice exams, so far have had two C's and two B's. Good post.
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    Thanks nurse with skills
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    Is there lot of math on reproduction exam?
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    thanks alot for posting you journey it has given me courage i havent tooken any exams transition to rn role will be my first exam thanks again
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    Anyone taken reproductive health, do I need to know all the drugs, any math ?
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    Quote from OnlineSNA
    Anyone taken reproductive health, do I need to know all the drugs, any math ?
    I believe I remember seeing one of two math questions on there.


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