Any suggestions on how to study for Boards?

  1. Hello! I am a recent Grad. and I would really like some suggestions on how to study for the Boards. I am scheduled to take the boards 4/16.
    I am nervous, but excited at the same time. Right now I am studying from NCLEX review books.
    Any suggestions????
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   NursieRN
    Welcome to the board, Rosethorn! I found it very helpful to take
    all the practice tests, and review what I got wrong. The practice
    disk that came with the NCLEX book was also very helpful. It
    gives you rationales for your answers.

    Good luck to you!
  4. by   wv_nurse 2003
    Get your hands on as many practice tests/questions as you can--focus on areas you know you are weak in, and be sure to read the rationales for the ones you miss. Best of luck to you!!
  5. by   rosethorn
    Thank you so much for the info!!!! I appreciate the response. rosethorn
  6. by   grneyes676
    I did about 3500 practice questions...I used the tests that were on disks, most of them would tell you what areas to study based on how well you did with the questions. This was my only method of studying. I freeze up on tests and I think that this really helped with my test anxiety...
  7. by   LaVorneRN
    Honey, you're getting the best advice here on these boards! They are all so right! Practice tests on CD Roms. And focus on strategies. The most recent Comprehensive study(a green book) by Linda Silvestri was one of the 3 I used. Remember the ABC's,prioritization, and Maslow's. I passed and believe me it was nothing short of the grace of God. By the way, take Him in there with you. I did. I am an awful test taker-my classmates can vouch for me there. So I just prayed hard and studied hard. It's all you can do because you can't possibly know it all. Also if taking long tests stresses you out(as it does me) sit down and do practice tests with over 200 questions. When you sit for your boards it will feel familiar and you would have built up a tolerance for answering all those doggone questions. And don't focus on one area more than another(like cardiac vs peds). Try to give as equal attention to everything as possible. Just relax, pray, and study. In that order. You'll do fine. Feel free to contact me if you need a little spiritual/mental boost!
    Mad blessings!
  8. by   CCL"Babe"
    To be quite honest, I didn't study. I tried, but would get all twisted with what I thought I had to learn. I finally decided that if I hadn't learned it in three year, I wasn't suddenly going to learn it in a month. I passed with flying colors. I know that this is contrary to what most people do, but it worked for me.
  9. by   Rapheal
    Multiple choice NCLEX style questions, over and over again. You learned the content in school, so hone your crticial thinking skills by taking many practice tests. This also helps develop neural pathways to the part of your brain that you will be accessing for the test. (Think of a path in the woods, easy to travel because everyone keeps using it, keeping it clear for travel, just like your brain needs a path from the critical thinking center to your memory).

    Then very shortly, repeat after me: I am an RN, I am an RN. Good luck!!! You will do great.
  10. by   love4neos
    The KAPLAN prep course extremely boosted my confidence. It was great teaching strategies for the NCLEX. Relax when you go in. You will be fine.
  11. by   vaughanmk
    I just graduated myself and haven't taken boards yet, but I have talked to a lot of nurses that graduated in the past few years. All of them said practice, practice, practice. They all did as many questions as they could and all of them passed their first time.
  12. by   Mito
    I am taking the CNAT same as NCLX in US this june and I have been using the portable RN handbook to study as well as the Davis, Kaplan and Canadian RN prep guide . I don't know if this is the right strategy but it is the only one I can think of.

    Mito
  13. by   rosemadder
    i, too, will be taking boards. the thing that i have heard that trips people up is their anxiety level. people who had had high grade point averages still messed up due to anxiety level. so i guess relaxation techniques might come in very handy!!
  14. by   any
    I, also, suggest the Kaplan NCLEX review course.

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