How are you studying?

  1. Just wondering how those of you that are studying for the NCLEX are studying. I'm trying really hard, but I no clue where to begin. I took Kaplan so I think I may just listen to their lectures, follow along with their book, and do their question trainer CD. If I run across anything that I don't know I'll review it then. How about everyone else?

    Rachel
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    hello, rachel.

    i have begun studying with the two nclex review books i own. they together total over 7,000 questions. my review class starts this saturday. i plan to study/review until one to two days prior to taking the nclex.
  4. by   RNMedicFL
    I did over 1000 Mosby Questions, plus a bunch of Saunders CD-ROM questions. I also read the Kaplan Book and did the practice test on CD. I'm making sure I know all my normal lab values (electrolytes, Hematology, etc.) and then brushing up on weak areas (renal, l&d). I still don't feel like I know enough, but will I ever feel ready? I haven't taken any review courses either. Saturday's the big day, so I'll let you know how it goes.
  5. by   starcandy
    I had a ERI live review earlier this week and now I am studying Saunders CD with 100 questions a day and Kaplan. I really don't know how to study all this information except answering a lot of questions. I started making psych drug cards and learning lab values and remembering all the cranial nerves. I did well in school, but I do not do well on standardized tests. I am really getting nervous about the NCLEX.
  6. by   rachelaleanRN2B
    Quote from starcandy
    I had a ERI live review earlier this week and now I am studying Saunders CD with 100 questions a day and Kaplan. I really don't know how to study all this information except answering a lot of questions. I started making psych drug cards and learning lab values and remembering all the cranial nerves. I did well in school, but I do not do well on standardized tests. I am really getting nervous about the NCLEX.

    I know how you feel. Although I don't get nervous about tests, I am still scared to take this exam. I have been doing so many questions and I have been scoring 70s on Kaplan tests. I took the Kaplan review class and was one out of 5 that passed the diagnostic and readiness tests out of a class of 50 students. With that all said, I am still scared. I was an A/B student in nursing school and never failed a test. If I don't get a test date soon I think I might die!!!!!!!
  7. by   RNMedicFL
    I took the NCLEX on Saturday. I knew all my lab values and didn't have a single question about them. I knew the cranial nerves too...nothing. One calculation appeared, but it was very simple. One newborn question. Lots of pharm...LOTS OF PHARM. But, again, everyone's test is so different. Kaplan's test-taking skills helped a lot...I hope. Won't know my results for at least 2 more days.
  8. by   purplemania
    I tell grads to practice, practice, practice taking NCLEX-type questions. It is the language that trips you up, not the content. Remember, 80% of test-takers pass the first time so the odds are in your favor.
  9. by   newgrad04
    Quote from RNMedicFL
    I took the NCLEX on Saturday. I knew all my lab values and didn't have a single question about them. I knew the cranial nerves too...nothing. One calculation appeared, but it was very simple. One newborn question. Lots of pharm...LOTS OF PHARM. But, again, everyone's test is so different. Kaplan's test-taking skills helped a lot...I hope. Won't know my results for at least 2 more days.
    How to study - that's the big question. I have a Mosby review book, and 'NCLEX-RN Q&A made incredibly easy'. I guess, I'll just practice, practice, practice. I also signed up for Delma Learning - online practice tests for 50 bucks. Another 3000 Questions. I'm probably over-doing it, but I'm nervous!!!! I hope, I get my ATT soon, before I go nuts!!!!!
  10. by   RNMedicFL
    If you think you're going nuts now, just wait and see how you feel when you've taken the boards and are waiting on the results! Does anybody know the caloric value of fingernails?????
  11. by   jazznkate
    Hi, what kind of Pharm questions did you have on your Board exam on Saturday. Would you give me an example. I'm taking mine soon.
  12. by   leraern
    I Have Been Using Saunders, Lippincott, Kaplan, And The Nclex 3000 Disks. I Can't Afford Any Review Classes Right Now So I Have To Rely On Myself. I'm Not Sure If This Is Enough But I Am Still Answering Questions. I Am Taking The Test On June 19, I Pushed It Back From May 22. But Like Everyone Keeps Saying, Will I Ever Be Ready. Anyway, Thats What I Am Using To Study.
  13. by   lovinghands
    I am studying with a mosby's review book/cd plus my school has a set up an online review course thru the ncbsn website. I also have review books from the standardized tests we had each semester of school. I am studying but feel kinda disorganized. I received my ATT today and nearly fainted. :uhoh21: Suddenly, it dawned on me that I need to get focused. I plan to test June 15. Good luck all!
  14. by   mwtello
    I did almost 1500 ?'s from Mosby's and Lippincott's. I don't think that I could have done anyting else to prepare. All I can say is that it was really hard. I just don't think there was really one right answer on most of the ?'s. The test turned off after 75?'s and all I can do now is wait. You know we are all in school for 2 years and if that can't prepare us for the NCLEX I don't know what can. Good luck everyone!! You CAN do it.

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