how to study for exams...? these are supposedly "NCLEX" style questions

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    Book: http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-N...=9780323079334

    I also purchased: http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-S...mental+success

    My professor said the lectures are supplemental to the book and we do not have to come to class. This has been a self-learn course, since we started. I am not the only person who feels like going to class is a waste of time, either... though I have not missed a day. another story for another time... anyway:

    I have read all chapters and memorized every definition (to understand the language). I am bombing chapter review questions from both books… I have never put in this much effort in school and have never felt so unprepared.

    I have a test in the afternoon and have been studying for the past 3 days. I am not doing something right here… any tips on studying?
    Last edit by startingovragain on Sep 4, '12
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    A self-taught fundamentals course? A professor that doesn't require you to come to class? You're paying who for this? It's no wonder you feel so unprepared, this doesn't sound like a proper way to introduce "nursing 101" to anyone!

    With that said:
    -Study the key headings in each section
    -Study any vocabulary words
    -Answer the practice questions at the end of each chapter or answer the outcomes at the beginning

    I'm sorry that's all I got, I really have no idea what your instructor will have in mind.
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    Hi startingovr-
    The first thing you must know is that nursing is not about what you KNOW, it's about what you WOULD DO based on what you know. You can read and study all you want, but it's your approach to questions that is key.

    The purpose of the NCLEX is to determine whether or not you are minimally "competent" to provide nursing care. "NCLEX style questions" must be read from a "what is the BEST option in light of the question. Pay attention to key words like "first", "priority", "most important" etc. Do not read into questions. Do not ask "but what if"... And do not base your answer on "how they do things at work" (if you are a CNA). The NCLEX world is perfect and questions must be answered based on that perfect world, ---do the best (and right) thing.

    Hope this helps. Good luck
    Dawn
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    Startingovr, that sounds like great advice. I so often get tripped up on those keys words in questions...
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    I meant Dmapp63...
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    Nclex review books like Saunders might help. I know that I had a hard time on my first exam in PN school. I ended up with an 89 but felt I could have done much better. Then I got a Sunaders Nclex review book and read the topics associted with each test and then took the end of chapter quiz. Nclex style questions require practice, in my opinion. Good luck!
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    Quote from gatoraimsLPN
    Nclex review books like Saunders might help. I know that I had a hard time on my first exam in PN school. I ended up with an 89 but felt I could have done much better. Then I got a Sunaders Nclex review book and read the topics associted with each test and then took the end of chapter quiz. Nclex style questions require practice, in my opinion. Good luck!
    i went ahead and purchased that book... 1st exam score was 34/50. ironic, because i did not know (guessed) on 16 of them. our grading scale is 80% or better to PASS the entire course. i am discouraged at the moment. i am hoping i can come back here 6 months from now and post i pass. ha~!
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    im reading the same book for my process class. understanding the difference between nursing diagnoses and medical diagnoses is key!!! i always found myself wanting to answer based on the medical diagnoses but that is not our concern as nurses pay attention to what the patient response is (anything related to the nursing scope) once i understood what nursing diagnoses was i started getting a better grasp of the questions. reading chapters 15-21 opened my eyes and helped me.
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    My suggestion doesn't sound like a suggestion, but it is what a lot of students, including myself said a semester or two after our first clinical class. Know the material. Don't just memorize the words, but really know the material so you cant think through the questions.

    For NCLEX style questions you can NEVER add information to the question. If a question says, "Is driving faster than walking?" You just say yes. You don't add in hypotheticals like "well, what if the car broke down, or what if it was a surface your couldn't drive over, etc. etc." That is where many students faulter, adding info. or twisting the question.

    Always underline when the questions says 'except for' or 'NOT.'

    Lastly, read the question, really read it. Ask yourself what am I being asked? This seems too simple, but you'll start to realize that you'll get a few wrong because you read it wrong, jumped ahead, OR you chose an answer that is correct, but doesn't answer what the question directly asked.
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    posted twice. oops.


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