A question about questions.
- 0It's exactly how the title states. To briefly state my situation, I am starting to move forward into my nursing core classes and of course that entails taking NCLEX type tests. I seem to be struggling with that. It is not because I do not get the material, it is just trying to transition from one test taking technique(ones you find in general education courses) to another(NCLEX type questions).
I usually read a question and look for the right answer right away, rather than look over the question, analyze it, look over the answers, and see what is the BEST answer. I also have trouble with SELECT ALL THAT APPLY questions.
I am starting to step towards a solution by taking more NCLEX type questions at home and getting tutoring from my teachers, however, I just wanted to see what fellow nursing students and maybe even current new grads had done in order to start putting themselves into that type of mind set.
Any help that could be offered would be great, thank you!
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- 0Feb 11, '13 by BloomNurseRNBuy an NCLEX study guide. Normally I don't just go around telling people to spend money but really, it's worth it. I highly recommend Kaplan NCLEX-RN 2012-2013 and Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment: Practice Exercises for the NCLEX Examination. These give practice questions, as well as information on how to break down questions in the NCLEX style. I really do think every nursing student, from the time they start, should use books like these to learn this whole new language. Good luck!
- 0Feb 11, '13 by CC WisconsinI 100% agree with you...the mindset you need for NCLEX-style questions is so different from other tests. All of the answers can be correct, but which is MOST correct? Ughhh. When I first started answering NCLEX-style questions in classes, I was terrible. I think it just comes with practice. I usually go through and read the question first and picture that situation in my head. "What would I do here?" Then I look at the answers and hopefully my answer is in there. If not, I go through each one and ask myself why it is or is not correct.
Sorry, I'm still terrible at the "select all that apply" questions, so I have no advice for you there
Does your school use ATI for practice tests? I'd use those as much as possible. At least how my school has it set up, you are able to see the rationale immediately after you submit each question.
I'd do the NCLEX questions at the end of each chapter and if your textbook has a free site (usually with an activation code), use that...they have a lot of study resources and NCLEX questions on there.
And yes, buy a NCLEX book Good luck!
- 0Feb 11, '13 by springchick1I HATE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY!!!! I study with NCLEX study guides. You can also get class specific books like Fundamentals Success or Reviews and Rationales:Med Surge. They make all sorts of them! And they have been a tremendous help to me! I actually had a test where I got 5/7 of the select all that apply correct It just takes practice. Good luck to you
- 0Feb 11, '13 by 4boysmamaI hate the select all ones...so I got nothing there (though I love the true/false suggestion, going to try that from now on!) On regular nclex-type questions, I cover the answers with my hand while reading the question, and then write next to it what I would do first/look for first/assess first (basically, I short answer the question) and then read the choices and see which fits best with my short answer.
- 0Feb 11, '13 by RubberDuckieLoveCheck out Davis's Q&A series! They have a book just about for every nursing module. A friend (who was in the program a semester ahead of me) recommended the Fundamentals one and it is a great additional resource to look at. Also, as stated before, if your school uses ATI, they should have gave you the ATI books that go along with your modules. They have practice questions in those as well.
- 0Feb 11, '13 by squidbilliesSerious question- how in the world do you all have/make time to study additional books? Are these books quick reads that reinforce the material you've already studied from your required reading? I'm not sure how I could fit any more study material in, but if it's going to help, I'm willing to try.