I'm starting this thread because students (like me) are always freaking out about the exam, NCLEX, quiz, whatever. A lot of this is mirroring what the NCLEX study guides say and some of it doesn't. These are my strategies that work. I'm a high B/low A student, getting ready to graduate.
- Read the whole question and all the answers. Then do it again. Then pick your answer. Then read the question again... to make sure you read it right. Move on.
- In reading the Qs, underline the important information in it. What is it asking you? Don't get mislead by details that are thrown in. Hone in on the key words.
- Key words: Most important, priority, first... are all synonyms. There is more than one way to ask a question and they use them all!
- Think synonyms. For all your concepts, how many ways can you say it. For example, Short of breath=drowning, winded, can't breath, etc.
- If you read a question all the way through, and you say DUH! The obvious answer IS the right answer. It's probably not a trick question
There's more, but it's late and I have clinicals tomorrow. Please add your own! If this is good enough, it might even get stickied!