The middle was the hardest for me.... beginning is simple nursing and getting introduced. middle is man it's getting harder and im not quite thinking like a nurse should and now i really have to learn critical thinking and content.. the end is a little easier yes we deal with harder concepts but have almost mastered thinking like a nurse so it doesnt seem impossible like it did in the middle.
I spent about 3-4 hours a day studying. However the 10 days to a week leading up to a test I would increase my time by a lot. The day before it wasnt really unusual to spend about 8 hours if I had the free time just sitting in the library all day finding different ways to study.. group study.. individual study/notes, book, videos on the internet, re writing notes.. nclex trial questions.
I might have done overkill with it but i wanted a fail proof plan so I wouldnt have to worry about whether or not I could succeed or not.
It's worth the hard work and its my greatest accomplishment to me in my life so far. Just try to look at it that way