nclex review center- dr. carl balita?

  1. guys! can anyone pls. give me feedbacks regarding dr. carl balita's review center in Espana? is it any good?? can u give suggestions on good review school for nclex( excluding kaplan)? tnx.
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  3. by   akoitoh
    dr. carl balita review center is the former Saint louie review center.. uhm they focus in test taking style, i mean it's not like pentagon that have a pure lecture, in carl balita it's Q&A type of review..because of that, sometimes they did not tackle all lessons or watever about nursing.. and sir balita loves to sing hehehe... they are good in building the confidence of their reviewee... it helps me a lot hahaha

    for nclex', they said that Pentagon had 100% passing rate in nclex exam..
  4. by   stsinner
    Quote from akoitoh
    for nclex', they said that Pentagon had 100% passing rate in nclex exam..

    I guess almost all review centers claim that they always have a 100% passing rate.
  5. by   acecareer
    NCLEX is not as hard as most nurses thought IF YOU HAVE PREPARED ENOUGH. I did not go to any review center in prep for my NCLEX cause I learned my lesson. I once attended a review class in prep for NLE, and I got nothing more than what I learned from school. What I did was A LOT OF READING and used Saunders Comprehensive Review AS A GUIDE. I read the entire book and used our college textbooks (MS by Black, MCN by Pilliteri, Pedia by Wong) as reference whenever I cannot explain a certain disease process. I answered the questions at then end of each chapter, and assessed myself by answering the questions in the accompanying CD. I did that for 3 months in Starbucks, while nursing a broken heart. I finished my exam in 1 hour w/ 75 questions. The point is, NCLEX will ask you questions that an entry level nurse MUST know. All of these things are in the books. Lectures are of great help, but YOUR UNDERSTANDING of the concept will be the one to save you when faced with questions that requires CRITICAL THINKING. i KNOW
  6. by   stephensonwater
    don't believe in any centers of firms offering a 100% passing rate in any exams for the possibility of attaining such is from less to no chances. it is not even close to fact. just be attentive in all the lessons regardless of whatever path you may take. take things seriously but don't forget to share some joys with your friends and loved ones. goodluck!
  7. by   acecareer
    Quote from hazelblue
    guys! can anyone pls. give me feedbacks regarding dr. carl balita's review center in Espana? is it any good?? can u give suggestions on good review school for nclex( excluding kaplan)? tnx.
    Self-review worked for me. Most of the questions I encountered in NCLEX were not discussed when I was reviewing for NLE. In NCLEX, UNDERSTANDING is the key. If you know the disease process, you can explain the signs & symptoms, thus, the management. Knowing the diseases common in the US will be useful in answering NCLEX questions. :spin:
  8. by   hazelblue
    tnx for the info akoitoh, i guess dr. balita is not the review center for me if thats the case. yah i know pentagon is good but i've read some forums wherein the moderators here don't recommend those review centers that were involved in the june 2006 leakage exam coz it might affect your US employment in the future. geez, looking for a good review center is harder than i thought
  9. by   akoitoh
    Quote from acecareer
    NCLEX is not as hard as most nurses thought IF YOU HAVE PREPARED ENOUGH. I did not go to any review center in prep for my NCLEX cause I learned my lesson. I once attended a review class in prep for NLE, and I got nothing more than what I learned from school. What I did was A LOT OF READING and used Saunders Comprehensive Review AS A GUIDE. I read the entire book and used our college textbooks (MS by Black, MCN by Pilliteri, Pedia by Wong) as reference whenever I cannot explain a certain disease process. I answered the questions at then end of each chapter, and assessed myself by answering the questions in the accompanying CD. I did that for 3 months in Starbucks, while nursing a broken heart. I finished my exam in 1 hour w/ 75 questions. The point is, NCLEX will ask you questions that an entry level nurse MUST know. All of these things are in the books. Lectures are of great help, but YOUR UNDERSTANDING of the concept will be the one to save you when faced with questions that requires CRITICAL THINKING. i KNOW
    wow, same here, i got nothing in review center for NLE.. i'm going to take my nclex next year, and i want to follow your strategy but im having a hard time to discpline myself for self review, i think if im going to starbucks everyday wwhhaaa i need to pay for coffee of SB everyday...hhaaaay what should i do..:spin: hehehe
  10. by   lawrence01
    St. Louis Review Center was raided earlier in the year by the NBI in conjunction with FSBT (PT Boards - US) for distributing actual NPTE exam questions to their students. This is just FYI.

    http://www.hammondlawfirm.com/health...ruary_2007.htm
  11. by   miss_cy
    reviewing for nclex??? tell you, enrolling in ANY review center here in manila will be just a waste of money because you yourself can just buy the books, cds, and have the comfort of having your own time reviewing at home and STILL PASS THE NCLEX. review centers only gives you the facility.

    it will also confuse you, in a way that majority of nclex testers suggests saunders, while review centers will also suggest it BUT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET BOOKS FROM THEM TOO THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO READ ALL THAT! - result is, rumbled ideas about a certain topic and that will drain you down from exerting your effort to understand a topic.

    GET A RELIABLE BOOK, STAY FOCUS ON IT, PRACTICE Q
  12. by   aying
    Quote from akoitoh
    wow, same here, i got nothing in review center for NLE.. i'm going to take my nclex next year, and i want to follow your strategy but im having a hard time to discpline myself for self review, i think if im going to starbucks everyday wwhhaaa i need to pay for coffee of SB everyday...hhaaaay what should i do..:spin: hehehe
    you don't have to go to starbucks, if you don't want to... but there's a real nice starbucks beside CCP, place is called Harbour View... tables are fronting Manila Bay and it's really really quite there from 10:30 to 4:00 pm. I usually consume a tall brewed coffee there and the staff did not mind me staying there for a while since there is not much customers during those times... but before you start your review, I suggest you take a 265-item assessment test, print the result, & identify your strengths & weaknesses... but I don't suggest you start w/ your weakest link, start from the beginning (i.e. Fundamentals, then Growth & Dev't, followed by complicated OB/Pedia, MS, Psych, then Pharma) or you may want to use the NCSBN module as a guide... I put pharma at the last part because I wanted to make sure that they were the freshest info in my mind when I took the exam, besides, I already encountered a lot of drugs when I was studying the other diseases/systems... the other thing that I did was, I never let new diseases/drugs pass w/o knowing what they were... and I encountered a lot of them during the exam! I also did not let myself move on w/o getting a grade of >80% in 100-item practice test & 75% in a 265-item test... it took me 3 months to prepare for NCLEX and 50 minutes to finish in 75 items, not to mention US$ 750 in expenses
  13. by   akoitoh
    Quote from aying
    you don't have to go to starbucks, if you don't want to... but there's a real nice starbucks beside CCP, place is called Harbour View... tables are fronting Manila Bay and it's really really quite there from 10:30 to 4:00 pm. I usually consume a tall brewed coffee there and the staff did not mind me staying there for a while since there is not much customers during those times... but before you start your review, I suggest you take a 265-item assessment test, print the result, & identify your strengths & weaknesses... but I don't suggest you start w/ your weakest link, start from the beginning (i.e. Fundamentals, then Growth & Dev't, followed by complicated OB/Pedia, MS, Psych, then Pharma) or you may want to use the NCSBN module as a guide... I put pharma at the last part because I wanted to make sure that they were the freshest info in my mind when I took the exam, besides, I already encountered a lot of drugs when I was studying the other diseases/systems... the other thing that I did was, I never let new diseases/drugs pass w/o knowing what they were... and I encountered a lot of them during the exam! I also did not let myself move on w/o getting a grade of >80% in 100-item practice test & 75% in a 265-item test... it took me 3 months to prepare for NCLEX and 50 minutes to finish in 75 items, not to mention US$ 750 in expenses

    wow thank you for advice, i really appreciate it! yah, i know that place, i've been there before and i love that place but it's quite far from my home,,hehehe so i think i need to find another place here in QC..
  14. by   pagcoritannurse06
    100% agree that nothing beats a honest to goodness self review...

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