I wanted to get study tips from those who passed NCLEX, and get some ideas on effective studying habits. I would really appreciate if you can answer these questions:
1. How many hours a day did you study for NCLEX, and for how long?
2. What books did you read? Any book in particular you focused on?
3. Did you take a classroom/online review from Kaplan, Hurst, etc.?
4. Did you answer practice questions? How many per day?
5. Please share any other study habits/tips/resources/books that you feel has greatly helped you in passing NCLEX.
Aug 20, '12
by macgirl, ADN
1) I studied about 2-3 hours a day I broke it up into 2 sessions. To prevent fatigue. 2) Saunders for the review, mosbeys for the questions. Lots of alternate format questions esp. SATA. 3) I bought 3 weeks from the board of nursing site, since they are the ones that make the questions, wouldn't do it again. 4) I mostly did review questions. I broke up the Saunders book and set a goal for chapters cover a day it was like 50 pages day. Some more some less, about 2-3 chapters. Then questions. On topic, with focus on what was hard for me. Think exit HESI. 5) basically take time to relax and sleep. People who sleep after stud inning remember more, it been proven. Also, break up what you need to cover when booking the test. Ie 4 weeks so x chapters/ pages a day. One of my teachers told us in school study for 30 min then take a break. I set a timer and did this. So 1hr was more like 1 1/2 hrs due to breaks
Last edit by macgirl on Aug 20, '12
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I took the Kaplan Review course and then scheduled my test date about 1-1/2 months after. I did all if the q trainers and about 95% of the q bank questions. I only did 50 questions a day, unless I got below a 60%, then I did another 50. I read all of the rationales for my questions. I also read through the study guide from this site a handful of times.I got 75 questions with 9 SATA and passed!I know some people that studied for hours a day using multiple resources that also passed with 75 questions. That way of studying is not for me. You have to determine what works best for you and stick with it.
ETA - I suppose I should change my user name from CST to RN. :-)
Last edit by JamieJCST on Sep 9, '12
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