HELP!! NCLEX RN this December

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    Do you have any suggestions for a study plan? I got less than 2 months to study for nclex.. i feel my study habits will not make me pass the nclex ugh which is really frustrating..
    I haven't finish the feuer audio (was supposed to finish them last week) then my saunders book haven't arrived yet I got exam cram practice questions and PDA by lacharity(was suppose to do a Q&A week this week) but I feel I need to review more on content
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    my exam is also in december and this is my study plan so far.
    1. @ least 200q each day.
    2. i signed up for 5wks review with ncsbn. i love it
    3. i also do PDA by lacharity @ nite after my bzby and husband go to sleep for about and hr and a half or maybe less.
    4. am also reading kaplan 2012-2013. its an ok book
    5. i take flash cards to work and use it on my break time.
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    I'm in the same boat as you. I've rescheduled my NCLEX RN exam for December. I felt I'm not ready and needed more content review. At the same time, I really did not have a "structured study plan" and was all over the place when it came to studying.

    In reading a number of AN postings, I came upon MaryAnn Hogan's book and went to B&N to browse through it. Formatting of the book fit my type of learning and decided to purchase it. Granted, I already have Saunders, PDA, Kaplan, NCLEX 10,000, Exam Cram, Hurst (2 books) and also did NCSBN.

    I'm starting to delve deeper into MaryAnn Hogan's [COLOR=#003366]Pearson Reviews & Rationales: Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN, (013262107X), Mary Ann Hogan, Textbooks - Barnes & Noble[/COLOR]. I like the fact that I can retake unlimited number of tests online for each client need category based on my diagnostic pre-test result. And the good thing is...access is good for a year from time its activated. You have online access to the book.

    Here's excerpt from study plan:
    "The Client Needs study plan will help you focus on and master the eight Client Need outcomes covered on the NCLEX-RNŽ exam. To begin, complete the 100 question Diagnostic Pretest. Based on the results of your pretest, you will be assigned a study activity, a self test quiz, and links to the eText for each Client Need outcome for which you need additional study."

    "For those who want to prepare for the NCLEX-RN(R), taking multiple practice tests online will help you become more familiar with the computer-based testing experience, especially for the new alternate item formats such as audio, media-enhanced, hot spot, and exhibit questions. With this new edition, use the code printed inside the front cover of the book to access more than 5,600 practice questions using all NCLEX(R)-style formats. This includes the practice questions found in all chapters of the book as well as the comprehensive exam questions. Plus, it contains 4,000 NEW question to help you further evaluate your readiness for the exam and hone your test-taking skills. This allows you to choose two ways to prepare for the NCLEX-RN(R). Both approaches personalize your practice experience according to what stage you are at in your NCLEX(R) preparation."

    How I study:----

    1.) I follow the study plan religiously and re-read the section if my score is below 75% then retake the exam. I would also answer questions on the same client needs category using PDA and NCLEX 10,000. I would also refer to other books just in case I need a little more clarity or detailed explanation about a disease process, nursing management, medication, etc. Yeah, this is definitely my OCD kicking in However, since I graduated eons of years ago, I need all the help I can get. As Aunt Marlene would say, "must know it without a doubt and without hesitation."

    2.) Once I've mastered Cardiovascular for example, then I would move on to the next chapter listed on my study plan.

    Good luck to you!!!
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    First and for most. God helped me pass but below is the study material that I used.

    Hurst Review: I absolutely loved how they broke down each subject. They have a way of explaining things in a way that will stick with you. Pros: Easy to follow and you can go at your own pace. Con: $300.00 but was well worth it.

    Exam Cram: Great practice test. Chapters are short and to the point.


    Saunders: I only read two chapters. It was very overwhelming and the questions were way to easy. Good for brushing up on content after doing hurst review.


    PDA: This is a must. I learned so much from this book. Questions are very similar to the NCLEX.

    Kaplan Strategy Book: LOVED it. The questions are great for prepping you for the NCLEX.

    All these books help me pass the NCLEX on 10/09/2012
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    Congrats Godismyangel and I am sure that God did help you remember all the facts that you needed to.

    Hey, I went through the 4 hour review given every Saturday.. It is $75 but for 4 hours I thought that was good and you are able to ask questions and see what they are talking about through a Go To Meeting so you would want visual and audio. It brought out things I did not get through just the study material. There were people on there that had failed the NCLEX and at the end said they thought it helped. Anyway it is taught by a man who has helped others pass for 6 years or so - his name is Neil White - you can find information about it at whiteandyoung.com - you can take it as many times as you want - of course there is a charge each time.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote from roseonye
    my exam is also in december and this is my study plan so far.
    1. @ least 200q each day.
    2. i signed up for 5wks review with ncsbn. i love it
    3. i also do PDA by lacharity @ nite after my bzby and husband go to sleep for about and hr and a half or maybe less.
    4. am also reading kaplan 2012-2013. its an ok book
    5. i take flash cards to work and use it on my break time.
    thanks soo much for the tips..hope we'll make it this december
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    Quote from begosh
    I'm in the same boat as you. I've rescheduled my NCLEX RN exam for December. I felt I'm not ready and needed more content review. At the same time, I really did not have a "structured study plan" and was all over the place when it came to studying.

    In reading a number of AN postings, I came upon MaryAnn Hogan's book and went to B&N to browse through it. Formatting of the book fit my type of learning and decided to purchase it. Granted, I already have Saunders, PDA, Kaplan, NCLEX 10,000, Exam Cram, Hurst (2 books) and also did NCSBN.

    I'm starting to delve deeper into MaryAnn Hogan's [COLOR=#003366]Pearson Reviews & Rationales: Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN, (013262107X), Mary Ann Hogan, Textbooks - Barnes & Noble[/COLOR]. I like the fact that I can retake unlimited number of tests online for each client need category based on my diagnostic pre-test result. And the good thing is...access is good for a year from time its activated. You have online access to the book.

    Here's excerpt from study plan:
    "The Client Needs study plan will help you focus on and master the eight Client Need outcomes covered on the NCLEX-RNŽ exam. To begin, complete the 100 question Diagnostic Pretest. Based on the results of your pretest, you will be assigned a study activity, a self test quiz, and links to the eText for each Client Need outcome for which you need additional study."

    "For those who want to prepare for the NCLEX-RN(R), taking multiple practice tests online will help you become more familiar with the computer-based testing experience, especially for the new alternate item formats such as audio, media-enhanced, hot spot, and exhibit questions. With this new edition, use the code printed inside the front cover of the book to access more than 5,600 practice questions using all NCLEX(R)-style formats. This includes the practice questions found in all chapters of the book as well as the comprehensive exam questions. Plus, it contains 4,000 NEW question to help you further evaluate your readiness for the exam and hone your test-taking skills. This allows you to choose two ways to prepare for the NCLEX-RN(R). Both approaches personalize your practice experience according to what stage you are at in your NCLEX(R) preparation."

    How I study:----

    1.) I follow the study plan religiously and re-read the section if my score is below 75% then retake the exam. I would also answer questions on the same client needs category using PDA and NCLEX 10,000. I would also refer to other books just in case I need a little more clarity or detailed explanation about a disease process, nursing management, medication, etc. Yeah, this is definitely my OCD kicking in However, since I graduated eons of years ago, I need all the help I can get. As Aunt Marlene would say, "must know it without a doubt and without hesitation."

    2.) Once I've mastered Cardiovascular for example, then I would move on to the next chapter listed on my study plan.

    Good luck to you!!!
    thanks a lot.. hopefully 6 weeks will be enough for me to cover everything up..
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    Quote from Godismyangel
    First and for most. God helped me pass but below is the study material that I used.

    Hurst Review: I absolutely loved how they broke down each subject. They have a way of explaining things in a way that will stick with you. Pros: Easy to follow and you can go at your own pace. Con: $300.00 but was well worth it.

    Exam Cram: Great practice test. Chapters are short and to the point.


    Saunders: I only read two chapters. It was very overwhelming and the questions were way to easy. Good for brushing up on content after doing hurst review.


    PDA: This is a must. I learned so much from this book. Questions are very similar to the NCLEX.

    Kaplan Strategy Book: LOVED it. The questions are great for prepping you for the NCLEX.

    All these books help me pass the NCLEX on 10/09/2012
    wow congrats.. will do the same with hurst review and saunders hopefully i won't get overwhelmed with saunders
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    Quote from stupendouslyawesome
    Congrats Godismyangel and I am sure that God did help you remember all the facts that you needed to.

    Hey, I went through the 4 hour review given every Saturday.. It is $75 but for 4 hours I thought that was good and you are able to ask questions and see what they are talking about through a Go To Meeting so you would want visual and audio. It brought out things I did not get through just the study material. There were people on there that had failed the NCLEX and at the end said they thought it helped. Anyway it is taught by a man who has helped others pass for 6 years or so - his name is Neil White - you can find information about it at whiteandyoung.com - you can take it as many times as you want - of course there is a charge each time.

    Hope this helps.
    ok thanks will check it out
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    Hello Rizmei,
    Just wanted to know if you are still looking for a study partner. If so I'm able to study with you just let me know and then we can figure out an schedule.
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