Quote from beachbutterfly
I just did like 180 questions on Kaplan CD and I scored 66%,is that bad?
I feel so completely dumb,those questions are so freaking hard I swear,a lot of those questions about different types of tractions (I hate those get them confused all the time.Also definitely the questioned are stated so weird,I score better on Saunders tests (like 76%)
I'm studying a lot too. I'm doing 100 questions a day. I did that Saunders assessment calendar with the 4th edition. I'm following the calendar by doing 100 questions for each chapter and reviewing the rationales. I was reviewing content after I graduated in May 16 but it was too much for me and I feel I wasn't retaining information well.
I was spending way too much time studying each day everyday: Wake up around 9am, begin reading a chapter, doing end of chapter questions and reviewing rationales, taking 10-15 breaks in between. Then try to do another chapter as the calendar says to. I wouldn't finish until 5-7pm if I'm studying straight through and I'm trying to skim the content as fast as I can too! With this, my mind/body could only handle 50 questions/reviewing rationales at most. So I STOPPED this, my head was fatigued and hurting by the end of the day from too much studying in one period/day and I figured it wouldn't be healthy for me to do this for 1-3 months.
I asked around for studying tips from my friends who graduated before me and took the NCLEX and passed the first time. Some took Kaplan, some didn't. They all said, you can review a lot by doing 100 questions a day in each chapter/topic from the Saunder's review book CD and reading the rationales. I've even heard that the Saunder's Q&A book/CD is a bit more difficult questions, but is also an excellent book to do questions and review rationales if you don't want to use the Saunders comprehensive review CD (easier to see font on the Q&A CD). Many of those who took the NCLEX said they didn't study for more than a 3 weeks-1month before their test date and during that time period, they were just doing questions after questions and reviewing rationales day after day.
My previous professor who taught our NCLEX review course at our University which was a credit course, said after I graduated and asked her for advice, 100 questions is a lot to do and 200+ questions in one day is too much for most people and it'll burn you out faster. She teaches Kaplan classes and so I guess she knows the strategies and recommended study methods.
So there, I've been doing 100questions a day for each chapter on the Saunders Q&A CD, following the assessment calendar from the Saunders comprehensive review, reading the specific content if I didn't know or understand, with reviewing rationales and thats it since last week. Its been easier on my brain and I could concentrate and retain more rationales and strategies. I plan to take my test in early July. By then I should have done about 4200-4900/5000 questions.