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- by hklilsm Jun 24, '12So I graduated in December and bought the Hurst review awhile back in (feb). Its been 6 months since I have graduated. As many of you guys who have bought the Hurst review it was said not to take the NCLEX during times of hardship. When I graduated, one of my family member was diagnosed with cancer in december. It was extremely hectic and I feel like I have lost so many months of studying, moving on with my life, etc etc etc. Currently, I am the caregiver, jobless and constantly taking care of my family and family issues also taking my family member to the hospital everyday for PT/OT, appointments, etc. During this time I also have more responsibilities for financial issues as well. Honestly, my life is on a hold. Regarding NCLEX, I was already scheduled for Nclex but I had to make a decision to cancel it or take it and take my chances of passing. So I ended up taking the NCLEX and failed at 75 questions without really studying much. Now that I am trying to get back to studying, I find it difficult to study, cant focus, I made my schedule several times and been unsuccessful in following it. This time around I have made my schedule by studying for only Hurst review for about 3 months maybe? and taking Saunders question and/or NCLEX 4000. My schedule is basic such as every topic, for example, fluid and electrolytes.. I take three days to study it. All my Hurst notes are completed. I only have to now sit down and study. I want some tips on how I should do it. Also, my schedule for studying is only 5 days (weekdays). I keep my weekends for catch up day/break days, because everyday its something new occurs/issues, which can delay my studying. There's a lot of peer pressure as well from family, bf, etc about passing and studying for NCLEX and I like to pass on my second time around, if not I have wasted almost year and scared about not passing later. I have read lotta threads and one thread I read about a lady who was out of nursing school for over a year and half and took Kaplan failed at 75, then she took HUrst review and did NCLEX 4000 CD failed 2nd time at 265 question because she was rushing and then again she took it the 3rd time and passed. Also, I have read under threads that many people take only few weeks usually less than a month to study. I want an idea of a study plan, many people can help me it would be great to view everyones opinions on it. I already decided I am only doing Hurst review, Saunder question and/or NCLEX 4000 and maybe ATI question app since I already bought it. Thinking to do ATI questions when I am at the hospital or somewhere that I cant take my hurst reviews with me. So any tips on how I should study and how many hours should I put into it and I kinda dont want to wait for 3 months to take my nclex would like to take it within 2 months or 2 1/2 months, do you guys think its possible. I know I probably cant put more then 5 hours in to my day for studying. Oh also, I am thinking to take NCSBN review ONLY for practice question once I am done with Hurst Review (maybe do the questions for 2 weeks or maybe 1 week.. what do you guys think?). Your help will be highly appreciated!! Thanks!!
- Jun 25, '12 by hklilsmHelp Needed ASAP!!
- Jun 25, '12 by mydestinyyQuote from hklilsmWell ypu are on the right track..studying 5 days a week..5 hours hmmm...hurst review , saunders, nclex 4000 ..Help Needed ASAP!!
First of all remember..as long as it is " quality time " 5 hours sounds great.. Taking breaks here n there..should be fine.. I listened to hurst..n made sure i knew my content..i did one topic a day..going slow..making sure i " understood " it . Then i moved on to practising questions from saunders..kaplan q trainers..prioritization and delegation..n exam cram cd..but really it works better if you stick to few but make sure you get the rationales...
You can do this...i had a lot going on too..like a lot!! But i just prayed n focused on my hours of study..one day a time..one topic at a time..just have faith in yourself..you can do this..
- Jun 26, '12 by hklilsmThanks for your input. I find it difficult to get one topic a day in, because theres so much information that I forgot that it is taking me more time to study. Just one topic takes me 3 days to study, but after awhile i tend to forget it. Any tips on that? Because if your studying one topic a day, after 10 days of not looking at the topic dont you tend to forget it? I guess I feel so nervous and thats why I am not retaining much information
- Jun 26, '12 by mydestinyyQuote from hklilsmHey you are welcome.. If you think one topic a day is too much thats alright..break it into smaller topics..even better..i did one a day cos i didnt have a long time to prepare..but yeah just do whatever helps you..n yes i did forget the content not once not twice but over n over n over but i went back n listened to it again..like marlene says repition repition repition..no one can remember it all at one shot..you got this..just stay focus n i dont know if i mentioned it earlier or not you need to make a study calender..i got myself a planner n filled it up..before that my studying was going no where..good luck n lemme know if i can be of any helpThanks for your input. I find it difficult to get one topic a day in, because theres so much information that I forgot that it is taking me more time to study. Just one topic takes me 3 days to study, but after awhile i tend to forget it. Any tips on that? Because if your studying one topic a day, after 10 days of not looking at the topic dont you tend to forget it? I guess I feel so nervous and thats why I am not retaining much information
- Jun 27, '12 by afoxWith my Hurst- I listened to 2 or 3 lectures a day until they were all done. Then I Went through all of the note packets and saw what I "remembered" I focused on the parts that I hadn't remembered when I continued to study. No point in rewriting material you already know. Anyway, The Lacharity Prioritization, Delegation, Assignment book is awesome. I also liked the Davis Success' Series of books to reinforce core content. For Nclex try focusing on Infection Control and prioritization (which patient do you see first?)
- Jun 27, '12 by tinkchic2121I suggest a study calendar. I did the Hurst on site review at a local college and decided to incorporate what I got from Hurst into a calendar. I gave 3 days to review/understand each lecture, making sure to review what I covered the previous day. REPITITION IS KEY. Plus I did a minimum of 70 questions a day, reading the rationales from Saunders and ATI. The week before my test date I completed the Hurst questions. I completed well over 4000 questions in a month and a half timeframe and knew my "core content", including pharmacy (I reviewed drugs That related to the topic I was covering). Passed NCLEX with 75 questions.
- Jun 28, '12 by hklilsmmydestinyy... THANKSSS!!!! I have a calendar and its all filled up. There are times where I'm so exhausted from the daily run around that I dont feel like studying. Its hard to motivate myself but I know that I cannot be behind, because last week I decided to study 5 days a week instead it became 2 days of studying. The more I put this back the further I'll be from passing and cant wait to get it over with!! I notice the days I dont feel like studying, I decide to just watch the videos because I rather do something then nothing. I'm very visual person so it is more interesting to me to watch vs look at the book. Also, I started having my brother test me as we drive to the hospital/home. Again, I'm repeating what I have studied so I don't forget
- Jun 28, '12 by hklilsmQuote from LLMSNRNCDcHi Don't study to memorize. Study to learn and understand. Memorizing is not going to help. NCLEX is high level analysis and application. You may want to learn test-taking strategies. Where in US are you?
Yah I agree with you about not memorizing, but I think you have to memorize in order to remember it. I mean what if you cant understand certain topics, because I know Im pretty weak in Pedi and OB stuff. And when I took my NCLEX i got a lot of Pedi and OB questions