Hurst vs Kaplan: My review of both! - page 2

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Hey Everybody Right now, I am in the process of studying for the NCLEX-RN and luckily for me, I have taken both Hurst and Kaplan (long story but I only paid for one). I know a lot of people on this board are deciding what to... Read More


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    Quote from RunawayNstudent
    Hey Everybody

    Right now, I am in the process of studying for the NCLEX-RN and luckily for me, I have taken both Hurst and Kaplan (long story but I only paid for one). I know a lot of people on this board are deciding what to take so I wanted to write this to try and help you make your decision based on my experiences with both online programs.

    Hurst vs Kaplan: PRESENTATION
    The biggest difference between Hurst and Kaplan is in presentation. For me, this is a big selling point because if I was going to spend X amount of hours in front of a computer screen, I needed it to keep me engaged and I did not want to dread looking at the timer. Hurst was definitely the better of the two. It's engaging and even through an online lecture, it felt more interactive. The lecturers will ask you questions if you are like me, you will answer them out loud at a Starbucks. More so, presenters are very charismatic and animated and at times, I just found myself laughing at the way they presented the material.

    Kaplan is decent and well spoken but their presenters are bland. A lot of times, it felt as though they were just talking and not talking to us, the students. There are a lot of topics on the nclex to cover but Kaplan felt like a race to the finish while hitting as many topics as possible.

    Other thoughts on Presentation:
    -Hurst's videos look like old VHS tapes and their video player would occasionally stall. Hurst looks HD.

    -The best way to describe the difference in presentation is that Hurst felt more small classroom with less then 30 students whereas Kaplan felt more like a lecture hall with 500 students.

    -It's obvious that both Hurst and Kaplan have their presenters looking at their notes, no biggie.

    -Do people from the south really, really, love Walmart? I could have sworn Hurst mentioned Walmart at least 5 times.

    CONTENT
    Hurst vs Kaplan:

    Hurst organizes their program by system (e.g. cardio, respiratory, neuro) and Kaplan organized their program by NCLEX categories (e.g reduction of risk potential, physiological adaptation). The big difference between the two is that you will leave Hurst feeling like you know certain things but after, you will tell yourself, "wait, they didn't go over so-and-so" whereas Kaplan, you will feel like "oh my god, they went through everything, how am I suppose to know all this."

    Overall, I liked Hurst better. The best way I could explain it is by comparing the topics: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Kaplan did a good job going through what you need to know for these two topics but for application, Hurst simplified the idea and applied it on a higher level. For hurst, they had us think of Hyperthyroidism as "Too much energy." By that simple thought process, it activated that critical thinking portion of my mind

    Other thoughts on Content:
    -Don't get me wrong, Kaplan is good. The benefit with Kaplan is that if you are weak in one specific area of the test then you could just concentrate on that one area.

    -And yes, it did feel like Hurst missed a couple of topics/disorders I thought were important.

    -Kaplan also has the Decision Tree which is worth the price alone.

    -Ok, Kaplan has a lecture of Meds and Hurst does not have a lecture on Meds. Is it a big deal? Well, yes because meds are important but Hurst has a really good print-outs of medications and what you need to know. But of course, Kaplan has a video on meds!!

    -If the allnurses' board consensus is that Hurst is about core content whereas Kaplan is about testing strategies, then I agree with that statement.

    BOOK
    Kaplan's Course book is available on amazon for free if you're interested in taking a look. For Hurst online, get ready to print a lot of pages!! Personally, I didn't like both of them. Kaplan was an ebook so I didn't get to write on the pages and Hurst was an outline of a lecture where students fill in the blanks as the lecture goes on. Plus, I had to print out so many pages of paper.

    QUESTIONS
    Kaplan's QBank with diagnostic testing vs Hurst's 6 exams (125 questions each). Winner, Kaplan.

    Other thoughts on questions:
    -Hurst's answer rationals show some spunk. The explanations to some of the rationals will taunt you and will call you a "KILLER." Imagine GLaDOS from the Portal games.

    -Never do an online test at Starbucks with slow internet.

    -I don't think there was a difference in question difficulty.

    OVERALL THOUGHTS
    Overall, it depends on what kind of student you are. If you feel as though you retained most of the information from your years of nursing schools (or year depending if your program was accelerated), then Kaplan may be your choice. However, if you feel like you still remember some topics but forgot about them and need that refresher course on everything, then Hurst is definitely for you.

    FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT BOTH PROGRAMS
    As I just finished the NCLEX,I wanted to add another category to this:

    WHAT HELPED ME ON THE NCLEX?

    After taking the NCLEX, I can say that Hurst has prepared me for the NCLEX more then Kaplan. I was able to understand and more importantly, comprehend, the content. And that will get you through the exam. Don't get me wrong, Kaplan was good only because of the decision tree and the Q-Bank however, there are other ways to learn testing strategies and there are other resources to practice questions.
    ​FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS
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    Thank you Runaway!
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    What are your scores for the tests on the hurst review?
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    Quote from jmtanchuan
    What are your scores for the tests on the hurst review?
    I think I started at 65 and I progressive made my way up to 90. If I remember correctly, if you could make it up to 85, then that's a good sign.
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    Thanks for the post! Im also reviewing both Hurst and Kaplan now.
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    Quote from syalissa
    Is there hurst for lpn?
    Yes there is. If you live in LA you can find it at the public library
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    My program fees include the Kaplan review so, I think I am going to pay for the Hurst Review as well. I respond really well to the interactive, fill in the blank, method. Both Kaplan and Hurst come to my school... has anyone done the live versions?
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    I used both. Hurst and Kaplan qBank.

    HURST is AWESOME for content. But don't be surprise if you see questions on the boards that are not covered by HURST I loved the video lectures. I remember days I was falling asleep and in my head I heard lecture all over again. It felt like they were whispering to my ears good night story lol

    Kaplan is great for questions. Those questions are higher level application style. I always was getting better scores with hurst as their questions are easier. Even hurst prioritization/delegation questions I found way easier then Kaplan.

    I did LIVE version of Hurst. It was good and I founded very helpful. Of course, I watched videos/lectures over again at home when I was studying for boards.


    Good luck!
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    Thanks for this review! My school offers kaplan and since I already paid for it! plus my weakest I feel are meds so i'm glad Kaplan reviews that! Thanks again for this awesome post..very helpful!
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    I took the Hurst review May 22-24 in Modesto and took my NCLEX on June 4th and passed first try. While taking the test I could hear those southern accents saying " Thats not nice" "your a Killer" if you use the process they teach you to answer your questions you will pass. Most of those questions were hard things I wasn't sure about I applied the core content and listened to their voices playing back in my head to guide me. Good Luck Everyone


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