Hurst with Nclex Help Study Plan

  1. 0 So 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!!
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    Help Needed ASAP!!
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    Help Needed ASAP!!
    Well ypu are on the right track..studying 5 days a week..5 hours hmmm...hurst review , saunders, nclex 4000 ..
    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..
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    Thanks 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
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    Thanks 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
    Hey 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 help
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    Hi 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?
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    With 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?)
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    I 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.
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    mydestinyy... 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
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    Quote from LLMSNRNCDc
    Hi 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
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    With 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?)

    I have the book which is already filled up with the notes. I heard a lot about that book, so I bought it yesterday. I am hoping to do one topic a day so I can get done with the studying within a month vs 3 months and keep review what I dont understand. I have the NCLEX 4000 but its not compatible with my laptop. I have a lot of sources meaning my school was based on ATI, Saunders book. I bought the itouch ATI practice questions, I have HURST, now the Prioritization book. Hoping to just focus on HURST, read the priority book, take ATI app questions .. NCLEX 4000 (maybe do 65 questions from this a day at night)... Saunders CD doesnt work bc I had to update it so now it doesnt work!! but i want to try to do maybe 65 in the morning and 65 at night... many people say do as many questions as possible
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    I 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.

    Thanks for letting me know, because I made my calendar. Last night I went on the Hurst website and it showed how LIVE review divided their reviews between 3 days. Kind of felt too much information to retain within just one day, but hoping to do a topic a day. How long did it take you to study with hurst review? How many hours did you put? Was it everyday? Thanks
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    My advice is not to become overwhelmed with so many different things to study. I thought I needed everything to study and ended up with 10 different books plus my Hurst material. I became completely overwhelmed. I have 3 small children and my life is quite busy as well. Something that helped me learn the HURST material and all throughout nursing school is to record your notes while you are sitting down to study them that way you can listen to them on the road, washing dishes, washing/folding clothes, mowing, or anything else that you have to get done. This way you can listen to much more material and not feel like your selling yourself short by taking care of other responsibilities.
    For the NCLEX, I ended up not worrying about my other 10 books of NCLEX study material (I actually hid it so I couldn't see it!) and just studied HURST. The content is great and if you can just learn it the way they say it, you can apply the information to any disease process. When I sat down Tuesday to take my exam, I immediately started freaking out because my very first question was on some random disease that I had never heard of! But, I used the Hurst material to rationalize each question and my computer shut off at 75 questions! It has been two days today and I am waiting for the quick results to let me check because it still says my test results are unavailable at this time, but I have been getting the good pop up on the PVT since 30 minutes after I took my exam....probably tried it about 50 times now! So, if everybody is right about the PVT, I passed.
    Good luck to you and keep your confidence! I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
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