Quote from mjwillpass
Thanks for the post Charnsuka and words of encouragement. I am currently a repeater and can definitely empathize. I have taken the test so many times I am beyond discouraged. I am at a loss and don't even know where to begin..again...Do you mind me asking what you changed in your studies that worked for you? I understand different things work for different people. I was considering doing the leaning extension and getting a tutor. Learning extension is more in my price range. I did Kaplan a few times and wasn't successful. I will continue on my journey until I succeed
Well to be honest, this is my last time I can take the NCLEX before needing to repeat a refresher course along with clinical hours. We have up to 3 tries, and I've failed twice. So I'm still on the journey with you. Telling myself these things helps clarify my mind.
But what is currently helping me in my studies is:
- I finally picked out one review for content, something that is easy, concise/to the point, and not hard to understand - ReMar Review. It's a review that doesn't overwhelm you with so much information. You'll find a lot of reviews contain TOO much information. I feel this particular review is focusing on the necessary information.
- What also changed is the fact that I'm learning to do content and answer questions. The first time I did only content, the second time it was questions only, and now I figured - I need to do both. You need the knowledge to answer the questions. The questions help reinforce this information. So a good balance of both is really putting the key into the ignition.
- I recently picked up PDA by LaCharity as well. If you're like me and have trouble sometimes with priority questions, this book will definitely help you out! Very much worth it.
- I also purchased Kaplan Strategies 2014-2015 book. I needed something to help with answering questions and different strategies.
- As far as for questions, I'm using questions from ReMar Review, Saunders, and Lippincott Q&A. You can always use different resources for questions. However, for content - I would stick to one source as using multiple sources can start to confuse and overwhelm you.
I had learning extension but I really didn't like it. I felt it was very overwhelming. Also, having a tutor isn't so bad. The review that I'm doing is a self study DVD package. You follow along with DVDs so you don't feel like you're studying by yourself. The creator of this program Regina is very nice btw. She has private tutoring and she is very welcoming if you ever have any questions. She's always responded to me with any questions that I've had in a timely manner. But whatever you do choose to study, make sure it is truly helping you!
Hope this helps. Good luck on your journey and please keep me posted as I am on my own personal journey as well!