just failed the nclex first time around..

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    New to allnurses but have been browsing for a long time, so hi everyone i sadly just took my boards yesterday and found out today i didnt pass ( i had 220 something questions ) so i went through the process and will hopefully retest in 45 days (july 28) anyway i did the kaplan thing and that didnt seem to help me much...so im looking into hurst since theyre not coming my way till august i cant take the class much to my disappointment since i hear such good things. So im getting the book from barnes and nobles and using that and the kaplan as well. any thoughts? im also curious to hear anyones comments on how to study, hour wise, location wise, position wise (lol) im just ready to tackle this by the horns and get those 75 questions and pass so im trying to start off on the right foot and get some feedback on how other people successfully studied. thanks guys have a great night:heartbeat
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    I’m glad to hear you still have a positive attitude about staying motivated for your next exam. I know exactly how you feel. Third time was the charm for me! I suggest you study at least 6-8 hours daily if you are retaking in 45 days. The last 2 weeks I really hit it hard and probably studied the majority of the day. Seems like a lot I know, but it paid off. I never studied that much for my first two exams. I would practice tests ranging everywhere from 75-265 questions. REVIEW every single rationale, why it was right and why it was wrong. I feel like reading the rationales is what really helped me. If there is something you feel you don’t understand when you read the rationales then look it up and read about it until you understand it. Keep doing question after question, then review. I took Kaplan the last go around and passed. I honestly didn’t read my book I only referred back to it. I concentrated more on completing the questions and reviewing each one. At least you will know what to expect next time and if you feel confident you will do just fine.
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    Iím glad to hear you still have a positive attitude about staying motivated for your next exam. I know exactly how you feel. Third time was the charm for me! I suggest you study at least 6-8 hours daily if you are retaking in 45 days. The last 2 weeks I really hit it hard and probably studied the majority of the day. Seems like a lot I know, but it paid off. I never studied that much for my first two exams. I would practice tests ranging everywhere from 75-265 questions. REVIEW every single rationale, why it was right and why it was wrong. I feel like reading the rationales is what really helped me. If there is something you feel you donít understand when you read the rationales then look it up and read about it until you understand it. Keep doing question after question, then review. I took Kaplan the last go around and passed. I honestly didnít read my book I only referred back to it. I concentrated more on completing the questions and reviewing each one. At least you will know what to expect next time and if you feel confident you will do just fine.
    sorry to hear that! Just stay positive and focus on your goal. Have faith in Him! God Bless.

    Hi lucky143, i just wanna ask you does kaplan really help you to answer questions? im currently reviewing the rationales in each questions and will be taking next week. How was your question trainers before? Thank you!
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    You can purchase Hurst online and watch the videos at your convenience rather that attending a live review.
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    Type in "NCLEX question trainer" and you'll get the Kaplan question trainers for free. I did almost all of them. I ended up doing 3,000 practice questions in a month before I took the NCLEX. I had notebooks full of rationales from the questions too because that's how you learn from them. LEARN FROM THE RATIONALES. The Kaplan questions are quite comparable to the actual NLEX. Do 100-200 questions a day.

    I had 80 questions and passed. I had a crapload of select-all-that-apply questions, too. Oh, and know your lab values.
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    I feel like all those reviews (kaplan, hurst and etc.) are just waste of time and money. I found out yesterday that I passed my nclex with 75 questions. All I used is Saunders (latest edition) and studied it for at least 12 hours per day X 10 days before I took my nclex. Also, I used Kaplan on demand but it seemed useless but had to use it since I bought it. So, I would just advice you to grab Saunders book and just study study and study for 2-3 weeks and then 1 week just do questions purely. Good luck!
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    Sorry you did not pass. You will find lots of advice in the NCLEX forum. Just remember to study as if you had not tested before. You do not want to trick yourself into glossing over or skipping an area because you think you "already" know it. Good luck.
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    Quote from 123wannabeanurse
    Type in "NCLEX question trainer" and you'll get the Kaplan question trainers for free. I did almost all of them. I ended up doing 3,000 practice questions in a month before I took the NCLEX. I had notebooks full of rationales from the questions too because that's how you learn from them. LEARN FROM THE RATIONALES. The Kaplan questions are quite comparable to the actual NLEX. Do 100-200 questions a day.

    I had 80 questions and passed. I had a crapload of select-all-that-apply questions, too. Oh, and know your lab values.
    thanks for the advice!! I am going to google this!

    @carvit3308---keep your head up I also failed last week! you are not alone! i'll be retaking my exam around the same time you are too so I read its good to figure out the pace you read when you are tackling these books and set mini-goals for each day and X amount of questions to do. (at least 100).
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    thanks for the advice!! I am going to google this!

    @carvit3308---keep your head up I also failed last week! you are not alone! i'll be retaking my exam around the same time you are too so I read its good to figure out the pace you read when you are tackling these books and set mini-goals for each day and X amount of questions to do. (at least 100).
    Thank you so much everyone I greatly appreticiate all ur feedback, I have an interview for care partner today so I can at least be in the hospital and get first dibs on the jobs for internals only. Wish me luck thanks again u guys are great
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    I'm sure you'll pass the second time around. Just keep on praying and study like you've never taken it before. Goodluck!!! My prayers are with you :redpinkhe


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