You sound like me...the ultimate procrastinator
! I could have a month to study for an exam, but 90% of what I'm going to learn and what I'm going to memorize is going to happen an hour or two before the test. If you're into negative reinforcement
, one thing I try to focus on is how crummy I'm going to feel after the test, knowing I didn't do absolutely everything I could to prepare for it:smackingf.
In your case, you must be just OVERWHELMED
! Everything you've ever learned throughout your school career coming down to just one test! Where do you even begin to start?
My class is preparing to take the state board exam in May and something my teacher just imparted on us when it comes to the NCLEX is: it all comes down to how many questions you see before you take the exam; that's what's going to determine how well you do. Maybe put Saunders down for awhile and just flood yourself with practice questions. Put the questions you couldn't answer in one pile and then go review the chapters on that material. Put the questions you could answer in another pile and move on.
And remember how awesome it's going to feel to be able to put that title (R.N. or LPN) behind your name:caduceus: . And the relief your going to feel when that test is finally over and you finally learned you've passed
...what a Merry Christmas you'll have! And the salary you're going to bring home. "If you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night." And you've obviously made it through the twilight:mortarboard: !
And I definitely think taking a break from studying to cruise around here for awhile is helpful. It's like giving your brain a break, while still staying in the healthcare mind frame!
Good luck! Keep at it...you know it'll all be worth it when it's over.