Saunders: What in the world do I do now?

  1. OK I have the saunders book been using it throughout school. I also have a ton of cds including kaplan. trouble is I have no clue what to do from here. the amount of material is sooooo daunting That I am having trouble formulating a plan . PLEASE PLEASE can some one offer some advise on how to study from here? Those of you who did it on your own (w/o a class) how did you organize your studying? I am normally good at organizing my studying but I am having a really hard time figuring how to review nursing school!! Please help!
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  3. by   nurseMargo
    There is no need to review "nursing school". Saunders is all you need.
    Read Suzanne's sticky!!!
  4. by   suzy253
    Lots of tips on the NCLEX forum.

    Here is the Suzannne 'sticky' link:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f197/fir...de-135609.html


    Good luck
  5. by   cherricka
    When I took my Nclex exam, I only did the cd programs over and over for hours daily, even taking my computer to the beach and camping over the summer. I never looked at my nursing books. my computer at the test turned off after 75 questions, so I must have done very well.
    Good luck
  6. by   SkateBetty
    Quote from pasero
    OK I have the saunders book been using it throughout school. I also have a ton of cds including kaplan. trouble is I have no clue what to do from here. the amount of material is sooooo daunting That I am having trouble formulating a plan . PLEASE PLEASE can some one offer some advise on how to study from here? Those of you who did it on your own (w/o a class) how did you organize your studying? I am normally good at organizing my studying but I am having a really hard time figuring how to review nursing school!! Please help!

    Pasero,

    If you've been using your Saunders book throughout school you've probably been doing about the same thing I've been; studying the corresponding material as you moved throughout your program. Now that I've finished I planned to review each chapter a second time for content, 50 pgs./day, as well as about 100 questions/day from the cd. If you take it in chunks like that you'll spend about six weeks preparing. You've also been using Kaplan, which I love for test-taking strategies, so I think you need to get started and not think about the mountain. By the yard it's hard, but by the inch it's a cinch.
  7. by   pasero
    Thanks for getting backing to me cherricka. So really just qestions no content reveiw? How many did you end up doing? which ones?
    Sorry to be such a nerd but I'm nervous.
    Last edit by pasero on Jan 8, '06
  8. by   pasero
    Quote from SkateBetty
    Pasero,

    If you've been using your Saunders book throughout school you've probably been doing about the same thing I've been; studying the corresponding material as you moved throughout your program. Now that I've finished I planned to review each chapter a second time for content, 50 pgs./day, as well as about 100 questions/day from the cd. If you take it in chunks like that you'll spend about six weeks preparing. You've also been using Kaplan, which I love for test-taking strategies, so I think you need to get started and not think about the mountain. By the yard it's hard, but by the inch it's a cinch.
    thanks I've never heard that before "By the yard it's hard, but by the inch it's a cinch." I love it. that sounds like an excellent plan! Thanks for sharing.
  9. by   cherricka
    I used my local library, and checked out any NCLEX book they had with a CD. THe CD's come with "mini" explanations of the rational of the answers. It is the same format as the computerized NCLEX exam, so you get used to it. Practice, Practice Practice! When it comes down to it, you have to study the way you feel most comfortable. I wish I had time to look at all my text books, but I just didn't. (SIngle mom, working full time, blah ,blah, blah).

    I say the following as encouragement only-remember, you can always take the boards again. I promise you , that no one will know, or for that matter care. Your new employers will have no idea if you took them once or fifteen times. And here is another tidbit. They also don't care if you got all A's or all C's. All they care is that you have a valid licence! I was a 4.0 student, and got the same job as someone with a 2.0!

    Good luck-and remeber to breathe and eat before the exam!
  10. by   NaomieRN
    I would just use saunders book. No need to make yourself go crazy.
  11. by   pasero
    Quote from cherricka
    I used my local library, and checked out any NCLEX book they had with a CD. THe CD's come with "mini" explanations of the rational of the answers. It is the same format as the computerized NCLEX exam, so you get used to it. Practice, Practice Practice! When it comes down to it, you have to study the way you feel most comfortable. I wish I had time to look at all my text books, but I just didn't. (SIngle mom, working full time, blah ,blah, blah).

    I say the following as encouragement only-remember, you can always take the boards again. I promise you , that no one will know, or for that matter care. Your new employers will have no idea if you took them once or fifteen times. And here is another tidbit. They also don't care if you got all A's or all C's. All they care is that you have a valid licence! I was a 4.0 student, and got the same job as someone with a 2.0!

    Good luck-and remeber to breathe and eat before the exam!
    That does put it in perspective--thanks!!!

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