For those who passed: Please share your study habits - page 3

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I wanted to get study tips from those who passed NCLEX, and get some ideas on effective studying habits. I would really appreciate if you can answer these questions: 1. How many hours a day did you study for NCLEX, and for how... Read More


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    It was a little pricey and not very helpful. It was a hard read review wise. I found Saunders great for review. It hit all the the main points, of course with out the med/surg background to explain why's of things. If you can read it and know why things are then it helps you remember the key/main points. Mosbys questions are tough, better than the state board questions. By which I mean if you can do them you can do nclex. You would think the state board questions would be better, but I found them confusing and not great with the rationals. with mosbys if you get it wrong you know why and don't make the same mistake. So more progress... Doing questions that don't really clarify what is right and why so you get the next ones right just are not helpful at least not to me.
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    1. How many hours a day did you study for NCLEX, and for how long? I studied Mon-Fri for about 5 hours each day. I did this for 2 weeks before taking the test. I found that taking NCLEX right after graduation worked best for me - graduated May 18, took NCLEX June 5th.

    2. What books did you read? Any book in particular you focused on? I found Elsevier/HESI book most helpful!

    3. Did you take a classroom/online review from Kaplan, Hurst, etc.? No. Too expensive.

    4. Did you answer practice questions? How many per day?
    YES! This is what I focused most on. 150-200/day.

    5. Please share any other study habits/tips/resources/books that you feel has greatly helped you in passing NCLEX. I didn't find reading review books very helpful. To nail the questions you gotta practice the questions! Best piece of advice I can give.
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    Thank you for all your inputs. I appreciate it. I'm testing in 1.5 weeks. I'm currently doing the Hurst review for content, NCSBN and Kaplan for questions (I didn't read the review part on NCSBN, just the questions), and LaCharity for Prio. I haven't passed NCLEX yet, so I might not be the best person to give advice. But I just wanted to share my thoughts about some of the review materials out there that I've tried.

    Here's my idea about NCSBN: I find that the NCSBN questions are sometimes confusing. The wording is somewhat weird for some of the questions. Also, they don't give good rationales. If you pick a wrong answer, they won't give you the reason why it was wrong. However because I've read a lot of reviews that NCSBN is closest to NCLEX, so I'm still answering questions from their website to prepare myself for the test.

    My idea about Kaplan: Kaplan has very good rationales. You will really understand why the answer you picked is right or wrong. And their questions are well worded. I would recommend Kaplan if you already have a good content. If not, then I suggest you review your content first before you practice Kaplan questions. That way you would understand the rationales better.

    What bothers me is that my Kaplan scores are better than NCSBN scores. I'm averaging around 60% with Kaplan, which I think is average for most (at least from the threads I've read). With NCSBN I'm averaging around 50% with 65% as highest. It really bothers me because they said you need to get at least 75% with NCSBN. Any thoughts on this?
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    Here's what I can tell you. I got an 99.29 conversion score on my hesi on the ncbon questions...60 it was all I could do to get a passing score, on some of them. I got 75 on nclex lot count of how many sata q's and was done in just over an hour. Longest hour of my life but still...
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    I passed nclex last month, first time I took it. To study I did the hurst program for 3 weeks before the test. I also did ati nclex qbank. I personally HATED Kaplan and do not recommend it. It is very confusing and the "strategy questions" do not prepare u to actually pass nclex by legitimate knowledge, instead by strategic guessing. For me hurst was great, reinforced important concepts and dangers that u may have forgotten thru nursing school. Just pace urself during ur test and pay close close attention to the first 30 Qs they are usually just foundation Qs but they try to be a little tricky and if u miss any u get slammed with similar Qs. I had 75 Qs and honestly can say nclex was nowhere near as hard as any of my nursing school tests, ati tests or practice tests. I would say it was pretty easy, at least my test was. Just don't choose the "killer nurse" answer on any of ur Qs. Good luck.
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    I graduated July 31 & took my nclex-pn Sept. 13 & passed with the minimum questions. I hardly studied at all. My program used ATI as a study resource & I used it during my program & a little after. The practice test I took before graduation said I had a 97% probability of passing the first time. Pretty much all I did was online practice tests & made sure I had the lab values down & read the nclex tips from ATI. But, I feel that my program was very good at preparing us for the nclex-pn.

    Some tips I found helpful from the ATI Booklet "Preparing for the NCLEX-PN":
    -There is no short staffing in the NCLEX hospital. Nurses always have time to sit eye level with clients & listen to them
    -If the question is asking for your intervention, you are looking for something that is wrong, not what is right
    -If you have never heard of the medication, it might not matter. For example, an item tells you the med is causing nausea & vomiting. What do you do for any client who is nauseated after taking a med? Giving a med with food often helps. When in doubt, use your clinical reasoning skills to lead you to the correct response.
    -Decide what to do when the right answer is not there. When reading the choices, you may not see your first choice. That is why you need a pool of answers to draw on.

    ---a couple more tips, but I don't remember where these came from:
    -If there are two choices completely opposite each other, one is probably the right answer
    -Avoid answer choices with absolutes that leave no room for variance. There aren't many absolutes in nursing.


    Good luck!!
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    Thank you for giving us such good ideas really appreciate that bottom point is use one book for content ,lacharity ,and at least 3000 questions and read the rationales.

    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 29, '12 : Reason: format
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    1. How many hours a day did you study for NCLEX, and for how long?

    - 5 months, minimum of 4 hours and maximum of 9 hours

    2. What books did you read? Any book in particular you focused on?
    - almost all. haha! hurst book, saunders book, kaplan strategies, exam cram-RN,pda. I focused saunders for my content. I used kaplan qt, exam cram and pda for my practice questions as my final coaching

    3. Did you take a classroom/online review from Kaplan, Hurst, etc.?
    - yes! its called NCNA near our area (classroom review)

    4. Did you answer practice questions? How many per day?
    - yes! a lot! i finished all the questions on the book. 75- 100 per day. but sometimes whenever im tired,i only answer 20q

    5. Please share any other study habits/tips/resources/books that you feel has greatly helped you in passing NCLEX.
    - Do deep breathing exercises and when your computer did not shut off at 75, just relax, take a deep breath, you are still on the ball game. Don’t focus on the number of questions, don’t analyze the questions as a high level or low level, that’s my mistake on my first take. Just analyze what the question is asking you and do the power of eliminations

    - To those who didn’t make it for the first time like me, trust me, I’ve been on your shoes before, I understand and I just want to say and I dare you not to give up on your dreams. They said, “The only real failure in life is the failure to try”. You can do this, I know and I believe that you guyz are strong and a fighter.

    - be determined, believe on yourself, be consistent and have faith


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