When is enough A-NOUGH?

  1. Is it true that you can study too much? I have tried everything, just need some encouragement. I graduted late August, our school was late getting info to the MO state board, therefore I moved, started working (non-nursing) so I could study, I kind of put things off but for the last week(s) I have studied a lot more, I test on Thursday the 20th, and I am scared, I keep doing horrible on the Saunders practice quizzes, studying questions and exam,...I am starting to think I need to go to school again - lol A lot of my fellow classmates have taken boards and passed, most only taking 85 questions (as this is for PN)...I did well in school, just need help, advice, anything to make it. I try to study atleast 5 or 6 hours a day, still doing not so great-get 1/2 of the questions right, sometimes more sometimes less...ANY help would do me great!

    Thanks you-Chelle
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   luilui_604
    hey Chelle76,

    i'm right there with you!! i also graduated in August and will be writing my NCLEX-RN on Jan 20 toooo ....wanna know something else too? i'm not scoring too hot on the practice exams...my average is 65%....it's tough, but you have a few more days to review your areas of weakness...as for me, i suck at pharmacology! there are just waaaay too many non-specific side effects for sooo many drugs that i can't possibly remember everything....so i've decided that after spending about 6-7 hours of reviewing/doing practice questions each day that i'm just gonna have to 'wing' this darn NCLEX......i don't think anyone could ever feel fully prepared to take this exam.....i think if you continue to do what you're doing, it should be fine!! sounds like most people on this forum have been scoring around 60-70% on practice exams...even though it doesn't sound very high, lots of people are passing the NCLEX on the first try!! just keep at it and we can do it together!!! we should keep each other posted on our results!! the NCLEX is just 5 days away :uhoh21: GOOD LUCK
  4. by   nynurse2b
    I don't know bout you guys but if I see one more question I think i wil be sick :uhoh21: Another week to go and hopefully this study will be over ...good luck to everyong taking the boards....
  5. by   SpecFuz
    I just took a practice test from my Kaplan book. Out of 180 questions I got 118 right. Unfortunately, the cd doesn't tell me what that means. I felt like some of the questions were very easy and some I just didn't know! I'm also using saunders and some other study guides.

    nynurse2b...I have another week to go to before my test. Good luck everyone!
  6. by   Chelle76
    Quote from luilui_604
    hey Chelle76,

    i'm right there with you!! i also graduated in August and will be writing my NCLEX-RN on Jan 20 toooo ....wanna know something else too? i'm not scoring too hot on the practice exams...my average is 65%....it's tough, but you have a few more days to review your areas of weakness...as for me, i suck at pharmacology! there are just waaaay too many non-specific side effects for sooo many drugs that i can't possibly remember everything....so i've decided that after spending about 6-7 hours of reviewing/doing practice questions each day that i'm just gonna have to 'wing' this darn NCLEX......i don't think anyone could ever feel fully prepared to take this exam.....i think if you continue to do what you're doing, it should be fine!! sounds like most people on this forum have been scoring around 60-70% on practice exams...even though it doesn't sound very high, lots of people are passing the NCLEX on the first try!! just keep at it and we can do it together!!! we should keep each other posted on our results!! the NCLEX is just 5 days away :uhoh21: GOOD LUCK
    You know, my weaknesses are EVERYTHING......lol...the few things I thought I was really bad at, are my strengths, which is BEYOND me! Pharmacology is REALLY ROUGH, especially since I took it VERY long ago...in like 2003 summer of that is...but somehow I can break it down to the right 2 choices, but the best one-that is the grace of the Nursing Gods! lol....If you need to chat, I am here...I am away from ALL of my fellow classmates whom have already taken the test w/ flying colors so I feel stranded......Good Luck to you..I am cheering for ya!
  7. by   Chelle76
    Quote from nynurse2b
    I don't know bout you guys but if I see one more question I think i wil be sick :uhoh21: Another week to go and hopefully this study will be over ...good luck to everyong taking the boards....
    I am doing the Lippincott's Review tonight and I keep setting the # of questions to like 20-I cannot stand taking ALL of them UGH! Saunders HA-I do real good on that one about 50% lol it is just AWFUL-I want to puke
  8. by   sionanne
    By the time my NCLEX exam approached I was sick of studying and a couple days before the test I stopped doing practice questions because I was so sick of doing them I was finding myself not reading the questions completely
    and that can be dangerous on your NCLEX exam. The last couple of days I just read the review book.
  9. by   Chelle76
    A friend of mine did the same, she stopped 3 days before and just reviewed-I am just so nervous, dont think that I studied at ALL enough..and I am not doing good on the practice tests, if I take 10 questions at a time I do WONDERFUL same with 20 even, but if I do over 50 whoot I am doing awful-I am not sure why, I think I am neverous, stressed, and will take your idea-I guess the worse thing is taking it more than once then that is okay with me-it shouldt be this stressful!

    thanks,
    still hve tears, michelle
  10. by   luilui_604
    hi again

    i find myself procrastinating more and more each day....i try to do a full practice exam with a minimum of 75 questions and i just CAN NOT sit through the entire thing without being distracted.....i decided that i am not going to do any test questions what-so-ever the day before the NCLEX....i am just going to de-stress and sleep early....heck, i'll probably go shopping too and by myself something nice!

    the clock is ticking.....another 3 days to go...
  11. by   madwife2002
    Oh god isn't waiting to do NCLEX the most awful thing. It will not be what you expected I found it to be hard with the most obscure questions of illnesses and drugs I had never heard off. I was getting 75-80% pre test but I am sure I have failed because I forgot to do a couple of important things so I am going to give you all the benefit of my recent experience (17th Jan). Firstly focus, DONT RUSH you have plenty of time. Read all question and get rid of the obvious wrong ans. I know you might think I am stating theobvious but I forgot to do all of the above, and if I fail that is the reason because i was well prepared and have years of nursing experience(15 as rn in uk)

    So good luck to all of you but remember when you sit in front of that computer screen
    FOCUS
    Last edit by madwife2002 on Jan 18, '05 : Reason: forgot to say i d0ont know if I have passed or failed yet
  12. by   LPN01112005
    Quote from SpecFuz
    I just took a practice test from my Kaplan book. Out of 180 questions I got 118 right. Unfortunately, the cd doesn't tell me what that means. I felt like some of the questions were very easy and some I just didn't know! I'm also using saunders and some other study guides.

    nynurse2b...I have another week to go to before my test. Good luck everyone!
    That gives you a 65% on that particular test. The comprehensive tests at the end of most study guide books are set up to give the proper percentage of test questions from each category of the client needs: Safe, Effective Care Environment; Health Promotion and Maintenance; Phycosocial Integrity, and Physiologic Integrity. You should be able to judge your areas of strength/weakness based on your performance in each area as the client needs category should be listed with the rationales. If you are scoring below 75% in any particular area, you probably need to focus more attention there.
    Good luck.

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