There is a need to learn how to study and to learn how to take test.
1)Kaplan is a perfect example of a program that teaches you how to take test.
When i was in class last semester, the class average for the first test was 59, that was the class average! Do u know what the professor did after that test she started a test taking review, and after that the class average started to climb. Most people who get into a nursing program already have a high GPA and are smart they just need guidance. Guidance because nursing classes are intense, alot of information thrown at u in a short period of time. And every teacher has a different nursing teaching style.
2) Yes students do need to be thought how to study, what they need to know from what is good to know.
That is why if you buy a book to prepare for the nclex, it will more likely teach u things that you need to know as a entry level nurse. Sure doing extra review or reading is great but not at the cost of getting low grades. And on top of that half the stuff u learn, unless u use it you will forget it. Thats why there are different specialities in nursing. OB/Gyn , Psych, Med surg, when a nurse decides to go into a specific field thats where they learn to become a expert in that subject area. Not in nursing school
As pertaining to being a good nurse, that all depends on the individual and what they do when they start working on the floor. The real learning begins when u start working as a nurse gaining experience.
Dont get me wrong i believe a person should be well informed but dont tell me to read 20 something pages in a book, and not one piece of material will come on that for the test. I have in my possessions about 200 dollars worth of books that i havent even read. But we are told to buy it and read it. But when i found out that nothing from the test will come on those books i put them by the side and studied what i needed to know.