Hi there! I am an Excelsior grad from last year, now working in an ER.
Remember that the ONLY accredited school that you can go from LPN to RN with is Excelsior. ALL of the other names you hear, chancellors, rue, distance learning systems, moore, etc are just publishers that sell you books. Extra money is all it is. Depends what your learning style is and what works for you. I was very disappointed in the "private" study guides I did come across.
Excelsior gives you a free "content guide" for each exam that lists recommended textbooks and the specific chapters the test will cover. I took all my own notes then based on that outline. Excelsior can be done, but you really have to have the drive to follow up everything you read on your own, seeking out experiences then........to experience it.
I was a research nurse as an LPN for many years....and I left that very comfortable job to go back to the hospital full time while I did Excelsior. I needed to be exposed to all that stuff up front - and I drained my coworkers brains dry by asking questions and looking for opportunities.
Feel free to email me if you want -