Filipino Nurses who passed the NCLEX without the help of Review Center - page 4

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Hello i would like to invite those who passed the NCLEX but without Review Centers. Please share your experiences, strategies and methods of study to inspire and motivate those future nurses like me who will take the NCLEX by... Read More


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    hello well thats correct you can take nclex without review centers provided you have the motivation,discipline,and strategy act like as a review center to your self, well actually it took me 10 most before i take nclex the first 3 mos i enrolled in a review ctr..but as i recognize what i can do in review center i can do it in my own home...provided you have the materials..and for the remaining months i review it by myself...well here are some advise...1st. you need to have a study area maybe in your home or in any other place as for me i look for a library near our vicinity 2nd make your own review calendar(for me 6mos complex to simple review) it is very good if you started first with lecture find a reliable complete lecture notes that will boost your confidence...make a day off on your review schedule 3rd it is much better if you look for a study buddy if it works for you...4th do not memorize for me i just read over and over and over again and tried to understand what i am reading 5th on the last 2 mos.before the exam try answering some practice question at least 150/day or if you can make it try answering 265 question with timer(6hrs) 6th on the weeks before the exam try to memorize some points on what you've studied and lastly PRAY...ask for for help to him and tell him that you really need to pass this exam claim it that you are a usrn already and it really works...well quite to long but it really works for me...good luck and god bless.here are the answer to your questions:
    1. What are the materials that you used?
    saunders q&a,compre,feuer lecture, q&a cd's(lippincott,saunders,exam cram,springhouse etc)
    2. How many hours per day did you study? how many questions did u answer per day?
    this is the usual schedule during my self review..(for 6 mos)
    7am-10am-lecture; 10am-10:30-break; 10:30-12:00-lecture notes
    12:00-1pm-lunch; 1pm-3pm-practice exam with rationale(75 items) 3pm-3:30-break; 3:30-5pm-lecture 5pm-9pm rest,internet,watch tv, you'll need to sacrifice your usual routine 9pm-11pm-practice exam with rationale(75 items)
    3. How many days or months in total you studied before taking the exam?
    10 months
    4. What are the specific strategies that you used or the the test taking skills you applied during the exam?
    read the above suggestions
    5. Take one or take two?
    with determination,sacrifice,discipline,patience and with God's help take one stopped.
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    hi there just want to share this scripture....mark 11:24-for this reason i tell you:when you pray and ask for something believe that you have recieved it and you will be given what ever you asked for...good luck to all those nclex takers....
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    1. what are the materials that you used?
    saunders, feuer lecture, nursing bullets

    2. how many hours per day did you study? how many questions did u answer per day?

    cramming!!!!!! that always worked for me

    first week kept on reading!!!
    second week kept on answering!!!

    3. how many days or months in total you studied before taking the exam?
    19 days but lived like a hermit....no nothing!! mobile phone's off!! no telly, no radio!!! just me and my books...lots of food in my room though!!!
    i always bring my bullets to work, though. so that if i got a quiet patient or get assigned in the side room i've got something to read)

    4. what are the specific strategies that you used or the the test taking skills you applied during the exam?
    take 1 gram of paracetamol before the start of the test (you dont know how long one would sit and stare at the computer)

    5. take one or take two?
    just one and passed with 75 questions!!
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    Cramming is actually the worst thing that you can do in preparation for the NCLEX exam, your brain will not remember what it needs to. This exam is completely different than any exam that you have ever taken or will take. It is not concerned with what you learned in nursing school, but how you are going to apply it when you begin to work. And nothing more than that.

    You should not be preparing for more than three hours per day, or your brain just does not retain all that you have learned and studied. And it should not take one more than three months to prepare for this exam.

    For any questions about preparing for the NCLEX exam, they should be posted on the NCLEX Forum since this exam is specific to working in the US, and not in your country.

    And it does not matter where the nurse is from, the exam requires the same preparation, even if you trained in the US.
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    Quote from suzanne4

    You should not be preparing for more than three hours per day, or your brain just does not retain all that you have learned and studied. And it should not take one more than three months to prepare for this exam.
    Good Day!

    I've got one question, why does one not take the preparation for more than three months mam?

    Thank you...
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    to all of you on here....

    guys, suzanne is correct she does give good advices... so listen to her....as working in the us is a whole new ball game, prepare for it and prepare for it really well....

    i, on the other hand, has never taken this aspect into account while i was typing my post...

    i was only sharing to you guys how i did it...
    firstly, like i said that's how i function to retain what i have read ... i need a bit of pressure...
    secondly, i was just answering the questions in a carefree manner, nothing to take to heart, again just sharing...
    thirdly, in my job i don't have the time....and i bet most of you have this....make use of it....take advantage of it by revising....

    cramming is not what i recommend...and that to each his own...
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    Quote from newbornballer
    Good Day!

    I've got one question, why does one not take the preparation for more than three months mam?

    Thank you...
    You should have had the proper training and learning experiences when you were in your school program in the first place. The NCLEX exam is quite different from the NLE, it is not testing you on what you learned in school, it knows that you have already been tested on the material.

    It wants to know what you will do with the information and how you will use it in your practice. If you have a good, solid background in nursing, then it should not take you more than three months to prepare for the exam, and that is with only three hours per day.

    We do have an NCLEX Forum here under the student tab, so for questions specific to the exam and passing it, request that they get posted there. Preparation for the exam should not be any different if you are in another country, it is still the same exam no matter where it is taken.
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    Thank you ma'am suzanne... but I really feel that I need more than three months to prepare for it as well with the CGFNS exam...
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    i read kaplan and saunders... just don't forget the basics of nursing... when i took the nclex, most of the questions were about prioritization and delegation plus topics on safety measures focusing on the elderly and toddlers...
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    Quote from newbornballer
    Thank you ma'am suzanne... but I really feel that I need more than three months to prepare for it as well with the CGFNS exam...
    That is your personal choice, but have found that it is not needed. CGFNS is an entirely different exam and actually requires different preparation from what is done for the NCLEX-RN exam.

    And there is no reason that you should even be writing the CGFNS exam any more, unless you are planning on working in one of the four states that still requires it. It will not help you in any way get to the US any faster; you are still looking at the same five year wait for a chance at this time.


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