How do you use EC guides to content? - page 2

Hello all, Im new to Excelsior and I was just looking for some direction as to how to get started. I have been reading up and am happy I learned NOT to sign up with a publishing company (a friend... Read More

  1. by   traumahawk99
    i've taken the first 6 exams. i'd advise you to buy the books they recommend. i think i bought all of the books used online, with the exception of a couple. i think i spend 600 or so in books, total. that's not much if you consider what you're spending on the whole program.

    the content guides tend to be a bit general, but there's a lot of information covered on each exam. i'd look up anything mentioned in the content guide on the net (make sure you've got reliable sources like the cdc, or nonprofit foundations) unless i had a thorough understanding. i got a lot of questions right on the exams because i did just that. if you read something from three different sources, then you'll gain a thorough understanding of the concepts at hand.

    so far, i've made 4 a's and 2 b's on the exams. i didn't buy anyone's content guide, etc. imo, the ONLY thing to spend money on is the books they recommend.

    good luck. there is no shortcut to hard studying!
  2. by   RN34TX
    I bought every book EC recommended for each exam but found out later that I could have saved some money.

    I passed nearly every exam (with an "A" or "B") with one book:
    Mosby's NCLEX-RN Review book.
    I don't think that book was more than $20.
    It broke down the material into outline format and was much less cumbersome than the standard med/surg textbooks.
    After I discovered using that book, I hardly ever opened my other textbooks except for instances when I needed more depth on something.

    Good for all of you who help to spread the word on those vultures (College Network,etc.) and to stay away from them before your RN degree ends up costing you thousands more than it needs to.
  3. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from RN34TX
    I bought every book EC recommended for each exam but found out later that I could have saved some money.

    I passed nearly every exam (with an "A" or "B") with one book:
    Mosby's NCLEX-RN Review book.
    I don't think that book was more than $20.
    It broke down the material into outline format and was much less cumbersome than the standard med/surg textbooks.
    After I discovered using that book, I hardly ever opened my other textbooks except for instances when I needed more depth on something.

    Good for all of you who help to spread the word on those vultures (College Network,etc.) and to stay away from them before your RN degree ends up costing you thousands more than it needs to.

    I know what u mean! When I was studying for LPN boards I used Saunders Comprehensive Review book and I was like WOW I wish I had this in school! Im gonna buy the one for RN and use that as well. good advice

    I did get the study guides but not thru the publishing company. I got a few on ebay and then I found a very gracious person who copied the rest for me for basically the cost of paper/toner/shipping. I ordered the med/surg and fundamentals books on half.com for about $3 each! It was the edition before the newest one. Not bad! they never change much at all but mark the prices way up! so its to your advantage to buy an older edition of the book (although I try to get it as new as possible). I think I am pretty much good to go!
  4. by   Firemedic7
    Hi All-

    I am alittle slow so can you answer a question for me?
    I just got a "B" on NC1 and am starting NC2, Before when I studied, I would look at the Reading Assignment section and read those chapters, beginning to end , so are you all saying just use those chapters as a reference and find the info needed to learn the content guide?
    I need some quick info because the next chapter I am due to read is 275 pages

    Any help appreciated

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