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  2. Future MSN


    Please let me know if anyone suggest Anki. I think it is a great resource. Thank you
  3. RNJacksonville91

    ATI Study Tips

    Also I don’t know if your school does Capstone for ATI you might wanna ask, all my tests were also on ATI and it helped
  4. RNJacksonville91

    ATI Study Tips

    I would recommend sticking to the adaptive quizzing under learning systems 3.0 and any practice questions in the improve tab
  5. Hello: I am currently enrolled in Adult Health ( Medical Surgical II). My school uses ATI as the platform for all testing and quizzes which is a new administration change. Further, our test our customized but given on the ATI system. Does anyone have any tips for studying through ATI? P.S. We are going over The cardiovascular system, and are expected to read a EKG strip, etc... Anything helps Love, Fellow Nursing Student
  6. mp72


    Do you use any premade decks? My husband is in med school and they have SO many premade decks that are great resources but I haven't found any for nursing school/NCLEX. I use anki exclusively for studying
  7. Thanks for posting these great resources which are quite helpful. Along these lines, does anybody use any online nursing study resources pointed out here among other articles and web searches? NRSNG ScrubcheatsNCLEX RN MasteryStudystack NursingPicmonicUWorldEpocratesSome of these programs are quite expensive so it would be great to get some real-world advice on what works best not only for studying in nursing school but for preparing for the NCLEX too, what do you think?
  8. Books to read 1. Saunders NCLEX book & Nursing Diagnosis Priority Care Plan 2. Physiological of Basic Acute Care 3. Pharmacology of Basic Acute Care 4. Prioritization, Delegation, Assignment 5. NSCBN NCLEX Test Plan **Bonus Mark K audio**
  9. seashellmichelle

    Sleep is Your Best Friend

    Happy that I've been doing that then! lol It's true though. The sleep works so much more than the extra study time. Plus, if you prioritize sleep and can get up earlier, you'll feel refreshed and ready to take on some new info.
  10. seashellmichelle

    Find your method

    I've found studying for 30 mins and then taking 40 or so mins as a break and repeating that a few times works for me. I think a lot of people just cram everything and forget how important it is to take breaks. The longer you study the less you will retain, at least from what I see. In terms of study methods, I do a few different things. I first read the unit I need to study, then I write out all the key terms, lastly, I read these things aloud, almost like teaching an imaginary class. When I do this part I try to put things in my own words the best I can. I've found this to be the best routine for me. So far I've been maintaining the best grades I've had by implementing different study methods plus breaks.
  11. normai

    Never Give Up!

    I love to read inspiring nurses that are making a difference. I am 47 and I have three kids. I decided to go back to school to be a nurse because I love helping people and I love being able to make a difference even if its a small one. I have been a HHA, CNA, MA all together I have been someway or anaother in the health field. I'm failing A&P and I feel so ashamed something I have wanted for so many years and now I have the opportunity because my children are older, and I have failed. I will never get into nursing school. Ugh my heart is broken. I wanted so much to be a hospice nurse. Well best wishes to all the nurses and future nurse.
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  15. It is uppermost in the process of studying and retaining information that preparation be an integral part. As important as being attentive at lecture time; the addition of a cumulative outline of crucial text, by any acceptable method deemed comfortable, serve as reinforcement of said material as well as a quick yet substantive review prior to testing. My advice here would be, keep note-taking and highlighting to a minimum, so the eye is drawn not overwhelmed, "short and sweet, keeps it concrete". Next, whenever possible, read silently and aloud, repeating once, without reading, but visualizing the words on the page before advancing. If possible, get a study partner to review the material with you, and help develop sample tests, oral as well as written, at closure of each section or system, subject review. The night prior to our state board testing there were still students running room to room with text books clutched to their chests which I found a useless expenditure of energy as I locked my door and settled into sleep.
  16. The main thing about studying is to learn as much as you can as soon as you can. In other words begin with some self-preparation, making mental or written notation of subject matter that eludes or needs further description. Begin fresh, that is well-rested, properly nourished and hydrated, which helps keeping mentally alert and receptive. from the first material review to pretesting review. This, eliminates panic and the feeling of the need to cram, or try thinking of creative methods to cheat.
  17. then chew the same brand/flavor when taking the test. This will enhance your memory for the subject you studied earlier!
  18. Study 7 nights a week I would use Sunday as a review day and study about 2 hours so I could keep up with the current schedule and have a better idea of how to prepare for exams. I never read one chapter and understand the material so for me I read each one two times. I took breaks after every hour of studying and watched tv for at least 45 minutes or take a walk to get a mental break. Put yourself under Nclex testing circumstances and take over 300 questions at least 2 times before NCLEX.
  19. Hi, just passed My NCLEX a month ago. I went through quite a struggle during my study time just like an average nursing student. I gave myself 3 months, keeping myself positive everytime i felt like this is not for me or I can't do it. Positive meaning imagining the day when I will pass my exam or anything that means most to you. I started with 5-10 questions then 20,50, 75 per day with review, I used planner for time management, studied for 3 months, praying God each day & here I am today .
  20. I find it best to study a little everyday making sure that I spend at least 30 minutes. And then I also make sure that I don't spend too much time studying in the same fashion meaning if I've been reading lecture notes or my textbook for the last 45 minutes I switch it up to practicing NCLEX questions or listening to my recorded lecture, that way my brain doesn't shut off and I don't get frustrated.
  21. 2 Tips. First take notes in your book while you read. We are all told not to write in books, buy you paid (>$100) go ahead. It reinforces you reading. Take notes in margins and around graphs. 2nd, don't use regular PPTs. If you can get the instructor PPTs. They have notes next to the slides. Most test questions come from these notes.
  22. SoCaltransplant

    Find your method

    The best way to learn is whatever works for you. Some people like reading the book and can easily digest that information and be perfectly fine. I am a visual learner so I have found watching videos or playing interactive games will make the information stick better with me. Also be sure to take breaks so your brain doesn't overload. This is a lot of information and you want to take time to actually learn it not just regurgitate the information back.
  23. I have learned that a sure way to pass a test is to have good study habits. If your instructor tells you a concept more than once it's likwlu to be on the test. Review the concept repeatedly. Make study questions. Say the answers and questions out loud or have a dedicated study partner.
  24. Utilize those awesome PowerPoint slides if your instructors share them! What I found tremendously helpful is using the slides (which are generally an overview) and a guide to weed out the important topics from a subject, then going through my textbook and elaborating on those concepts in a way that made sense to me to "fill in the blanks." Sometimes this even included flowcharts, pictures, or color-coding. Then... I know this sounds crazy... but SLEEP! Let that good info sink in!
  25. I use many methods to learn, but have found that the most useful has been my whiteboard. A simple example is blood flow through the heart. I used a blue marker to draw the left side that is pumping oxygenated blood from the lungs back to the body, a red marker to draw the right side receiving blood from the body that needs oxygen from the lungs, and a green marker for the valves. Drawing things on a large scale was really helpful for me (and cut down on paper waste).

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